I have studied Film, German Literature, Philosophy in Kiel, Berlin, Seattle and Chicago and received my Ph.D. degree in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago in 2011. I am working on the history of film theory, intersections of film, science and philosophy, and the place of the moving image within aesthetic theory. Further interests of mine are animal studies and melodrama. I have written essays on Dziga Vertov, Hans Richter, Jakob von Uexküll, and the notion of Stimmung in and for the cinema. Currently I am working on a book project on the interrelationship of non-mechanist conceptions of life in German and French philosophy and theory of biology, on the one hand, and film theory and practice, on the other hand.
My teaching interests span across film history and includes undergraduate lecture courses and seminars such as What Is Weimar Cinema? (GERM 294) and Lives Adrift: Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema (GERM 394), as well as courses beyond German cinema, including Introduction to Global Cinema (CMPL 143). On the graduate level, I have taught Frankfurt School, Film, and Film Theory (GERM 880). Additionally, I teach upper-level language courses, including Introduction to German Literature. Future courses will include a lecture course on melodrama and a graduate seminar on film and ontologies of man and animal.