I am Assistant Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I received my Ph.D. in Germanic studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. In 2011, I was awarded the 2011 Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. I teach courses on all aspects of German studies, with a particular emphasis on 20th century culture, literature, and media. I am the director of the Berlin part of the German Languages for Business And Technology (LBAT) study abroad program at Georgia Tech.
In my research, I combine approaches from cultural history, cultural studies, film studies, and literary studies to explore questions related to the Adenauer period (West German nation building, Cold War politics, propaganda, gender relations, Americanization and anti-Americanism, the provisional capital Bonn). I also work on Weimar modernism, film, and on Foreign Language curriculum development. I often implement Mobile Learning technologies (ARIS, AppGyver) in the classroom. I just finished a book manuscript on the politics of the FRG’s self-representation through government-commissioned PR films during the Adenauer period.