Petra Löffler is a film and media theorist who taught at the Universities of Cologne, Regensburg, Vienna, Siegen and Weimar. Her publications comprise studies in Media archaeology, Media history of facial expression, Early cinema, Affect theory and Visual Culture. She is editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft
is a scholar of art history and cultural studies. She has been research associate with several institutions (such as the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, at the institute of art history at Freie Universität Berlin, at the Braunschweig University of Art) and held the position of substitute professor at the department of European Media Studies at the University of Potsdam and professor for the »History and Theory of Contemporary Media« at the University of Oldenburg. She currently holds the position of professor for the »History and Theory of Visual Culture« at the University of Arts Berlin.