André Schütze received a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature at UCLA and a Magister in Germanistik at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He also studied at the Università degli Studi 'La Sapienza' in Rome. André has taught courses such as The Longing for Authenticity: Constructing and Deconstructing Reality in Film and New Media, Metropolis Berlin – Großstadt, Film und Medien, Crisis of Consciousness: Anxiety and the Emergence of Modernism in German Literature, The Holocaust in Film and Literature and all levels of language at University of Washington, Seattle, UCLA and Pomona College.
His main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth century German and Austrian literature, contemporary German and Austrian literature, and film and media studies. Much of his work centers around the topic of utopia, in which he looks closely at modernization in utopias and the implicit urban and anti-urban tendencies. In his dissertation, “Aspekte der Paranoia in utopischer Literatur und Film,” he examines the theme of paranoia in relation to the concept of the ideal society, exploring the way in which paranoia so often manifests itself in the depiction of utopias.
André's publications include articles on Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg, Walter Benjamin and Pierre Bourdieu, Christa Wolf, and Paul Scheerbart and he has published in journals such as Weimarer Beiträge and Seminar.