Assistant Professor

New Cabell Room 243

Office Hours: 

Wednesday 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Fridays, 11:000 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and by appointment

Ph.D. in German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
B.A. in German and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 2004
Research Interests/Description: 

Prof. Dobryden’s research concerns intersections of media technologies and environmental design, with a focus on German cinema of the silent period. His current book manuscript explores the role of architecture and environmental design in the production, exhibition, and aesthetics of cinema in Germany from 1900 to 1930. The book contributes to a larger research program that aims to bring together insights from recent work in media studies and the environmental humanities.


Spies: Post-War Paranoia Goes to the Movies,” in A Companion to Fritz Lang, edited by Joe McElhaney. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. 76-93.

“G at the Berlin Lunapark,” in Mies van der Rohe, Richter, Graeff & Co.: Alltag und Design in der Avantgardezeitschrift G, edited by Karin Fest, Sabrina Rahman, and Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014. 116-22.

“The Institution of Pleasure: From Display to Environment at the Berlin Lunapark.” Studies in European Cinema 10.2-3 (2013): 157-78.

“Einfühlung,” in Hans Richters ‘Rhythmus 21’: Schlüsselfilm der Moderne. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2012. 83-90.

 “23 May 1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Berlin’s Luna-Park Bring Aesthetic Modernism to the Fairground,” in The New History of German Cinema, edited by Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 80-85.

"Good Germans, Humane Automobiles: Redeeming Technological Modernity—In Those Days." Film and History 40.1 (Spring 2010): 7-24.


Hans Richters ‘Rhythmus 21’: Schlüsselfilm der Moderne (co-editor). Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2012. Reviewed in Medienwissenschaft 3 (2013): 321-2.