Robert von Dassanowsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert von Dassanowsky

Robert von Dassanowsky, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Film Studies


Robert von Dassanowsky is Professor of German and Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program, and co-director of the European Studies Certificate. He received his PhD at UCLA and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the AFI Conservatory. His research and instruction areas in film studies and media arts includes Austrian, German, and Central European cinema; British and American film; neorealism, surrealism, and neo-decadence in Italian film; cinema of the 1960s; Western European and American popular culture; propaganda film; women filmmakers; postmodernism. Prof. Dassanowsky was founding vice president of the International Alexander Lernet-Holenia Society and founding director of the Colorado chapter of PEN USA, is an award-winning playwright, has written for television, and serves on several festival, editorial, and publication boards. He is also active as an independent film producer with his company Belvedere Film. See IMDB for details. Prof. Dassanowsky was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2001 and currently serves as a U.S. delegate to the organization. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) London in 2007, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2010, and an honorary member of the Austrian Academy of Film in 2011. He currently serves as vice president of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association (MALCA). On campus he is the co-founder and faculty advisor of the Annual UCCS Student Short Film Festival and Awards and technical coordinator for the biennial Intersections Film Festival (IFF) which explores the cinema of Turkey, the Arab Middle East and North Africa. He is the external reviewer for the Transatlantic (US/EU) Masters in Cinema and Language at Virginia Commonwealth University, an Atlantis Project of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Professor Dassanowsky's critical writing and reviews have appeared in the following publications: Cinema Journal, Senses of Cinema, Camera Obscura, Bright Lights Film Journal, Film International, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Scope (UK), Austrian History Yearbook, Modern Austrian Literature (including Ed., Special 2010 Issue on Michael Haneke), Center for Austrian Studies Newsletter, Undercurrent, Central Europe, Austrian Studies (UK), The Germanic Review, German Studies Review, Monatshefte, Die Furche (Austria), Filmkunst (Austria), Seminar (Can), Sprachkunst (Ger), The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Popular Culture Review, Eastern European Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, The Los Angeles Times, and American Book Review.

His books include Phantom Empires: The "Austrian" Novels of Alexander Lernet-Holenia (Ariadne 1996); Editor, The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (Gale Research 1999); Telegrams from the Metropole: Selected Poetry 1980-1998 (Poetry Salzburg 1999); Mars in Aries (novel translation) (Ariadne 2003); Austrian Cinema: A History (McFarland 2005); Soft Mayhem: Poems (Poetry Salzburg 2010); Editor (with Oliver C. Speck), New Austrian Film (Berghahn 2011), Editor (with Martin Liebscher and Christophe Fricker), The Nameable and The Unnameable: Hofmannsthal's "Der Schwierige" Revisited (Iudicium 2010), Editor, Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metacinema (Continuum 2012); Editor, World Film Locations: Vienna (Intellect 2012).


  • Ph.D. in Germanic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. in German with Film Specialization, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. in Political Science and German, University of California, Los Angeles
  • AFI Conservatory, Los Angeles
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Narrative Film

Upper Division

  • German Film
  • Austrian and Central European Film
  • Directors in Focus: including courses on Hitchcock, Riefenstahl, Kubrick, Fellini
  • Women in Film (various topics)
  • Film Theory
  • 1960s Through Film
  • Special Topics in Film Studies
  • Independent Study in Film Studies
  • Internship in Film Studies

Honors and Awards

  • 2006 UCCS Chancellor's Award
  • 2005 Decoration of Honor in Silver, Republic of Austria
  • 2004 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for Colorado
  • 2002 UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Award
  • 2001 UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Faculty Teaching Award
  • CU President's Fund for the Humanities Grant
  • 1998 UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Faculty Teaching Award
  • 1996 CU President's Fund for the Humanities Grant