Assistant Professor of German
I joined the department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University in September 2014 after completing my Ph.D. at Cornell University in May of the same year. In 2011–2012 I was in Berlin, Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship. My dissertation explored cultural narratives of technology in literature, photographic discourse, and Philosophical Anthropology of the Weimar Republic, a project I'm currently expanding and reworking as a book-length manuscript. At the heart of this project is the sometimes surprising presence of the organic, the biological, and the natural in narratives, discourses, and depictions of technology during the period.
I have published on Alfred Döblin, Albert Renger-Patzsch, and the science fiction of East Germany, among other topics, and in the near future I plan to expand my forays into the New Vision photography of the 1920s, German language science fiction, and Philosophical Anthropology. Speaking broadly, my research is interested in the various ways in which popular genres or visual practices, for example, probe their own historical conditions and aesthetic circumstances in various interdisciplinary ways.
Recent courses include "Cyborgs & Maschinenmenschen in German Literature and Culture," "Learning to See: Art & Media in Weimar Germany," "Intermediate German I," "Texts and Contexts II," "Staging Revolutions," and "Transnational Science Fictions."
- "'Ersticken im Stofflichen' – Characters as Collectives in Alfred Döblin's Wallenstein." The German Historical Novel Since the Nineteenth Century, ed. Daniela Richter. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 97–125.
“Das Ich über der Natur.” Alfred Döblin-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirkung, ed. Sabina Becker. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2016. 276–280.
"Breaking Open Utopia: Science Fiction as Critique in the GDR." Monatshefte 107.3 (2015): 468–482.
- "'Jetzt kommt das Leben': The Technological Body in Alfred Döblin's Berge Meere und Giganten." The German Quarterly 88.3 (2015): 291–316.
- "Simply Reproducing Reality: Brecht, Benjamin, and Renger-Patzsch on Photography." German Studies Review 37.3 (2014): 549–573.
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