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. In the summer of 2022, I defended my dissertation in German Literature/Comparative Literature at the University of Munich 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 is under contract with Königshausen & Neumann and will be published in the Spring of '23.

I am currently a Lecturer in 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 I received a three-year scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for my doctoral studies. My research interests include 19th-century German and European literature and art, 19th-century women writers, nature in literature, and environmental humanities.

In addition to teaching at universities and colleges, I've worked with immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Germany, for example, with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County in North Carolina and with the Initiativgesellschaft München in Germany. I've also served as a mentor to 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.

Bard College

New Undergraduate Course

Fall 2022

Undergraduate Courses

"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. 

German Studies
Special Topic Courses

Courses on 19th, 20th c. and contemporary German literature, art, and politics.

German Studies
German Language 

I have been teaching German language for many years, most recently at The Juilliard School.