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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5630 Humanities and Philosophy LAR 203D , Box 184


Mary Brodnax is a professor in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. She has served the university as a Faculty Senate president, the College of Liberal Arts as a chair of the annual Liberal Arts Symposium, and her department as assistant chair, among numerous other service activities. Her primary teaching areas are 19th and 20th-century cultural studies, with a focus on Europe and North America, and Film Studies. She has published and presented papers on topics ranging from the films of the German directors Fritz Lang and Walter Ruttmann to the politicization of landscape design in early twentieth-century Germany to methods of teaching study tours in Rome, Italy.

Before her employment at UCO, Brodnax taught as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins and an instructor at Towson State University and was a visiting assistant professor of German at Penn State University (College Station) and Middlebury College in Vermont. She was an assistant professor of German Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia for five years, where she won the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty teaching award and two additional awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. After moving to Oklahoma where her partner Rudi Nollert taught at UCO, she began teaching German classes at UCO in 1994 and then the core courses HUM 2113 Ancient to Medieval Humanities and HUM 2223 Renaissance to Modern Humanities. In 1998 she became an assistant professor in the Humanities and Philosophy Department, reaching the rank of Full Professor. She has also taught at the University of Konstanz in Germany and has led UCO study tours to Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich.

In Oklahoma City, she has been very active as a board member of Oklahoma Humanities, the state NEH-affiliated humanities council; the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras; and the DaVinci Institute, a statewide creativity think tank, which she helped organize and also served as president.

Education and Certifications

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Ph.D. German Studies,1987

M.A. German Studies, 1980                      

Vanderbilt University, Nashville

B.A. Double Major in English and German, 1978      

Additional study and research in Germany at the University of Regensburg, the University of Münster, the University of Frankfurt, and in Weimar; at the British Film Institute in London; and at NEH-sponsored post-doctoral seminars at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.

Classes Taught

Frequently Taught Courses

HUM 2223 Renaissance to Modern General Humanities

HUM 3053 Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Humanities

HUM 3903 History of Film I

HUM 3913 History of Film II

HUM 4083/5083 Film Criticism/Advanced Film Criticism

And a wide variety of special topics courses ranging from Anarchy and Carnival in Culture to The Road Movie and Its Roots in Romanticism to The Grand Tour and Italian Film to various “national cinema” courses, such as British Cinema.

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