Department of Germanic
and Slavic Studies

Newcomb Hall 305
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-865-5276
Fax: 504-865-5277

Photos thanks to
Professor Brumfield
and A. Carr.

Laura Heins | e-mail
Newcomb 303 D | 504-862-3093

Visiting Assistant Professor of German


Laura Heins is Visiting Assistant Professor of German. She received her PhD in German Studies from Yale University in 2005, her MPhil from Yale University in 1999, and her BA in German Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. She is a specialist in German and international film history and media theory, and has taught a wide range of courses on world cinema, German literature and cultural history, and German language. Before coming to Tulane, she taught German and Media Studies at the University of Virginia and Trinity College in Hartford. In 2012, she was the recipient of the University of Virginia’s Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award, the highest level of teaching award for assistant professors. Prof. Heins is also fortunate to have received numerous grants for research and study abroad, including a stay of more than two years as a DAAD exchange scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Publications and Current Research: 


Nazi Film Melodrama (University of Illinois Press, 2013)



“The Intimacy of Stasi Surveillance, the NSA Scandal, and Contemporary German Cinema,” forthcoming in Russell Miller, ed. Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

“Two Kinds of Excess: Fassbinder and Veit Harlan,” in A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ed. Brigitte Peucker (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 461-484.

“28 March 1933: Goebbels’s Kaiserhof Speech Highlights Tension Between National and International Aims of Nazi Cinema,” in A New History of German Cinema, eds. M. Richardson and J. Kapczynski (Camden House, 2012), 300-308.

“Criss-Crossings of Robert Siodmak: The Time and Space of Cinematic Exile,” in Exiles Traveling: Exploring Displacement, Crossing Boundaries in German Exile Arts and Writings 1933-1945, ed. Johannes Evelein (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009), 201-222.



“The ‘Psyche of the White Man’ and the Mass Face on Film: Béla Balázs between Racialist and Marxist Physiognomics,”  New German Critique 127 (February 2016).

“The 'Experiential Community': Early German Television and Media Theory,” Screen 52:1 (Spring 2011): 46-62.



Review of Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder, eds. The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema, German Quarterly 84:3 (Summer 2011): 380-381.

Review of Hester Baer, Dismantling the Dream Factory, German Quarterly 84:2 (Spring 2011): 248-249.

Review of Chloe Paver, Refractions of the Third Reich in German and Austrian Fiction and Film, in The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms (Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas) 15:6 (October 2010): 806-807.

Review of Steven Ricci, Cinema and Fascism: Italian Film and Society, 1922-1943, in Film Criticism (Summer 2009): 77-80.



Contemporary German Cinema and Migration (book project in progress)

Early Television and Media Theory (book project in progress)

Tulane U., Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Studies, Newcomb Hall 305, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5276