Lutz Koepnick is Professor of German, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a Joint-Ph.D. in 1994 in German Studies and Humanities from Stanford University after studying German Literature, Political Science, and Philosophy in Marburg, Hamburg, Uppsala, St. Louis, and Stanford.

Koepnick has published widely on German literature, film, media, visual culture, new media aesthetic, and intellectual history from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. He is the author of Framing Attention: Windows on Modern German Culture (2007); The Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hitler and Hollywood (2002); Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power (1999); and of Nothungs Modernität: Wagners Ring und die Poesie der Politik im neunzehnten Jahrhundert (1994). Koepnick is the co-author of Windows | Interface  (2007), [Grid ‹ › Matrix]  (2006), and the co-editor of four anthologies on sound in modern German culture, the exile of German visual artists and filmmakers in the United States, the global connections of postwar German cinema, and the role of German aesthetic theories in an age of new media. His current book projects include, On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of Radical Contemporaneity, a project exploring different strategies of deceleration in various media of twentieth and twenty-first century artistic practice, in particular in photography, film, opera, music, installation and new media art, and prose fiction; and Notes on the Long Take: Toward a Wondrous Spectator, a book investigating the representation of time and duration in international art cinema and video art today.