University of Houston - Clear Lake
School of Human Sciences and Humanities

— Faculty Profile

Barbara Hales
Program Chair, Associate Professor of History
Barbara Hales

Office: Bayou Suite 1508
Phone: 281-283-3411


Mailing Address:
Campus Box 181
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058

Dr. Barbara Hales is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  She holds a M.A. in History from Cambridge University, England, as well as a M.A. in German Studies from the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, with a dissertation entitled Dark Mirror: Constructions of the Criminal Femme Fatale in Weimar Film and Hollywood Film Noir.

She has received research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Her publications focus on film history, cultural studies, and intellectual history of the Weimar Republic. Her current research interests include Women and the Occult in Weimar Germany, Early Weimar Film, and Representations of the Holocaust in Cinema.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, The University of Arizona
  • M.A., German Studies, The University of Arizona
  • M.A., History, Cambridge University, England
  • B.A., Political Science and German, Vanderbilt University
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Research Interests
  • German and American Film History
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • Film Studies
  • European History

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Selected Publications
  • Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema 1928-1936. Eds. Barbara Hales, Mihaela Petrescu, and Valerie Weinstein. Rochester, NY: Camden House, in process.
  • "Degenerate Disease and the Doctors of Death: Racial Hygienic Film as Medium of Propaganda in Weimar and Early Nazi Germany. Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema" 1928-1936. Eds. Barbara Hales, Mihaela Petrescu, and Valerie Weinstein. Rochester, NY: Camden House, in process.
  • "Waking the Dead: Medium as Therapist in Albert Talhoff and Mary Wigman's Totenmal." Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 40/1 (2013): 58-73.
  • "Incurable Madness: War Trauma, Hypnosis, and Robert Wiene's Orlacs Hände (1924)." Seminar 47.5 (November 2011):578-90.
  • "Dancer in the Dark: Hypnosis, Trance-Dancing, and Weimar's Fear of the New Woman." Monatshefte 102.4 (Winter 2010):534-49.
  • "Mediating Worlds: the Occult as Projection of the New Woman in Weimar Culture." German Quarterly 83.3 (2010): 317-32.
  • "Dance and Early German Cinema." Eds. Barbara Hales and Michael Cowan. Seminar 46.3 (September 2010).
  • "Taming the Technological Shrew: Woman as Machine in Weimar Culture." Neophilologus 94.2 (2010): 301-316.
  • "Unsettling Nerves: War Neuroses and Robert Reinert’s Nerven (1919)." The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema. Ed. Christian Rogowski. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010. 31-47.
  • Rev. of Mordlust: Serienmorde, Gewalt und Emotionen im 20 Jahrhundert, by Kerstin Brückweh. German Studies Review 31.2 (2008): 406-07.
  • Rev. of Dietrich’s Ghosts: The Sublime and the Beautiful in Third Reich Film, by Erica Carter. The Germanic Review 83.1 (2008): 72-74.
  • "Projecting Trauma: The Femme Fatale in Weimar and Hollywood Film Noir." Women in German Yearbook 23 (2007): 224-43.

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  • German Studies Association
  • Center for Medicine After the Holocaust (board member)
  • Southwestern Social Science Association
  • Women in German
  • Modern Language Association

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