Teaching & Service


Awards & Recognitions

At University of Nebraska
  • Willa Cather Professor (fall 2020 – )
  • Recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008.
  • Recipient of a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, awarded by the UNL Parents Association, 2007.
At The Pennsylvania State University
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts, 2001. One of two recipients of annual college-wide award.

Graduate Courses Taught

  • ENG 990: Introduction to Graduate Research and Scholarship
  • ENG 971: Seminar in Theory—Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (co-taught with Roland Végső)
  • ENG 971: Seminar in Theory—Biopolitics, Control Societies, and Contemporary Social Movements: Political Theory in the Age of Neoliberalism
  • ENG 971: Seminar in Theory—Marx/ism
  • ENG 971: Seminar in Theory—Biopower/Biopolitics
  • ENG 971: Seminar in Theory—Theories of Affect
  • ENG 913: Studies in Film—The Force of Representation: Adorno and Deleuze
  • ENG 913: Studies in Film—Theories of Visual Culture
  • ENGL 871: Literary Criticism and Theory: Theory as Critique of Our Time
  • ENG 871: Literary Criticism and Theory: Post-Revolutionary Futures? (co-taught with Roland Végső)
  • ENG 871: Literary Criticism and Theory: Aesthetics/Performance/Politics
  • ENG 871: Literary Criticism and Theory: The Political Turn
  • ENG 871: Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENG 813/413: Film—Globalization & Its Discontents in International Cinema
  • Independent studies on“Contemporary Film Theory and the Films of the Coen Brothers,” “Antonio Negri,” “New Media Theories,” and “Marx Brothers and Nabokov”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • ENG 413/813: Film
  • ENG 373: Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism
  • ENG 349: National Cinemas
  • ENG 269: Film Periods
  • ENG 239: Film Directors
  • ENG 219: Film Genre
  • ENG 213 E: Introduction to Film History
  • Internship course on “Nebraska 1862: Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Nebraska Film and Television History”
    • 4 undergraduate students presented their work at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, 2/2022
  • Independent studies on “Contemporary Romanian cinema,” “Jürgen Habermas,”  “Latin and South American Cinema,” “Adorno and Deleuze,” “Theories of Memory and History,” and “Independent Cinema”



  • Recipient of the University of Nebraska Faculty Senate James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award (2018)
    • “The Award recognizes an individual whose efforts have helped to preserve the most basic freedom of all, the freedom to seek and communicate the truth.”

Service to the Profession (Selected)

  • Invited participant at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 12th Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities, which focused on “Academic Freedom and Responsibility Toward Society: Who Decides What Science We Do?,” Berlin, Germany, November 11-12, 2018.
  • Co-initiator and co-organizer of inaugural annual meeting of Big Ten Department of English Chairs, Michigan State University, April 12-13, 2018
  • Member of the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize committee, 2018.
  • 2017-18 Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers (DEO) Fellow. Participated in the DEO seminar in Chicago, November 9-11, 2017.
  • Participant in CIC “Graduate Study in the Humanities: A Bit Ten Conversation,” Penn State University, November 5-7, 2015.
  • Book-blurb-writer for
    • Post-Reunification German Turkish Cinema: Work, Globalisation, and Politics Beyond Representation (2017)
    • The Drift: Affect, Adaptation, and New Perspectives on Fidelity by John Hodgkins (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
    • Life Drawing: A Deleuzian Aesthetics of Existence by Gordon C. F. Bearn (New York: Fordham UP, 2013)
    • Bret Easton Ellis, ed. Naomi Mandel (New York: Continuum 2011)
  • External reviewer for grants and fellowships for the American Academy in Berlin, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), NEH
  • External personnel reviewer for U Tennessee (P&T), Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, University of Leeds, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Iowa State University, University of Pennsylvania, & international film school köln, hochschule macromedia (University of Applied Sciences) Cologne
  • Reviewed book manuscripts and book proposals for Berghahn Books, Bloomsbury, Continuum, Fordham UP, Museum of Modern Art New York, Ohio Stat eUP, Palgrave-Macmillan, Rowman & Littlefield, Rutledge
  • Reviewed manuscripts as special consulting editor for:
    • Telos
    • The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture
      • Reviewed special issue
    • Screen
    • Studies in European Cinema
    • German Studies Review
    • Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory
    • Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
    • PMLA
    • Twentieth Century Literature
    • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
      • Member of the editorial board, 2007-2010
    • Critical Studies in Media Communication
    • Blackwell Press’s Literature Compass.

Service at UNL (Selected)


  • Co-founder, with Roland Végső, of “Humanities on the Edge”—a cross-disciplinary speaker series that seeks to foster theoretical research in the Humanities at UNL by bringing in a range of distinguished speakers.
    • $66,000 in grant support for series since 2010
    • 2021/2022: Topic: “A World of Migrants: Displacements, Decoloniality, Necorcapitalism” with Sergio Delgado Moya, Ramón Grosfoguel, Thomas Nail, and Anna Arabindan-Kesson
    • 2020/2021: Topic: “A World of Migrants: Displacements, Decoloniality, Necorcapitalism” with Cristina Rivera Garcia, Ramón Grosfoguel (postponed due to COVID-19), andThomas Nail (postponed due to COVID-19)
    • 2019/2020: Topic: “10th Anniversary of HotE” with Annie McClanahan, Claire Colebrook, Ariella Azoulay, Sayak Valencia, and Lauren Berlant (canceled due to COVID-19)
    • 2018/19 Topic: “Post-Truth Futures?” with Kent Ono, Lee McIntryre, Wendy Chun, and Charlotte Biltekoff
    • 2017/18 Topic: “Post-Revolutionary Futures?” with Timothy Scott Brown, Ronald Judy, Tim Dean, and Bridget Cooks
    • 2016/17 Topic: “Post-Racial Futures?” with Miton Curry, Sue J. Kim, Alexandre DaCosta, and Kirsten Buick
    • 2015/16 Topic: “Posthuman Futures” with Debra Hawhee, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, John Durham Peters, and Saya Woolfalk
    • 2014/15 Topic: “States of Exception” with Ursula Heise, Gregg Lambert, Adam Kostko, and Siva Vaidhyanathan
    • 2013/14 Topic: “Economies of Crisis/Crises of Economies” with Carsten Strathausen, Joshua Clover, Deirdre McCloskey, Cristina Rodríguez, and Imre Szeman
    • 2012/13 Topic: “Aesthetics/Performance/Politics” with Mark Greif, Lutz Koepnick, E. Patrick Johnson, and Kristin Ross
    • 2011/12 Topic: “Biopower/Biopolitics” with Sara Guyer, Jodi Dean, Michael Hardt, and Cesare Casarino
    • 2010/11 Topic: “The Political Turn” with Steven Shaviro, Jeffrey Nealon, Ernesto Laclau, and Sande Cohen
  • Served as appointed member of the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Compensation Advisory Committee (2020-2021)
  • Served as elected member of Faculty Senate (fall 2011 – spring 2014)

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Serve as Courtesy Faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at UNL (spring 2018 – present)
  • Served on College of Arts & Science search committee for a new Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs (spring 2018; spring 2015) and new Associate Dean for Academic Programs (spring 2018)
  • Chaired College of Arts & Sciences Executive “Freedom of Speech” ad hoc committee (October 2017 – May 2020)
  • Served on College of Arts & Sciences Executive Committee (August 2017-July 2018)
  • Served on College of Arts & Sciences Humanities Symposium planning committee (spring 2016)
  • Served on Promotion and Tenure Committee of College of Arts & Sciences (fall 2012 – spring 2014)

English Department

Chair positions
  • Department (July 2014 – present)
  • Graduate Studies (August 2012 – June 2014)
  • Recruitment (July 2008 – August 2012)
  • Placement Group (Spring 2007 – July 2008)
  • Teaching & Research committee (spring 2007)
Committee Member
  • Teaching & Research committee (fall 2004 – spring 2008)
  • Chair’s Advisory committee (fall 2005 – spring 2006; fall 2009 – spring 2010)
  • Placement Group (2004 – fall 2006)


  • Serve as Advisory Board Member, Mary Riepma Ross Media Center (fall 2004 – present)
  • Serve on E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues Program Committee (June 2016-present)