Ph.D. Yale University
Areas of Focus:
German Studies (20th century), Film Studies, and Transnational Studies
is Associate Professor of German at Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests concentrate on the areas of German studies (20th century), film studies, and transnational studies with a focus on Sino-German relations. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Her book, entitled The Politics of Magic: DEFA Fairy-Tale Films, was published in 2015 by Wayne State University Press. It is the first comprehensive, critical, book-length treatment of the live-action fairy-tale films from the former East Germany. Her co-edited volume Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia appeared in the series Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association in 2014 with Berghahn Press.
Her next book project is tentatively titled “Raising the ‘Bamboo Curtain’: Sino-German Mediascapes from Mao to Tiananmen.” This project explores the political and cultural relationships between divided Germany and China during the Cold War, with a particular focus on print and visual media representations of China in the two Germanies. It synthesizes archival materials to illuminate under-researched topics such as the vacillating press reports about China in both Germanies, German films about China and the screening of Chinese films in the two German states, the impact of the Sino-Soviet Split on East German society, the intellectual discourses of Maoism in both Germanies, and the diverging reactions to the Tiananmen crackdown in East and West Germany. The research taps into prominent issues such as racism, gender politics, nationalism, and cross-cultural understanding.
She is active in the profession. She organized Asian German panels and seminars at the Annual German Studies Association Conferences (GSA) as well as at the International Conference of Germanists (IVG) in Shanghai in 2015. She has served on the program committee of the German Studies Association from 2016 to 2019.
Before joining the Bryn Mawr faculty in 2016, she held Visiting Assistant Professor positions at Miami University in Ohio and at Loyola University Maryland. At Bryn Mawr, she teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture courses. She designed a number of new topical courses including “Representing Diversity in German Cinema,” “Berlin in German Literature and Film,” “German Encounters with East Asia,” “Crime, Justice and the Courtroom” and “1968 and Its Legacies,” “Canonical Works in German Literature.” Most of her courses are taught entirely in German