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Michael is a third-year graduate student in the Department of German with a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media Studies. He joined the department in 2017 after receiving his B.A. in Philosophy and German Studies from Vassar College in 2015. His work is centered around the question: how are modes of perception historically and materially grounded in economic processes and media landscapes? Focused on early 20th century German and Scandinavian theater, film, and literature, Michael is interested in the intersection between affect and media theories, where phenomenological processes of the subject are balanced with the historical media landscapes that allow for such encounters. Additional interests include the imagination and contemplative practices, the Frankfurt school, and contemporary German/Scandinavian literature.
Michael has also worked a freelance translator and is currently the managing editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World.