All current members of the German Studies Association are strongly encouraged to vote in each year’s election. Information and ballots are send out annually to GSA members via email and posted to the GSA website. 

The results of this 2020 elections are as follows: 

Vice President:

Sara F. Hall (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2000) is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she chairs the minor in Moving Image Arts. From 2017-2019 she served as Interim Director of UIC’s School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, having previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UIC Honors College and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. She co-authored a Mellon-funded Engaged Humanities Initiative grant for undergraduates and has received support for her own research from the DAAD and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. Her two dozen articles and essays on silent film, New German Cinema, contemporary television, gender and economics, and intermediality have appeared in academic anthologies and journals including German Studies Review, German Quarterly, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and Modernism/Modernity. Her recent article in the journal Communication: The European Journal of Communication Research won the 2019 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Central/South/East European Essay Prize. She serves on the editorial board of Screen Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display and as a peer reviewer for journals in film studies and German Studies as well as for major funding agencies. Since 2003, she has organized and/or participated in a dozen panels at the GSA annual conference on topics such as German film theory, early women filmmakers, and German film and the law. She co-chaired the 20th and 21st Century Germanistik and Cultural Studies section of the Program Committee from 2013-2015 and served a term on the GSA Executive Board from 2016-2019. Moreover, she served on the GSA Treasurer search committee in 2018 and chaired the Graduate Student Essay Prize selection committee in 2019.


David Imhoof (Ph.D., University of Texas, 2000) is Professor of History at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. An active GSA member since 1994, he helped found and has co-directed the Music and Sound Studies Network since 2013. He served in 2014-2015 on the Program Committee and, since 2017, on the Arts Night Committee. Imhoof was also one of the Editors of H-German from 2002 to 2007. His textbook So, About Modern Europe: A Conversational History from the Enlightenment to the Present is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in 2021. His monograph Becoming a Nazi Town: Culture and Politics in Göttingen between the World Wars appeared with University of Michigan Press in 2013. In 2016 he co-edited the collection The Total Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Explorations (Berghahn Books) and included an essay on musical film in Germany. Also in 2016 he co-edited a special issue of Colloquia Germanica on Sound Studies in modern Germany. More generally he has published on sports, film, and sharpshooting in interwar Germany and is currently working on a history of the recording industry in twentieth-century Germany. At Susquehanna University Imhoof teaches European, German, Holocaust, and cultural history.  He helps direct Susquehanna’s study away program, which is a requirement for all students, and teaches courses preparing students for these cross-cultural experiences and allowing them to reflect on what they learned. For ten years, as well, he has directed a three-week program for students to Austria each summer. He was Chair of History for nine years and currently serves as Faculty Athletic Director.



Board Positions: 

Cultural Studies/Germanistik:

Ela Gezen (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012) is Associate Professor of German at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century German and Turkish literature and culture, with emphases on literatures of migration, theater, minority discourses, historical and theoretical accounts of transnationalism, and literary and cultural theory. She is the author of Brecht, Turkish Theater, and Turkish-German Literature: Reception, Adaptation, and Innovation after 1960 (Camden House, 2018) and co-editor of two special issues, Colloquia Germanica (“Transnational Hi/Stories: Turkish-German Texts and Contexts,” 2014) and the Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien (“Turkish-German Studies: Past, Present, and Future,” 2015). In addition, she has published articles on music, theater and literature, focusing on the intersection between aesthetics and politics in both Turkish and German contexts. These have appeared in Gegenwartsliteratur: Ein germanistisches Jahrbuch, the German Studies ReviewComparative DramaLiterature Compass, and undercurrentsForum für linke Literaturwissenschaft, among other venues. Currently, she is working on her second book, Cultures in Migration: Turkish Artistic Practices and Cultural-Political Interventions in West Berlin, 1970–1980, is editing a special issue on Aras Ören (forthcoming with Monatshefte), and she is co-editor of Minorities and Minority Discourses (under review for Berghahn Books’ Spektrum series), an edited volume based on the 2017 conference she co-organized with Jonathan Skolnik and Priscilla Layne. She has attended every GSA conference since her very first in 2008, and in addition to presenting papers, has collaborated with colleagues on organizing seminars (Turkish German Studies, (Post)Migrant Theater, Non-Citizenship and Artistic Practice), panel series (Literature and Refuge, Turkish-German Texts and Contexts, Minorities and Minority Discourse) and roundtables (Theorizing Refugees). Besides serving on the GSA’s Program and Arts Night committees, she is on the editorial board of the Brecht Yearbook, and chapter vice president of the AATG MA chapter.



Joanne Miyang Cho (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1993) is Professor of History at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She also taught at Hope College and Ewha Womans University in South Korea (Visiting Lecturer). Her experiences include departmental chair, graduate director, series co-editor for “Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies,” a Columbia University Seminar chair/co-chair, and overseas representative of Korean Historians of Germany. She has been involved in the GSA in the following capacities: the conference Program Director (2019, 2020), a member of the conference Program Committee (2016, 2017), and a co-coordinator for the Asian German Studies Network (2017-present). Since 2012, she has organized/co-organized nearly sixty panels and roundtables on Asian German topics. She has edited/co-edited Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India (2014), Germany and China since 1800 (2014), Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan (2016), Gendered Encounters between Germany and Asia, 1800-2000 (2016), Transnational Encounters between Germany and Korea (2018), and Germany and East Asia since 1900 (2018). She has published two dozen book chapters and articles on Asian German relations and the politics of civilization and on a number of twentieth-century German intellectuals. She is currently working on two book projects: Karl Jaspers’ global history of humankind and German-speaking Jewish refugees in Shanghai. Fellowships include the Fulbright Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for History, the Leibniz Institute for European History, and the DAAD. 


Politics, Economics, Society:

Jonathan R. Zatlin (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2000) is Associate Professor of History at Boston University, where he also served as Associate Director of Kilachand Honors College (2012-2016). His initial work explored the history of German communism, focusing on the social construction of value in East Germany to understand German unification. Out of that research emerged The Currency of Socialism. Money and Political Culture in East Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth-Century Germany (Duke University Press, 2007), co-edited with Jonathan Wiesen and Pamela Swett, and over two dozen book chapters and articles in journals such as Central European HistoryGerman History, German Politics and SocietyAmerican Historical ReviewContemporary European HistoryLeo Baeck Institute Yearbook, and Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft. More recently, he has turned from the category of class to the problem of race in German history. He co-edited Dispossession: Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1953 (University of Michigan Press, 2020) with Christoph Kreutzmüller and is currently completing his second monograph, German Fantasies of Jewish Wealth, 1790-1990 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). He was awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize in 2001, the Hans Rosenberg Article Prize in 2011, and the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in 2011. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the DAAD, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. He has also been active in professional organizations related to German history, serving on the executive board of the Central European History Society (2013-2016), the editorial board of Central European History (2014-2017), and the academic advisory board of the Leo Baeck Institute-New York (2016-present). He has been a regular attendee at GSA meetings since grad school, and in 2019 served on the GSA Program Committee.



Graduate Student Position:

Kevina King is a PhD student in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned her Master’s with a focus on Black German history, Black German music, and the Black Diaspora. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Black German Resistance in the Twenty-First Century,” which examines Black German radical thought and artistic expression via digital media, including music and podcasts. Her chapter "Black, PoC, and Migrant Lives Should Matter: Racial Profiling, Police Brutality and Whiteness in Germany," in the 2018 edited volume Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories, edited by Tiffany Florvil and Vanessa Plumly, focuses on racial profiling in Berlin since 2001 and local organizations fighting to mitigate the systemic consequences. She is the project and research assistant at the DEFA Film Library where she coordinates the upcoming DEFA Film Library Summer Film Institute Authority and Alterity in East German Movies: Political Experiments, Rebel Youth and Civil Unrest. At the 2019 GSA, she organized the film screening and the Q&A with DEFA film director and media artist Lutz Dammbeck during the Arts Night. This year will be her fourth year attending the GSA having taken part in GSA panels, seminars, and round tables hosted by the Black Diaspora Studies Network. Besides her engagement at the GSA, she also regularly takes part in panels at the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA) Conference, the Afroeuropean Network Conference, and at this year’s Women in German Conference. Kevina is co-organizer of the guest-related panel featuring Black German filmmaker, Sheri Hagen. Kevina has been an invited guest speaker at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Elms College, and recently presented “W. E. B. DuBois and His Time in Germany” at The W. E. B. DuBois Center at UMass Amherst.