Affiliate of Visual and Environmental Studies
He received his academic training in German literature and intellectual history, studying in Stuttgart, Bonn, and Prague, before taking his doctoral degree at the University of Washington in 1977. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Humboldt, ACLS, DAAD, and Fulbright grants as well as the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for Senior Faculty at Harvard (2001) and the Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship (2003). He is the convener of the monthly Film and Visual Studies Colloquium as well as the FVS Graduate Student Workshop, and the director of the annual Berlin Film Program offered by the Harvard Summer School (in cooperation with the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin). He is also an editor of New German Critique, and, with Anton Kaes, co-director of the German Film Institute held every second summer since 1985, currently at the University of Michigan. His books include West German Film in the Course of Time (Redgrave, 1984), German Film and Literature (Methuen, 1986), West German Filmmakers on Film (Holmes & Meier, 1988), Augenzeugen (Verlag der Autoren, 1988; second updated edition 2001, with Hans Helmut Prinzler), The Films of G.W. Pabst (Rutgers University Press, 1990),The Ministry of Illusion (Harvard University Press, 1996), Neuer Deutscher Film 1962-1985 (Reclam, 2012, with Hans Helmut Prinzler) and The Use and Abuse of Cinema: German Legacies from the Weimar Era to the Present (Columbia University Press, 2015). His current book project is The Cinema of Consensus: Zeitgeist Szenarios in the Kohl Era.