My training in German Linguistics (M.A., University of Munich) has prepared me to teach language courses, and my doctoral studies have deepened my appreciation for the literary field. I just defended my dissertation in German Literature/Comparative Literature at the University of Munich (July 2022) and am now preparing it for publication. Its title: "Natur und Nation. Landschaft als Ausdruck nationaler Identität. Der Rhein in Deutschland und der Hudson River in den USA -- ein literaturwissenschaftlicher Vergleich." It will get published by Königshausen & Neumann in the Spring of '23.
Currently, I'm a Lecturer in the Humanities at Bard College in New York.
I've taught at the University of Munich, UNC Asheville, The Juilliard School, and Bard College; I've held a fellowship at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College in New York and received a three-year scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for my doctoral studies. My research focuses on 19th-century German and European literature and art, women writers of the 19th century, nature in literature, and environmental humanities.
In addition to teaching at universities and colleges, I have worked with immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and in Germany, e.g. at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County in North Carolina and the “Initiativgesellschaft München” in Germany. I have also been a mentor for first-generation students.
I'm an Associate Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, and a member of the OSUN Global Observatory on Academic Freedom and the German Studies Association.
"Landscape Studies: The Hudson River Valley"
Interdisciplinary approach to "close-read" landscape through the narratives and interpretations it was shaped by;
taught at Bard College.
"Great Books Course"
Introductory courses on "core literary texts" from various time periods and places, most recently at Bard College ("First Year Seminar").
"The Ancient World"
Introduction to ancient literature, art, and politics at UNC-Asheville.
Special Topic Courses
Courses on 19th, 20th c. and contemporary German literature, art, and politics.
I have been teaching German language for many years, most recently at The Juilliard School.