Ian DeMedeiros (2017), Dr. Jeep, and Travis Collins (2016) Ian DeMedeiros (2017), Dr. John Jeep, and Travis Collins (2016) grab a coffee before a  German meeting in King Café.

Dr. Mariana Ivanova

Dr. Mariana Ivanova

Dr. Mariana Ivanova
Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. University of Texas, Germanic Studies, 2011. 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.
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, German Languages and Literatures, 2003.
  • B.A., University of Shumen, Bulgaria, German Studies, 2001.


  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


Dr. Ivanova's book, DEFA in Divided Europe: Film Co-Productions and Exchange in East German Cinema (1946-1992) will be published in the fall of 2019 by Berghahn Books. DEFA in divided Europe focuses on the exchange of the East German film studio DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, 1949-1989) with West and East European partners. It revisits patterns of institutional and transnational collaboration during the Cold War in order to challenge the predominant cliché of the isolation of East European film industries. 

Dr. Ivanova is currently working on two more projects. The first one revisits the importance of a network of film producers and financiers in postwar West-Germany. This network includes famous producers like Artur Brauner, Walter Koppel, and Manfred Durniok, as well as less-known Erich Mehl. The project investigates business strategies for overcoming political bans, as well as for distribution of East and West German films worldwide. 

The second project focuses on contemporary filmmakers in Central and South East Europe who cross geopolitical and social boundaries in order to assert themselves into European cinema. Transcultural aesthetics and various economic strategies for the production and marketing of films are of particular interest to this project. 

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