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. My book—Biological Modernism: The New Human in Weimar Culture (Dec. 2019, Northwestern University Press)—looks at the literature, photography, and philosophical anthropology of the Weimar Republic, showing how figures such as Alfred Döblin, Ernst Jünger, and Helmuth Plessner drew on discourses and tropes associated with living nature in order to redefine the human being for a modern, technological age.

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.

Other Publications

  • Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics in Weimar Germany—Helmuth Plessner in Translation.” Review essay. The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 94.4, 363–370. https://doi.org/10.1080/00168890.2019.1660077 

  • “Alien Evolution and Dialectical Materialism in Eastern European Science Fiction.” Forthcoming in Science Fiction Circuits in the South and East, edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche, Peter Lang Oxford.

  • “Döblins ‘Mutterlauge’ vom Expressionismus bis zur Schicksalsreise. Laufbahn einer interdisziplinären Denkfigur.” Internationales Alfred-Döblin-Kolloquium Zürich 2015. Exil als Schicksalsreise. Alfred Döblin und das Literarische Exil 1933–1950, edited by Sabina Becker and Sabine Schneider, Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 287–297.

  • “‘Ersticken im Stofflichen’ – Characters as Collectives in Alfred Döblin’s Wallenstein.” The German Historical Novel Since the Eighteenth 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.

  • Review: Andreas Huyssen. Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Harvard University Press, 2015). The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, 90:4 (2015): 362–365.

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