Dr. Nora M. Alter is a Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.  She received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Alter is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (Indiana University Press), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (University of Michigan Press) and Chris Marker (University of Illinois Press) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (Berghahn Books). She has published more than fifty essays on a broad range of topics including film and media studies, German and European studies, cultural and visual studies, and contemporary art. She has been awarded year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2005, she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies. From 2008 to 2010 she was elected president of the Coalition of Women in German. She currently serves on the editorial board of The German Quarterly. Her teaching and research have been focused on cultural and visual studies of the twentieth century and twenty-first century from a comparative perspective.