Sara Hall

Associate Professor, Director of the Moving Image Arts Program

PhD University of California Berkeley

Major Interests:
International silent film
Contemporary German cinema and transnational film markets
Women film pioneers

Selected Publications:


  • The Investigating Camera: Film and the Production of Law and Order in Germany 1919-1931, Contract pending.

Journal Articles

  • “Youth Protection and the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: Keeping Cinema on the Right Side of the Law” Journal of European Studies 39.3, September 2009, 353-370
  • “Moving Images and the Policing of Public Space in Berlin Around 1920” German Studies Review 21.2, May 2008, 285-302
  •  “Open Your Eyes! Public Ordering and the Policing Gaze” Modernism/Modernity 15.2, April 2008, 277-296
  • “Making the Case for German Police Films, 1912-1920” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television27.4, October 2007, 497-511
  • “Trading Places: Dr. Mabuse and the Pleasure of Role Play” The German Quarterly. 76.4, Fall 2003, 381-397
  • “Caught in the Act: Visualizing a Crime-Free Capital” Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft12.1, 2001, 30-45

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “Inflation and Devaluation: Gender, Space and Economics in G.W. Pabst’s Joyless Street (1925)” in Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era, ed. Noah Isenberg. Columbia University Press, 2008, 135-154
  • “Nurturing the New Republic: The Contested Feminization of Law Enforcement in Weimar Culture” in Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution, ed. Klaus Mladek. Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 2007, 94-118 Series: Studies in European Culture and History
  • “Drums Along the Amazon: The Rhythm of the System in Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo” co-authored with Lilian Friedberg, in The Cosmopolitan Screen: German Cinema and the Global Imaginary 1945 to the Present, ed. Stephan K. Schindler and Lutz Koepnick. University of Michigan Press, 2007, 117-139. Series: Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany
  • “Prussian Police Reform and The Modernization of the Academy Classroom: The Advent of the German Police Training Film 1919-1920” in Policing Interwar Europe, ed. Gerald Blaney. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 69-89
  • “Pursuits Across the Threshold of Modernity: Projecting the Primitive Against the Backdrop of Emergent Urban Culture in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in Die Grossstadt und das Primitive. Text Politik Repraesentation, ed. Kristin Kopp and Klaus Müller Richter. Metzler Verlag, 2004, 177-200

Fellowships / Awards:

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Teaching Recognition Program Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • UIC Institute for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowship
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
  • German Academic Exchange Service Annual Grant
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Contact Information

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Phone: (312) 413-2372