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Anna Parkinson is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of German, Interim Co-Director of the Critical Theory Cluster, and an affiliate of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northwestern University.
Her research has been supported by grants from institutions including the DAAD, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach), the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Association for
Her first book, titled An Emotional State: The Politics of Emotion in Postwar West German Culture, was published in 2015 by the University of Michigan Press in the "Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany" series. Her other publications include: “Under the Sign of Caricature: Figuring Exile in Adolf Hoffmeister’s The Unwilling Tourist (1941-42)” in Exilforschung (2017), “A Sentimental Re-education: Postwar West Germany’s Intimate Geographies” in Emotion, Space and Society (2017), ““In der Fremde zuhause”: Contingent Cosmopolitanism and Elective Exile in the Writing of Hans Keilson” (forthcoming), “Zwischen Nirgendwo und Immer Wieder: Das Unzeitgemäße in Hans Keilsons Romanen und die nicht ganz verpasste Begegnung mit dem Tod des Widersachers,” (forthcoming) and “Adorno on the Airwaves: Feeling Reason, Educating Emotions,” in German Politics and Society (2014).
Teaching and research interests