I am Assistant Professor of German at Grinnell College. I received my PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. A specialist in 20/21st century German film studies, I teach courses on all aspects of German language, culture, and film at Grinnell. These include German cinema and survey courses on German cultural productions of the 20th/21st century. In Fall 2013, I taught my first Tutorial (a first-year seminar) on Fatih Akın and Multiethnic German Cinema.
My primary research area is on German cinema with a particular focus on Turkish German studies. Currently, I am working on the first (English language) monograph on Fatih Akın and his cinema, (tentatively entitled) The New Sound of Europe: Polyphony and Multiethnicity in Fatih Akın's Cinema.