Julia Hell's research and teaching focus on nineteenth- and twentieth- century German culture; literature, the visual arts, and politics; history and theory of realism/modernism; and the history, theory, and aesthetics of empires and their ruins. She is currently co-editor of Germanic Review.
Hell has published extensively on German culture in the wake of National Socialism. She received the MLA's Scaglione Prize for her Post-Fascist Fantasies (1997). Selected parts of the text are available as pdf documents: Contents, Introduction, History as Trauma. Hell is currently working on a book-length manuscript provisionally entitled Ruins: From the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. The manuscript deals with the politics and aesthetics of imperial mimesis drawing on German, but also British and French materials from the Napoleonic era to post-World War II Europe.
Hell has organized a series of international conferences: Peter Weiss' European Images; The Unification Effect; Ruins of Modernity. Hell co-organized the latter conference with Andreas Schoenle (Slavic Studies, University of London), and edited Ruins of Modernity (Duke University Press, 2010) with Schoenle. For more information, click here.