Associate Professor of German and English
Center Interim Director
Email: mennel [at] ufl [dot] edu
Office: 200B Walker Hall
Office Hours: Wednsdays 1:00-3:00pm
The Center’s Interim Director Barbara Mennel received her PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 1998 with an emphasis on postwar film and literature. She holds a joint appointment in English and in the German section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida.
She is author of The Representation of Masochism and Queer Desire in Film and Literature (Palgrave, 2007), Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008), and Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys (Wallflower Press, 2012). With Jaimey Fisher she has edited the volume Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literature and Visual Culture (Rodopi, 2010) and with Sabine Hake she edited the collection Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens (Berghahn, 2012). She has published in Camera Obscura, Germanic Review, Modern Austrian Literature, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, Women in German Yearbook, and TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration and Multiculturalism in the German-Speaking World. In 2016 she has collaborated on the grant “Global Cities and Cinema” with Dr. Vandana Baweja in Architecture for the Global Architecture History Teaching Collective. She has received the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UF for 2014–20, which she also held for 2013–14. Her research interests include feminist film theory, the intersection of urban studies and cinema studies, European cinema, and the filmic depiction of labor and economy.
Dr. Mennel’s manuscript “Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema” is currently under review at a university press. The project has been supported by the Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. during summer 2013. She completed the manuscript as a Marie Sklodowaska-Curie FCFP Senior Fellow at FRIAS, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Germany during the academic year 2016–17. For this project, she was also awarded the 2015 Women in German Faculty Research Award.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611