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Christof Decker

Prof. Dr. Christof Decker

American Studies


Fulbright Liaison Professor
Representative for International Relations (Graduate School of Language and Literature)
Member of the Council for International Affairs (LMU)
Coordinator of Study Programs

Research fields:
Film, Media and Visual Culture Studies, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture, Cultural Studies

Christof Decker studied American Studies, Political Science, Psychoanalysis and Communication Studies at Frankfurt University and Goldsmiths’ College (London). He received his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin where he also completed his second book (Habilitation) with a study on the aesthetics and cultural functions of the social melodrama in American literature and film. He is a recipient of fellowships and awards from the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Research Foundation, the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft, the Bavarian American Academy, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. In his teaching he regularly offers courses on core topics of literary history and theory from the 19th to the 21st century, cultural and critical theory, media aesthetics, visual culture, and film studies. Christof Decker has published widely on documentary and Hollywood cinema, avant-garde film, literary and cultural history, melodrama, television, visual culture, and the history of mass media. Most recently he edited Visuelle Kulturen der USA. Zur Geschichte von Malerei, Fotografie, Film, Fernsehen und Neuen Medien in Amerika (2010) and Transnational Mediations: Negotiating Popular Culture between Europe and the United States (2015, with Astrid Böger).

Current research project:
Hybrid Reflexivity: Visual Culture and the Representability of Violence in the Art of Ben Shahn
see the recent publication at


Schellingstr. 3 VG
D-80799 Munich
Room 211

Room: 211
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 3565
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5423

Office hours:
Wednesday 2-3 p.m.

during the term break:

31 July, 2-3 p.m.
7 August, 2-3 p.m.
4 September, 2-3 p.m.

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