I am Assistant Professor of German at Grinnell College. With a background in English and Spanish philology, and having studied in Germany, Spain, and the US, I received my PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. A specialist in 20/21st century German film as well as ethnicity and minority studies, I teach courses on all aspects of German language, culture, and film at Grinnell. These include survey courses on German cultural productions of the 20th/21st century (incl. literature) and cinema courses. 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 comprehensive (English language) monograph on Fatih Akın and his cinema, (tentatively entitled) The New Sound of Europe: Fatih Akın's Cinema in Context.