Dr. Mila Ganeva

Dr. Mila Ganeva

Department Chair and Professor of German

Irvin Hall 170
(513) 529-1821


Fall '21 (202210)

Thursdays | 1:30pm-2:20pm
Fridays | 1:00pm-3:00pm
And by appointment.
Email for appointment if virtual meeting needed.



2000 - Ph.D. - University of Chicago, Germanic Studies.


  • German language and the literatures and cultures of German speaking countries
  • Berlin in film and literature
  • Film history and contemporary German film
  • Literature, film, and fashion of the Weimar Republic
  • Visual culture of the Cold War
  • Berlin in film and literature
  • Aesthetics
  • Consumerism
  • Mass Culture


  • GER 201 - Second Year German I
  • GER 202 - Second Year German II
  • GER 252 - The German-Jewish Experience (MPF)
  • GER/FST 261 - German Film in Global Context (MPF –Global)
  • GER 311 - Passionate Friendships (course in German literature and culture)
  • GER 312 - Coming of Age in German Culture (course in German literature and culture)
  • GER 410E - Berlin in Film and Literature (advanced seminar for students in German)
  • GER 410F - Culture in Weimar Germany (advanced seminar for students in German)


  • Best Article Prize of the German Studies Association and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for “Weimar Film as Fashion Show: Konfektionskomödien or Fashion Farces from Lubitsch to the End of the Silent Era,” German Studies Review, 30.2. (May 2007) 288-310


  • Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK), Vienna, Austria, Residential Research Grant, Spring 2014
  • Research Travel Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) February 2012.
  • Research Grant, Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wisschenschaften vom Menschen), Vienna, Austria, September 2011
  • Research Grant, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin) for research in the archives of the Berlin State Museums, Germany (2010)



  • Film and Fashion Amidst the Ruins of Berlin: Between Nazism and Cold War, 1945-1953. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. Pp. 256
  • Helen Hessel, Ich schreibe aus Paris. Über die Mode, das Leben und die Liebe, edited by Mila Ganeva (Zürich: NIMBUS, 2014)
  • Women in Weimar Fashion: Discourses and Displays in German Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008). Reviewed in German Studies Review, Germanic Review, H-German, Monatshefte, Filmblatt, Women in German Newsletter, and querelles-net.


  • “Kleider machen Filme. Die Kostümabteilung der Ufa 1938–1945,“ Ufa International: Ein deutscher Konzern mit globalen Ambitionen, ed. Philipp Stiasny, Jürgen Kasten, and Frederik Lang (Munich: edition text + kritik, 2021) 353-366.
  • “Making the New Woman: Female Fashion Photographers in Berlin between the Wars,” Women Behind the Camera, ed. Andrea Nelson (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 2020), 181-212.
  • “Berlin Babylon: Costumes and Set Designs,” Forum on Babylon Berlin: Media, Spectacle, and History, edited by Veronika Fuechtner and Paul Lerner. Central European History, 53 (2020) 834-854.
  • “Fashion für Fräuleins: Mode im Nachkriegsberlin,“ Berliner Geschichte. Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur, Nr. 23 (September 2020), 40-49.
  • “Jewish Comedians Beyond Lubitsch. Siegfried Arno in Film and Cabaret.” Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema, ed. Valerie Weinstein and Barbara Hales (New York: Berghahn, 2020) 88-110.
  • “‘Stoffe über die Luftbrücke’: Film und Mode trotz der Blockade.” In Die Berliner Luftbrücke: Erinnerungsort des Kalten Krieges, edited by Corinne Defrance, Bettina Greiner, and Ulrich Pfeil, 253–70. Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag, 2018.
  • Mode und Film in Ost- und Westdeutschland: Modell Bianka (1951) und Ingrid. Geschichte eines Fotomodells (1954).” Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History 14 (2017) 384-394.
  • “Vicarious Consumption: Fashion and Fashion Media in Germany during the War Years 1939-1943,” The Consumer on the Home Front: Second World War Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective, ed. Felix Römer, Jan Logermann, and Hartmut Berghoff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) 199-221.
  • “Fashion Amidst the Ruins: Revisiting the Early Rubble Films And the Heavens Above (1947) and The Murderers are Among Us (1946),” German Studies Review, 37:1 (March 2014) 61-85.
  • “Miss Germany, Miss Europe, Miss Universe: Beauty Pageants in the Popular Media of the Weimar Republic,” Globalizing Beauty, ed. Thomas Kühne and Hartmut Berghoff (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) 111-130.
  • "Ruth Goetz." Women Film Pioneers Project, ed. Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.  September 27, 2013.   https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-ruth-goetz/
  • “21 January 1914: Premiere of Die Firma heiratet Inaugurates Fashion Farce,” New History of German Cinema, ed. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson (Rochester, NY: Camden House 2012) 64-69.
  • “Berlin Remembers 13 August 1961,” Germanic Review, vol. 87:1, 2012, 91-102.
  • “Trümmer, Kitsch und Wirklichkeit: Martina und das Ende der langen ’Stunde Null,’” Filmblatt, 16, Nr. 46/47, Winter 2011/2012, 94-105.
  • “Romantic Encounters on a Street Corner: Sommer vorm Balkon and the Return of the Berlin Film,” in TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration and Multiculturalism (http://german.berkeley.edu/transit/). Spring 2010.


  • German Studies Association
  • Women in German
  • American Association of Teachers of German


  • German (near native)
  • English (near native)
  • Russian (reading)
  • Bulgarian (native)