Assistant Professor in Modern Languages-German
"I am interested in the intersections of modernity, story-telling, media and realism. My research focuses on film adaptations from Weimar Germany (1919-1933), paying particular attention to the manner in which these narratives draw attention to the act of story-telling as much as they communicate the story itself. I have recently become increasingly interested in questions constructions of realism in various media, as well as the manner in which cultural critics of the Weimar Republic understood 'realism' with regard to highly mechanical modes of representation such as photography and film. My sources often creatively pass between categories of fiction and documentary as well as mix media and genres. I am also interested in Austrian culture (especially Vienna around 1900), film studies and film history.
The courses I teach are often media rich, bringing a variety of sources to students to spark their interest."
Years at Knox: 2009 to present
Ph.D., German Studies, 2010, University of Cincinnati.
M.A., Germanic Studies, 2004, University of Chicago.
B.A., German Literature, cum laude, 2002, University of Cincinnati.
German Literature, Guest Student, 2001-2002, Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg/Bowling Green State University.
Late 19th and 20th century German literature and culture, film and visual culture, narratology and media.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
DAAD Group Study Visit Grant in support of "European Identities," a short-term study abroad program, offered in Fall 2013-Winter 2014.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Grant, Summer 2011.
German-American Fulbright Commission Grant, 2011.
Charles Phelps Taft Graduate Enrichment Award, Summer 2009.
Modern Language Association Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2008.
Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2008-2009.
Charles Phelps Taft Graduate Enhancement Fellowship, 2007-2008.
U.S. English Language Teaching Assistantship, Fulbright Commission/Austrian-American Educational Commission, 2006-2007.
University Graduate Stipend, University of Cincinnati, 2004-2009.
University Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2002-2003.
"Double-Take: Béla Balázs and the Visual Disorientation of G.W. Pabst's Dreigroschenoper." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Forthcoming.
"Alfred Döblin." Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Gen. ed. Stephen Ross. Forthcoming.
Rev. of Weimar Culture Revisited. Ed. by John Alexander Williams. German Quarterly 85.2 (2012): 246-248.
Rev. of Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture. Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation. Ed. by Rose-Carol Washton Long, Matthew Baigell and Milly Heyd. German Studies Review 34.1 (2011): 240-1.
Ed. with Todd Herzog, German Cinema: A Critical Filmography to 1945. Caboose: Montreal. (In preparation.)
"Erzähler and Information: Alfred Döblin's Epic Realism." Topography and Literature. Berlin and Modernism. Edited by Reinhard Zachau. Göttingen: V&R unipress (2009): 141-51.
"Image and Text, Fact and Fiction: Narrating W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants in the First Person." Image[&]narrative [e-journal] 22 (2008): n.p.
Edited volume, Focus on German Studies 15 (2008).
Interview, Birgit Dahlke. Focus on German Studies 15 (2008): 210-217.
Interview, Gerhild Scholz Williams. Focus on German Studies 15 (2008): 218-221.
"Gambling and the Spectacle of Chaos and Control." Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18-21, 2012.
"Mario von Bucovich. Weimar Germany's Forgotten Photographer." German Studies Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012.
"It Takes a College. Institutional Support for Successful Undergraduate Research." German Studies Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012.
Commentator for Panel, "Questioning German Film" German Studies Association, Louiseville, Kentucky, September 22-25, 2011.
"Too Good to be True? Kracauer and Balazs on Film and Reality" German Studies Association, Louiseville, Kentucky, September 22-25, 2011.
"Brecht, Pabst and Media" German Studies Association, Oakland, California, October 7-10, 2010.
"In and Out of Reality: Fritz Lang's Films." Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Missouri, November 12-15, 2009.
"Spiegelman's Maus: A Foundation for Teaching Holocaust Representation." Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Missouri, November 12-15, 2009.
"Can the Führer Be Funny?" Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Detroit, Michigan, October 30-November 1, 2009.
"Modernity in Word and Image: Narrative Literature and Film in Weimar Germany." Taft Research Symposium, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 5-8, 2009.
"Alfred Döblin and Photography." German Studies Association, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 3-5, 2008.
"Berlin Alexanderplatz at the Nexus of Reality and Fiction." Berlin and Modernism 1900-1945, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, September 26-28, 2008.
"The Sounds of the Alexanderplatz: Listening to Berlin in Two Media." Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, April 10-13, 2008.
"Images of Culture, A Culture of Images. German Visual Culture in Literature, Film, Art and Beyond." Twelfth Annual Focus on German Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Cincinnati, October 26-27, 2007.
"Re-Thinking Fassbinder: The BRD Trilogy and the Screen," European Cinema: Revisiting Histories and Identities, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2005.
Campus & Community Involvement
Faculty Advisor, Sigma Phi Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honors Society.
Peer-Reviewer, EDGE: A Journal of German and Scandinavian Studies.
Member, American Association of Teachers of German.
Member, German Studies Association.
Member, Midwest Modern Language Association.
Member, Modern Language Association.
What Students Say
"Todd is the type of person who, when you rush into his office panicking about a phone interview that you have to do in German for study abroad, will sit and practice with you for an hour. He's the type of person who can be the interim chair for a department and still find time to come to 8 a.m. meetings and talk about getting into graduate school. He's the type of person who can convince you to major or minor in German with just one class. Todd is engaged, enthusiastic, and excited about German studies, and that excitement rubs off on the increasing number of students involved in the German program at Knox."
-Anna Meier, International Relations and Modern Languages Double Major