Randall Halle


1409 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies, is Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to numerous articles, Professor Halle is the co-editor with Maggie McCarthy of Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (Wayne State UP, 2002) and with Sharon Willis the double special issue of Camera Obscura on Marginality and Alterity in Contemporary European Cinema (44 & 46). He also is the author of Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (U Illinois, 2004). He has finished a new manuscript, The Transnational Aesthetic: German Film after Germany (U Illinois, 2008) which discusses transnationalism, and particularly its effects on German national cinema. He is currently co-editing with Reinhild Steingröver After the Avant-Garde (Camden House, 2008), which surveys contemporary avant-garde film from German speaking Europe. 

His research interests include film theory, critical theory, queer theory, social philosophy, cultural studies, transnational studies, 19th and 20th century German literature and culture.  He has received an NEH fellowship for study at the University of Chicago, and a DAAD fellowship for study at Cornell University.  For the academic year 2004-5, he was a Senior Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1995