Mary Hennessy

Credentials: German

Position title: Assistant Professor

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Office Number: Van Hise Hall 804

Language: German

Research/Language Interests: 20th and 21st century film, literature, and culture; critical theory; media theory; gender and feminist theory; labor studies; German film history

About: Mary Hennessy joined the department of German, Nordic, and Slavic in the fall of 2023. Previously, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines women’s multiple, often hidden, roles in the production of media to retheorize relationships between gender, labor, and technology in modern Germany. Her current book project focuses on women typists, telephone operators, and film editors in the Weimar Republic.

Affiliated Departments: Center for Visual Cultures (CVC), Center for German and European Studies (CGES)


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. in German Studies with Graduate Certificate in Film, Television, and Media (2021)
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, MA in European Studies (2013)
  • St. Edward’s University, BA in Political Science (2010)