My main areas of teaching are twentieth century German culture, German film and media, and various aspects of German mass culture, urban culture, and visual culture. Most of my teaching is interdisciplinary and comparative in approach and concerned primarily with the relationship between culture and politics; hence the focus on the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Select German and General Humanities Courses (Undergraduate)

  • Classics of German Cinema
  • The Modern Metropolis
  • Weimar Culture
  • Berlin, World City
  • GDR Culture
  • The Fascist Aesthetics
  • Third Reich and Exile Culture
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Anti-Americanism


I welcome welcomes inquiries from potential PhD students with research interests that roughly fall within the boundaries of German studies, that focus on the late nineteenth and twentieth century, and that have a broad interdisciplinary orientation and a particular affinity for questions of mass and class culture.

Supervised Dissertations

  • Bradley Boovy: “Gay Men and the Culture of the Closet in West Germany, 1949-1969” (2009-12). Associate Professor at Oregon State University.
  • Berna Gueneli: “Fatih Akin as Postnational Auteur In a Transnational Europe” (2008-11). Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.
  • Jan Uelzmann: “Adenauer’s Bonn: The Bonn Republic under Adenauer in Literature, Photography, and Film” (2008-11). Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
  • Mariana Ivanova: “DEFA and East European Cinemas: Transnational Exchange, Artistic Collaborations and Co-Productions” (2008-11).  Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
  • Christelle Lafacheur (co-directed with David Crew): “Defining Nazi Film. The Film Press and the Cinematic Project, 1933-1945.” (2006-12).  Research Historican, National WW II Museum, New Orleans
  • Lee Holt (co-directed with David Crew): “Mountains, Mountaineering, and Modernity” (2005-8).   Language Center at the University of Augsburg.
  • Martin Kley: “All Work and No Play? Labor, Literature and Industrial Modernity on the Weimar Left” (2004-8). Language Center at the University of Heidelberg.