Gisela Parak (PD Dr.) is the director of the Brunswick Museum for Photography, Germany, and teaches at the Brunswick Technical University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, at Washington University, St. Louis, and at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on the history and theory of photography, American cultural history and art history of the 19th and 20th century.