Court, Justin

Senior Lecturer
Ancient & Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, German


PhD, German Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2018
BA, German and Fine Arts, University of Minnesota, 2011

I joined the Foreign Languages & Literatures department in 2018 after completing my PhD at UW-Madison. I am excited to get to know the German-language students at UWM inside the classroom and at program events. I am currently expanding and revising for publication my dissertation on photographic representations of the First Word War in the Weimar Republic. The project examines the interplay between visuality and ideology in contentious post-war debates about the conflict’s meaning in Germany.

Research Interests

Visual culture, photography theory, memory studies, representations of war and violence

Teaching Interests

German language, literature, and cultural history from the 19th to 21st centuries

Selection of Courses Taught

First and second-year German language courses
German 145: Views of Germany – Beer, Bread, and Brats


“Picturing History, Remembering Soldiers: First World War Photography between the Public and the Private,” History and Memory 29.1 (2017): 72–103.

“Heimrad Bäcker: Photography at the Limits of Understanding the Holocaust and its Violence,” The Art of War: German Visual Culture vol. 5, edited by Deborah Ascher Barnstone and Barbara McCloskey (2017): 159–85.