Dr. Mariana Ivanova

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 Mila Ganeva and Graham von Carlowitz  Mila Ganeva and Graham von Carlowitz
 German Faculty  German Faculty
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 German Faculty in Heidelberg  German Faculty in Heidelberg
 Dr. Jeeps's Linguistics Class  Dr. Jeeps's Linguistics Class
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 Liang Shi and Haosheng Yang Give Out Awards  Liang Shi and Haosheng Yang Give Out Awards
 Saleh Yousef's Arabic Class  Saleh Yousef's Arabic Class

Dr. Mariana IvanovaAssistant Professor of German

Irvin Hall 144
(513) 529-2295


Tuesday: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


2011 - Ph.D. - University of Texas, Germanic Studies
                      Dissertation: “DEFA and Eastern European Cinemas: Co-Productions, Transnational Exchange, and Artistic Collaborations.”
                      Dissertation Committee: Sabine Hake (Chair), Kirsten Belgum, David Crew, Bernhard Moeller, Joan Neuberger.

2003 - M.A. - University of Pittsburgh, German Languages and Literatures

2001 - B.A. - University of Shumen, Bulgaria, German Studies


  • 20th and 21st Centuries German Culture and Literature
  • East German and Eastern European Cinema
  • Post-unification Film
  • German Women Writers and Filmmakers in the 20th Century
  • Film Theory and Transnational cinema


  • 2010 - Van Dusen Graduate Fellowship, awarded for excellence in undergraduate teaching, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2010 - Helmut and June Rehder Graduate Fellowship
  • 2008-2009 - Hogg Continuing Research Fellowship
  • 2008 - The DEFA Film Library Award, awarded for the Production of three documentaries by the DEFA Film Library, Amherst, MA


  • 2016 - Humanities Center Research Apprenticeship Program Grant, Miami University
  • 2016 - NFTEP, Center for Teaching Excellence Grant, Miami University
  • 2015 - CFR Research and Travel Grant: Miami University Committee on Faculty Research
  • 2015 - Max Kade Grant for Writer in Residence Tanja Dückers, based in Berlin, Max Kade Foundation, New York
  • 2013 - Max Kade Research Grant for participation in the DLA Seminar in Marbach, Germany
  • 2011 - Travel and Research Grant of the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2007 - DEFA-Foundation Travel Grant, awarded for the interviews with filmmaker Angel Wagenstein and others by the DEFA Foundation, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 - Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute Research Grant, awarded by the Centre for Contemporary Historical Research, Potsdam, Germany





  • Ivanova, Mariana (2018). “Film Exchange Beyond the Ban: Erich Mehl’s Cooperation with the East German Film Studio DEFA (1954-1990)”- German Studies Review 41.1 (2018): 99-122
  • Ivanova, Mariana (2016). “DEFA and the Legacy of Film Europe: Prestige, Institutional Exchange, and Film Co-Productions.” Re-imagining DEFA. East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context. Eds. Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke. New York: Berghahn Books. 85-105.
  • Ivanova, Mariana (2015). “Co-Productions (Un)Wanted: 1950s East/West German Film Collaborations and the impact of Sovietization on DEFA’s Prestige Agenda.” Cinema in the Service of the State: Perspectives on the GDR and Czechoslovakia 1945-1960. Eds. Pavel Skopal and Lars Karl. New York, Oxford: Berghahn. 107-124.
  • Ivanova, Mariana (2013). “Die Prestige-Agenda der DEFA: Koproduktionen mit Erich Mehls Filmfirma Pandora (1954-1957).” Trans. Michael Wedel. DEFA International: Grenzüberschreitende Filmbeziehungen vor und nach dem Mauerbau. Eds. Michael Wedel, Barton Byg et al. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. 217-232.
  • Ivanova, Mariana (2011). “Die DDR aus der Perspektive einer jungen Generation: Erkundungsreisen und Grenzerfahrungen zwischen Träumen und Realität in deutschen Filmen seit 2005.” Kino in Bewegung: Analysen und Perspektiven zum aktuellen deutschen Film. Eds. Thomas Schick and Tobias Ebbrecht. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag. 259-284.
  • Ivanova, Mariana (2010). “’You Have to Draw a Line Somewhere’: Tropes of Division in DEFA Films from 1961 to 1964.” Berlin Divided City, 1945-1989. Eds. Phillip Broadbent and Sabine Hake. New York, Oxford: Berghahn. 126-140.


  • German Studies Association
  • Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Modern Language Association
  • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies


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