Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University and an Associate Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in 2014. Sonnevend's interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of international media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, symbols and icons. Her current book project explores practices of transnational storytelling and the making of global iconic events. Focusing on journalists covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and on subsequent retellings of the event (from Legoland reenactments to slabs of the Berlin Wall installed in global cities), her book discusses how storytellers build up events so that people in many parts of the world remember them for long periods of time. Her research interests also include social theory, media aesthetics and representations of political, social and cultural trauma. Julia Sonnevend received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University, her Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School and her Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in German Studies and Aesthetics from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.