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Nicholas Baer

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Nicholas Baer is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities. He completed his PhD in Film & Media and Critical Theory in 2015 with a dissertation on the relationship between cinema and the crisis of historicism in the early twentieth century. Together with Anton Kaes and Michael Cowan, he edited The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933 (University of California Press, 2016), which won the Limina Award for the Best International Film Studies Book and the Award of Distinction for Best Edited Collection from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Baer’s research has been supported through yearlong fellowships from the Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Leo Baeck Institute / Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He is also the recipient of the Karsten-Witte-Preis for best film essay of the year from the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft. For a list of his publications, please click here.