Film & visual culture, politics of aesthetics, culture and political economy, globalization, American and southern studies
Severin Mueller is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies. He is a Presidential Scholar at George Mason University and website co-editor of the Cultural Studies program. Before joining the Cultural Studies Ph.D. program, he has received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies and his Master of Arts degree in Media Dramaturgy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Severin's primary research interest focuses on the convergence of cultural and material threats at the moment of neoliberalization of the U.S. South and American society more broadly. He is particularly interested in matters of ideology and social inequality and the epistemological purchase of southern exceptionalism within the realms of politics and aesthetics. To this end, he seeks to marry concerns for the political-economic with the critical potential of dialectics in the phenomenological arena of visual culture in capitalist modernity.