Hester Baer is an associate professor of German and film studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she chairs the Department of Germanic Studies. She has published widely on German film, digital media, contemporary literature, and feminism. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (2009), and the co-editor of German Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century (2015). She is currently working on a book about German cinema from 1980-2010. Baer is the recipient of Fulbright and DAAD grants, and she has served as the President of the South Central Modern Language Association and the Coalition of Women in German.