New Editor Announced for German Studies Review

The German Studies Association is pleased to announce that Professor Sabine Hake has agreed to serve as editor of the German Studies Review beginning with the February 2012 issue. Professor Hake (pictured at right with GSA Executive Director Prof. David E. Barclay) is a truly distinguished scholar of German Studies with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests and a deservedly international reputation. She will bring exceptional credentials to her new task.

She is Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of five monographs, including German National Cinema (2008, second revised edition) and Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin (2008). She has also published numerous articles and edited volumes on German film and Weimar culture. Her current book project is titled Political Affects and deals with the fascist imaginary in postfascist cinema.

GSR also has new book review editors: Professor Carl Niekerk, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor Andrew I. Port, Department of History, Wayne State University. Special thanks goes to outgoing Book Review Editor Liz Ametsbichler, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Montana.

Professor Hake’s selection as editor was the result of a long and careful process. We were gratified that the number of candidates for this position was so large, and their qualifications so extraordinary. It is a testimony to the professional commitment of our members and to the quality of their scholarship that we had so many excellent candidates.

The GSA is grateful to the search committee for its many months of hard and focused work. Chaired by Professor Sara Lennox (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), it included Professors Celia Applegate (University of Rochester), David E. Barclay (Kalamazoo College), Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan), Kenneth Ledford (Case Western Reserve University), Frank Trommler (University of Pennsylvania), and Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University).

Finally, we wish to thank the retiring editor of the German Studies Review, Professor Diethelm Prowe of Carleton College, for his years of outstanding service to the journal, the German Studies Association, and the German Studies profession in general. His work has been exemplary, and his devotion to scholarship and to the profession has been outstanding. He has set very high standards of stewardship and dedication, and we are all in his debt.