Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history, narrative theory, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and humanities as well as language study advocacy.

Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a book examining the influence of fluctuating literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. Part and parcel of this research is his work on a volume titled Writing for the Literary Market in the Long Nineteenth Century (co-edited with Vance Byrd).

Scholarship in film studies includes a second book project, which will examine the primacy of melodramatic form in the articulation of queer experiences in popular culture and the intellectual sphere of Weimar Germany. In addition, Dr. Malakaj is editing a volume provisionally titled Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion (co-edited with Alena Lyons and under advanced contract with de Gruyter).

In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC). Together with Regine Criser he is editing Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies, a volume that grew out of the work of DDGC (under advanced contract with Palgrave). Dr. Malakaj also serves as the co-editor of DDGC’s official blog.

T1 Winter 2019/20 he will teach an undergraduate course titled “Bad Feelings: The Literary Lives of Anger, Boredom, and Envy.” T2 Winter 2019/20 he will teach an undergraduate course titled “The Sexual Politics of Weimar Cinema” and a graduate seminar titled “Sex Politics and German Film History.”

For 2018-2020, Dr. Malakaj serves as a Leading Scholar in UBC’s Green College. He is also the recipient of the UBC Hampton Research Award for New Faculty for his work on queer melodrama.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Senescence and Der Stechlin,” Fontane in the Twenty-First Century, ed. John Lyon and Brian Tucker (Rochester: Camden House, 2019): 232-47.

“Cruel Optimism and Post-68 Nolstalgia in Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand,” Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures in the long Sixties, ed. Marco Abel and Christina Gerhardt (Rochester: Camden House, 2019): 237-53

“The Emotive Textualities of Wilhelm Jensen’s Karin von Schweden,” Neophilologus 102.1 (2018): 59-74.

“Richard Oswald, Magnust Hirschfeld, and the Possible Impossibility of Hygienic Melodrama” Studies in European Cinema 14.3 (2017): 216-230.

“Teaching an Honors Seminar on #BlackLivesMatter in East Texas” with Jeffery L. Littlejohn, Kimberly Bell, Patrick Lewis, and Julia May, Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 18.2 (2017): 3-15.


“Germany: A Historical Overview,” “Doris Dörrie,” and Jutta Brückner,” Women Screenwriters: An International Guide, ed. Jill Nelmes and Jule Selbo (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015): 363-74; 390-91; 394-96.

“Wilhelm Raabe: Der Hungerpastor,” The Literary Encyclopedia. September 2014.

“Wilhelm Raabe,” The Literary Encyclopedia. May 2014. 

Hotel,” “Das Mädchen Rosemarie,” “Subjektitüde,” and “Die Trapp Familie.” Directory of World Cinema: Germany Volume II (Bristol: Intellect, 2014):295-96, 224-26, 291-92, 222-24.

Hungerjahre – in einem reichen Land,” and “Shirins Hochzeit.” Directory of World Cinema: Germany Volume I (Bristol: Intellect, 2011): 248-50, 153-55.

Selected Reviews

The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907-1933, Anton Kaes, Nicholas Bear, and Michael Cowan, eds.” Seminar 55.2 (2019): 193-94.

Anti*Colonial Fantasies: Decolonial Strategies, Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal, eds.” H-Black-Europe, H-Net Reviews. April, 2019.

Approaches to Kurban Said’s Ali und Nino: Love, Identity, and Intercultural Conflict, Carl Niekerk and Cori Crane, eds.” Studies in the 20th and 21st Century Literature 43.1 (2018): Article 9

Archiv/Fiktionen: Verfahren des Archivierens in Literatur und Kultur des langen 19. Jahrhunderts. Daniela Gretz & Nicolas Pethes.” Goethe Yearbook 23 (2018): 322-23.

Afterlives: Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany. Steve Choe.” (published online 2017; forthcoming in Studies in European Cinema)

“Realism and Romanticism in German Literature. Ed. Dirk Göttsche and Nicholas Saul.” Monatshefte. 107.3 (Fall 2015): 504-06.

Currently Teaching

Winter 2019

CENS202 Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English). Sections

Major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the eighteenth century to the present in their European context.

Winter 2019

GERM304 German Cinema (in English) Sections

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

Winter 2019

GERM531A Special Topics - SPECIAL TOPICS Sections

This course is taught in English.