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  • The Proletarian Dream: Socialism, Culture, and Emotion. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017 380 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-055086-3 (cloth) Paperback edition in 2018. Recipient of the2016-17 MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures and the 2019 FRIAS Alumni Book Prize Link
  • Screen Nazis: Cinema, History, and Democracy. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. Shortlisted for Willy Haas Award. Link
  • Topographies of Class: Urban Architecture and Mass Utopia in Weimar Berlin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. 324 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0472050383 (paperback). Link
  • German National Cinema. Expanded and revised edition. London: Routledge, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0415420983 (paperback). First published by Routledge in 2002. Translated into Japanese in 2010 by Choeisha Tokyo. Translated into German as Film in Deutschland: Geschichte und Geschichten ab 1895. Reinbek: Rowohlt (rowohlts deutsche enzyklopädie), 2004. ISBN-13: 978-3499556630 (paperback). Link
  • Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001. 272 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0292734586 (paperback). Link
  • The Cinema’s Third Machine: German Writings on Film 1907-1933. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. ISBN-13: 978-0803223653 (hardcover). Winner of 1994 German Studies Association/DAAD Book Prize. Link
  • Passions and Deceptions: The Early Films of Ernst Lubitsch. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. ISBN-13: 978-0691008783 (paperback). Link


  • Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens. Co-edited with Barbara Mennel. New York: Berghahn, 2012.  978-1-78238-665-0 (paperback) Link
  • Berlin, Divided City, 1945-89. Co-edited with Philip Broadbent. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010. 978-0-85745-802-5 (paperback) Link
  • Convergence Media History. Co-edited with Janet Staiger. London: Routledge, 2009. 978-0415996624 (paperback) Link
  • Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany. Co-edited with John Davidson. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1845455361 (paperback). Link

Recent Articles in Journals and Anthologies (2000 – Present)

  • Add, Delete, Replace: The Revisionist Project of Workers’ Poetry,” Germanic Review, 33 ms. pp.  (forthcoming).
  • “Ferdinand Lassalle, First Socialist Celebrity,” special issue on “The Origins of Celebrity Politics. Charismatic Leadership and Social Movements in XIXth Century Europe,” ed. by Elena Papadia and Marco Manfredi, Ricerche di Storia Politica, 32 ms. pp. Accepted for publication.
  • “Brecht and the Gestus of Socialism,” in Bertolt Brecht in Context, ed. by Stephen       Brockmann. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10 ms. pp. Forthcoming.
  • “Workers, Work, and the Thingspiel,” special issue on “Produktionswelten der Massenkultur,” ed. by Maren Möhring and Antje Dietze, Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für historische Sozialwissenschaft, Jg. 46, Heft 1 (2020), 37 ms. pp. (forthcoming).
  • “Embodied Emotions: On the Communist Habitus of Agitprop,” in Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Modern Germany, ed. by Derek Hillard and Heiki Lempi, 77–94. New York: Berghahn, 2020.
  •  “Communists into Nazis: The Conversion of the German Worker,” in The Wider Arc of Revolution, ed. by Choi Chatterjee, Steven G. Marks, Mary Neuburger, and Steven Sabol, 167–193. Bloomington: Slavica Press of Indiana University, 2019.
  • “Walter Felsenstein and the DEFA Opera Film,” in Reimagining DEFA: East German Cinema in National and Transnational Contexts, ed. Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke, 191-209. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016.
  • “The Münchhausen Complex: From Adaptation to Intermediality,” ILCEA (Revue de l’Institut des langues et cultures d’Europe et d’Amérique 23 (July 2015): 1-13. Online
  • Public Figures, Political Symbols, Popular Stars: Actors in DEFA Cinema and Beyond,” in DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion, ed. Marc Silberman and Henning Wrage, 197-220. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. PDF
  • “The Lives of Objects,” in Das Leben der Anderen and Contemporary German Film, ed. Paul Cooke, 199-219. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013. PDF
  • “Politische Satire im Kalten Krieg: Der Hauptmann von Köln und Rosen für den Staatsanwalt,” in DEFA International: Grenzüberschreitende Filmbeziehungen vor und nach dem Mauerbau, ed. Michael Wedel, Talea Lambusch, and Andy Raeder, 149-63. Marbach: Schüren, 2013. PDF
  • “Weimar Film Theory,” in Weimar Critical Thought: A Contested Legacy, ed. Peter Gordon and John P. McCormick, 273-90. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • “Contemporary German Film Studies in Ten Points,” German Studies Review 36.3 (2013): 643-51.
  • “German Cinema as European Cinema: Learning from Film History,” Film History 25.1-2 (2013): 110-17. PDF
  • “Film, Folk, Class: Béla Balázs on Spectatorship,” in Film—Kino—Zuschauer: Filmrezeption/Film Reception, ed. Irmbert Schenk and Margrit Tröhler, 158-71. Marburg: Schüren, 2010. PDF
  • “Political Affect in the Antifascist Films of Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf,” in Screening War: New Perspectives on German Suffering, ed. Marc Silberman and Paul Cooke, 102-22. Rochester: Camden House, 2010.
  • “F. W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh,” in The Companion to Weimar Cinema, ed. Noah Isenberg, 115-33. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. PDF
  • “Colorful Worlds: The West German Revue Film of the 1950s,” The Cosmopolitan Screen: Germany and the Global Imaginary, 1945 to the Present, ed. Lutz Koepnick and Stephan Schindler, 58-76. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. PDF
  • “Expressionism and Film,” Companion Volume on German Expressionism, ed. Neil Donahue, 321-41. Camden House, N. J., 2005. PDF
  • “Anti-Americanism and the Cold War: On the DEFA Berlin Films,” Americanization and Anti-Americanism: The Impact of American Culture on Germany After 1945, ed. Alexander Stephan, 148-65. New York: Berghahn, 2004. PDF