Professor Kaes teaches courses in modern German literature, literary and cultural theory, and cinema. In Berkeley since 1981, he was Director of the Film Studies Program (now the Department of Film & Media) from 1991-98 and Chair of the German Department from 2001-2006. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities at Berkeley. His research concentrates on interdisciplinary and comparative aspects of Weimar culture and contemporary literature and film; literary theory and theory of cultural studies; exile, migration and multiculturalism; film history and film theory.
Film theory, German cinema