Hester Baer’s research focuses on how film and popular culture respond to social and political change in Germany in the 20th and 21st Centuries, with a particular emphasis on gender and sexuality. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (Berghahn Books, 2009). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on aspects of German film history including women’s cinema, genre, the role of producers, sound, spectatorship and reception, and the relationship between avant-garde and popular cinema. Her current interests include feminist media studies, transnational cinema, and production culture. Her new book project focuses on German cinema from 1980-2010. An article related to this project, "Das Boot and the German Cinema of Neoliberalism," appeared in German Quarterly (2012); another, "Affectless Economies: The Berlin School and Neoliberalism" is forthcoming in Discourse. Baer received her Ph.D. in German from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland in Fall 2013, she taught at the University of Oklahoma for eleven years.