Yael Chaver

Yael Chaver received her Ph.D. from U. C. Berkeley (2001) and works at the intersection of modern Yiddish and Hebrew cultures and literatures, with a particular interest in the Zionist Yiddish culture of pre-statehood Israel and in interwar European Yiddish literature and culture. She is the author of “What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine” (2004, Syracuse) and its Hebrew version (2005, Yad Ben Zvi, Jerusalem). Her articles have appeared in “Jewish Social Studies,” “Yiddish” and “Prooftexts,” and she has presented at numerous international ...

Jon Cho-Polizzi

Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture. He is also a concurrent MA student in UC Berkeley's Program in Folklore. ...

Jeroen Dewulf

Jeroen Dewulf is associate professor in the Department of German, where he teaches courses in both German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is the current director of uC Berkeley's Institute of European Studies. As the incumbent of the Queen Beatrix Chair, he is also the director of the Dutch Studies Program. Since 2017, Dewulf is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium. He is the founder and chair of both the Executive Committee of the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies and the Executive Committee of the Designated Emphasis in European Studies for graduate students. As an affiliated ...

Caroline Durlacher

Caroline is a graduate student in the German Literature and Culture program. Before coming to Berkeley, she received her BA in German Studies at Yale in 2015 and then worked as a translator in Vienna, Austria. Her interests lie, broadly, in the affective, imaginative or physiological effects of texts, in the rhetorical forms of their humor, their pathos, their propaganda or pornography. In practice, her work has focused on 18th-century German, French and English literature (Goethe, de Sade, Jane Austen), and on early-20th-century theory (Schmitt, Benjamin, Kraus).

Jarrett Dury-Agri

Jarrett Dury-Agri is a graduate student in the Department of German who comes to the field by way of literature. In 2012, he received a B.A. in Literary Studies from Middlebury College, where his culminating work considered the philosophical implications of Spanish translations of Franz Kafka’s short stories. After spending a year teaching English on a Fulbright Fellowship in Oerlinghausen, Germany, he studied German Expressionism and Italian Futurism at Dartmouth College, where he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature in 2013. ...

Zachary Dziedziak

Zachary Dziedziak is a second year graduate student in the German Literature and Culture program and received his BA in History and German Literature from Columbia University. His research interests include the symbiotic relationship between literature and philosophy in fin-de-siècle Germany (especially Nietzsche and his influence on later writers) and the concomitant ‘crisis of modernity’ expressed in the literature of this period.

Robin Ellis

Robin Ellis' dissertation is titled “Making Translation Visible: Interpreters in European Literature and Film.” In it she focuses on interpreting as an embodied act of translation, asking how interpreter figures allow writers, filmmakers, readers, and viewers to engage with historically specific questions of translation, communication, and bodily presence. ...

Alex Estes

Alex is a PhD Candidate in Germanic linguistics. As a linguist, his main interest is the historical phonology of the Germanic languages, and how the phonetics of sound change can inform our understanding of their development. He is also the Python lead at the UC Berkeley Data Lab, where he teaches and develops the curriculum on topics such as Python, natural language processing, and machine learning. He also does consulting in these fields.

Nikolaus Euba

Selected as the AATG 2013 Post Secondary Outstanding Educator, Nikolaus Euba holds an M.A. degree in “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Before coming to California, he taught and coordinated German courses at Miami University (Ohio) and the University of South Carolina. At Berkeley, he directs the German Language Program and mentors the Graduate Student Instructors who teach language courses. His research interests focus on integrating (literary) texts into foreign language teaching and learning, a topic on which he frequently develops workshops ...

Justin Farwell

Justin Farwell is a PhD candidate in the Germanic Linguistics program. He received his BA in Scandinavian Studies from UC Berkeley and his MA in Germanic Linguistics from UC Berkeley. He is also a member of the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies. His research interests include linguistic typology, second language acquisition, spatial prepositions, grammaticalization, language contact theory, German dialectology, etymology, and lexical studies in older Germanic languages (namely Middle High German, Old English and Old Norse). ...

Vera Feinberg

Vera Feinberg is a graduate student in the Germanic Linguistics program. She received both her BA (2013) and MA (2015) in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Her research has concentrated on socio-linguistic and cognitive linguistic aspects, primarily focusing on differences and similarities in lexical structure across languages. She is interested in the semantic analysis of German prepositions, particle and prefix verbs, and how insights of cognitive linguistic research can be applied to foreign language instruction.

Karen Feldman

Karen Feldman’s areas of specialization include hermeneutics and phenomenology, the Frankfurt School, German Idealism, literary theory and aesthetics. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago (1989) and her Ph.D. from DePaul University (1998). Her current research concerns aesthetics and historiography from Kant to Benjamin. Prof. Feldman spent 2010-2011 in Berlin on a grant with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and in Berlin (1998-2000); and a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduiertenkolleg ...

Michael Fragomeni

After spending 20 years in the music business, Michael returned to school, receiving his BA (magna cum laude) in History from UC Berkeley. He is currently investigating the freedoms and limitations of “artistic license” by fusing semiotics and optimality theory to examine language in the musical environment. In May of 2012, Michael received his MA in Germanic Linguistics.

Kathrin Gollwitzer

Kathrin Gollwitzer-Oh is currently a Feodor Lynen – Postdoc Fellow at UC Berkeley through January 2018. Her research and teaching interests include early modern German literature, premodern history of thought and knowledge, textual criticism and premodern narratology. After employment as research fellow at the University of Zurich from 2008 – 2010 and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich from 2010-2015, she completed her dissertation on history and narration in Rudolf von Ems’ Alexander romance at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2013. Kathrin Gollwitzer-Oh received a ...

Deniz Göktürk

Deniz Göktürk was born in Istanbul, graduated from Deutsche Schule Istanbul, studied in Konstanz/Germany, Norwich/UK, and Freie Universität Berlin, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1995. She joined the German Department at Berkeley in fall 2001, after having taught at the University of Southampton/UK for six years. Her publications include a book on literary and cinematic imaginations of America in early twentieth-century German culture: Künstler, Cowboys, Ingenieure: Kultur- und mediengeschichtliche Studien zu deutschen Amerika-Texten 1912-1920 (1998) as well as seminal articles on ...

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris is a doctoral student in the Department of German beginning in the fall of 2014. She received her BA in Linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA in Germanic Literature from NYU. In linguistics she has focused on L1 development, cognitive linguistics, and socio-linguistics. In literature her interests include relations between humans and machines; the evolution of measurement (especially time); clocks and their influence on society; and the effects of changing technologies. At Berkeley she hopes to combine literature and linguistics to study curriculum design, material ...

Carolyn Hawkshaw

Carolyn Hawkshaw is a PhD candidate in Germanic Linguistics. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University (Montreal), where she majored in Musicology and studied piano with Canadian pianist Sara Laimon. She spent two years as a student at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany, before enrolling in the Germanic Linguistics PhD Program at Berkeley in 2006. She completed the MA in Germanic Linguistics in 2008. Her research interests include historical German morphology (particularly nominal inflection), corpus linguistics, computational ...

Christopher Hench

Christopher is a PhD candidate in German Literature and Culture and Medieval Studies, a Data Science Fellow at BIDS, and the Program Development Lead at D-Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley. He also coordinates module development as part of the DSEP. ...

Gerd Hillen

Professor Hillen studied German and English literature in Munich and Hamburg (Staatsexamen, 1960) and taught German at the University of Hong Kong from 1961 until 1963. His publications reflect his interest in the works of Grimmelshausen, Gryphius, and Lohenstein; the form and function of literary allegory; various aspects of the oeuvre of G. E. Lessing; and post-WW II literature, especially the novels of Max Frisch. His most recent research involves a review of interpretations of Lohenstein’s African dramas, Grimmelshausen’s picaresque novels, and questions regarding the methodology of ...

Paul Hoehn

Paul is a second year doctoral student in the German Literature and Culture program. In 2014, they received their B.A. in German Literature from Kenyon College, where their honors project focused on the interaction of urban/suburban space and personal identity in Arthur Schnitzler's Traumnovelle. They have also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and spent the 2014-2015 academic year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Meißen, Germany. Paul's research interests include Modernism and its legacies, German-Jewish culture, travel literature, literature of the late 20th and early ...

Zainab Hossainzadeh

Zainab Hossainzadeh is a graduate student in Germanic Linguistics. She received her BA in Linguistics and minors in German and Latin from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She is interested in syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, and cognitive linguistics, and she aims to approach her research from a cross-linguistic angle.

Tara Hottman

Tara Hottman is a PhD candidate in the Department of German, with Designated Emphases in Film and Media and Critical Theory. She is currently completing her dissertation, titled "The Art of the Archive," which examines the use of archival and found footage in German essay films and media art. Her research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkeley, the Max Kade Foundation, the American Friends of DLA Marbach, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to ...

Anton Kaes

After his 1973 Ph.D. from Stanford University, Professor Kaes taught Comparative Literature and Film at the University of California at Irvine, serving as Director of Comparative Literature from 1978 to 1981. In Berkeley since 1981, he was Director of the Film Studies Program from 1991-98 and Chair of the German Department from 2001-2006. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities at Berkeley in 2010 and is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Humnities Research Grant (1978), an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowhip (1984/85; 1986/87); a Guggenheim Fellowship ...

Claire Kramsch

After studying German Language and Literature in the 1950’s at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Professor Kramsch emigrated to the United States, where she taught German language and literature at M.I.T. and Applied Linguistics at Cornell University. At UC Berkeley since 1990, she is now retired from the German Department and holds an appointment as Professor of the Graduate School. Her area of research is applied linguistics, with emphasis on social, cultural and stylistic approaches to language study. She was, until 2006, founding Director of the Berkeley Language Center, a research and ...

Molly Krueger

Molly Krueger is a graduate student in the German Literature and Culture program. She joined the department in 2017 after earning her BA in German from Bowdoin College in 2013. As an undergraduate she pursued interests in medieval art and material culture, German-Jewish culture and literature, as well as art, literature, and media of the early 20th century. She continues to be interested in the intersections of literary and visual culture. She has also studied at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and spent several years working in Maine’s craft beer industry.

Winfried Kudszus

Professor Kudszus studied literature, philosophy, and psychology at the Universities of Zurich, Freiburg, and Munich. Ph.D. Berkeley, 1968. Following an appointment as Assistant Professor at Stanford, Kudszus joined the Berkeley faculty in 1968. He has been a visiting and a research professor at universities both in the U.S. and in Germany, and in a number of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs: Cornell (Society for the Humanities); Tübingen (German); Mainz (Research Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry); Frankfurt/Main (Sociology/Psychoanalysis). Guggenheim Fellow in 1984. ...

Niklaus Largier

Niklaus Largier is the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Professor of German and Comparative Literature. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Programs in Medieval Studies and Religious Studies, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. Largier is currently working on two projects: a book on imagination, practices of figuration, aesthetic experience, and notions of possibility, tentatively entitled “Figures of Possibility;” and a book on the history of practices and the poetics of prayer ...

Adrienne Merritt

Adrienne (Damiani) Merritt began the journey into Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota, completing coursework in Paleography, Medieval Text Editing, Latin, and several historical Germanic languages. At that university, she completed her bachelors in German and History, with a minor in Medieval Studies, as well as a Masters in the Germanic Philology program. Upon arriving at UC Berkeley in 2008, she has continued studies in all things medieval, but also pursued research interests in nineteenth and twentieth century subjects, in particular fin de siècle Viennese culture and ...

Adam Nunes

Adam Nunes is a graduate student in Germanic Linguistics and an alumnus of UC Berkeley. Graduating in 2013 with a B.A. in German and B.A. in Linguistics, he has come back to UC Berkeley after spending the last three years working for LendingClub.com as a Training and Development Associate.

Charlton Payne

I am a DAAD P.R.I.M.E. Fellow in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Erfurt and Visiting Scholar in Berkeley through October 2017. During the academic year of 2016-17, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of German as well as a Townsend Fellow at UC Berkeley. I am now completing my book “Expedient Fictions: Identity Documents and Literature in the Age of the Refugee.” After completing my dissertation on the contested foundations of nationality and cosmopolitanism in eighteenth-century experiments with the epic genre as a fellow of the DFG research ...

Stephanie Peltner

Stephanie Peltner is a doctoral candidate in Germanic Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. She was born and raised in Germany. She did her undergraduate as well as her graduate studies at Berkeley, receiving a BA in Linguistics and German Studies in 2008 and a MA in Germanic Linguistics in 2011. Her research interests include language variation and change with a focus on aspect and tense. She is currently writing her dissertation about the correlation of aspect and tense in the past tense of irregular German verbs.

Lindsay Preseau

Lindsay Preseau is a graduate student in Germanic Linguistics. She received her BA in Linguistics with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Michigan in 2011. She has also studied at Stockholm University, and received her MA from UC Berkeley in 2013. ...

Irmengard Rauch

Irmengard Rauch. Ph.D. Michigan. Germanic Linguistics, historical (Gothic, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old/Middle/Early New High German) and contemporary (New High German, Modern German Dialects); Linguistic Fieldwork; Socio-cultural and cognitive approaches to language variation and language change; Contrastive Analysis and Linguistic Methodology; Linguistic Archeology; Paralanguage and Semiotics (how verbal and non-verbal languages signify). Since 1982 at Berkeley (previously at Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Illinois). Author: The Phonology/Paraphonology Interface and the Sounds of German across Time ...

Landon Reitz

Landon Reitz has been a graduate student in the Department of German since 2015. He received his BA in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He completed a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Munich and has worked in the field of higher education at his alma mater. His research interests focus on the religious literature of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods with a particular focus on Vernacular Theologies.

Evelyn Roth

Evelyn Roth is an international graduate student at the German Department with an interdisciplinary academic background. She received her B.A. in Literature-Art-Media Studies from University of Konstanz, Germany in 2014 and expects a M.A. in Studies in European Culture with an emphasis on Digital Humanities in early 2017.

Alicia Roy

Alicia Roy is a graduate student in the UC Berkeley Department of German with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media. She received her M.A. from UC Berkeley in 2014 and a B.A. in German Studies and Media Studies from Scripps College in 2011. She previously worked in Berlin at the Bundestag through the International Parliamentary Scholarship and in Hesse as a Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright Program. Her interests include Weimar cinema, science fiction, film copyright history, and cult television.

Jessica Ruffin

Jessica Ruffin is a graduate student in German Literature and Culture with Designated Emphases in Film and Media Studies and Critical Theory. She holds a BA in Film and Media Studies from Stanford University (2007) and a MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago (2008), where she focused on film theory and aesthetics. In her current work, Jessica seeks to illuminate theories of cinematic spectatorship and form through philosophies of the sublime and divine, with particular focus on the aesthetics and ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer and his medieval mystic influencers. ...

Laura Sacia Bonicatto

Laura Sacia Bonicatto completed her undergraduate studies in English Language Pedagogy with minors in Germanic and English Linguistics at Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany, and her MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has taught classes in Linguistics, German, and English Composition at Stanford University, University of San Francisco, University of Hawai'i, Kobe Women's University, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, and Palacky University.

Kumars Salehi

Kumars Salehi is a PhD student in German Literature and Culture. Broadly, he is interested in the relationships between media (primarily film, but also news media) and political consciousness. His research interests include Marxism; the Frankfurt School; German Idealism; and German and Scandinavian modernist/art cinema.

Michael Sandberg

Michael Sandberg is a graduate student in the German Literature and Culture. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and German Studies from Vassar College in 2015. His interests include the intersection of philosophy of language and literature, New Media and posthumanism.

Julia Schroeder

Julia Schroeder is a graduate student in the Department of German at UC Berkeley. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and has also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her academic interests include film/media, international relations and literature. Julia is passionate about learning in multicultural settings and looks forward to continuing her studies at UC Berkeley.

Hinrich C. Seeba

Born and raised in Hannover, Germany, Professor Seeba studied German, Greek and Philosophy at the universities of Göttingen, Zürich and Tübingen; he passed his Staatsexamen in 1966 and received his Dr. phil. in 1967, both from the University of Tübingen. He started teaching at Berkeley in 1967 and served twice as departmental chair, from 1977-81 and again from 1989-91. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1970/71 and visiting professor at the Free University Berlin in 1992, at Stanford University in 1994, and at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, in 1999. He was chair of the Society & ...

Thomas Shannon

Thomas F. Shannon, Professor of Germanic Linguistics, member of the Dutch Studies Program faculty, and former director of the UC exchange program in Germany, has been in our department since 1980. He holds Master’s degrees in German (SUNY Albany) and Theoretical Linguistics (Indiana) and a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics (Indiana). His areas of specialization are modern German and Dutch, particularly syntax and phonology, and he has published widely on a variety of topics, including naturalness, syllable structure, complementation and control, ergative phenomena, passivization, perfect ...

Scott Shell

In addition to being a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, I received my MA in Linguistics (2014) and BA in German (2010) from Wayne State University. My MA essay successfully discussed and defended in a theoretical framework how and why it is necessary to embed a gender phrase beneath a determiner phrase in the German language. My current research interests are theoretical syntax, contact linguistics, and runology.

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith is a PhD student in German Literature and Culture. He received a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, he also spent a year in Jaipur studying the Hindi language and 20th century Hindi and Urdu literature. He also worked for two years as a translator and editor for a subsidiary of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt am Main. His research interests include modernism and avant-garde studies; the intersections between body culture, cross-cultural mysticisms, and ...

Johan Snapper

Professor Snapper did his Graduate work in Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Chicago (M.A.) and the University of California at Los Angeles (Ph.D.). He specializes in eighteenth-century German literature and modern Netherlandic literature. In addition to his doctoral dissertation (on Friedrich Maximilian Klinger) his publications include six books and more than fifty scholarly articles. One of his monographs deals with the work of the controversial Dutch writer Gerard Reve, while his most recent study (The Ways of Marga Minco) is a book on the Dutch writer Marga Minco, ...

Chenxi Tang

Chenxi Tang studied comparative literature, German literature, and philosophy at Peking University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and Columbia University (PhD 2000). He taught at the University of Chicago before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2007. Professor Tang’s research and teaching interests include: German literature and intellectual history from the baroque to modernism, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially the time around 1800; Early modern Europe; Law and literature; Legal and political thought; Literary and Cultural Theory. The first ...

Elaine Tennant

Elaine Tennant, James D. Hart Director of The Bancroft LIbrary, is Professor in the Departments of German and Scandinavian and affiliated with the Program in Medieval Studies. She did graduate work at Harvard and the University of Vienna. Her main areas of research are Habsburg court society in the early modern period, development of the German language in the late Middle Ages, and the Middle High German narrative tradition. Her teaching has been concerned primarily with the literary and cultural traditions of the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval and early modern periods, although she also ...

Jonas Teupert

Jonas is a graduate student in the Department of German at Berkeley and a writer of short prose and poetry. Currently, he is attempting to merge academic and poetic modes of thinking and writing, applying critical theory in short prose essays. He studied German and English at Humboldt-University Berlin from 2010 to 2016 and was an awardee of the German National Academic Foundation from 2015 to 2016. His research has covered the form of the novel and the experience of time (Theodor Fontane), the small form and its mediality (Heinrich von Kleist), as well as the interrelation of epics and ...

Cara Tovey

Cara Tovey is a PhD student in German Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media. She received her BA in 2011 and MA in 2012, both in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Cara has also spent one year teaching English in Klagenfurt through the Austrian-American Education Commission (Fulbright Commission). Her research interests include contemporary film and visual culture, as well as performance theory and other art forms such as dance.

Christine Vais

Christine Vais is a graduate student in Germanic Linguistics. She received her BA in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in German and Linguistics. In 2014, she received her MA, also from the University of California, Berkeley, in Germanic Linguistics. ...

Melissa Winters

Melissa Winters is a PhD candidate in German and Medieval Studies. She arrived in her current field by way of musicology: prior to beginning the doctoral program in German literature at UC Berkeley, she earned the MA and MPhil in music theory at Yale University and the BA in music at Mills College. Her dissertation, “Building the Hall of Song: Richard Wagner and the Middle High German Blütezeit,” examines Wagner’s reception of the courtly literary tradition of the thirteenth century. Those who wonder what she was doing in the interim between Yale and Berkeley may wish to know that she ...

Peter Woods

I am a fourth year student of Germanic linguistics, primarily interested in language contact, language change and the development of the Germanic languages, especially as they distinguish themselves from other Indo-European languages, such as Slavic and Baltic in particular. I am a native of Memphis, TN, having lived most recently in Moscow, where I was teaching English. Before that I was in the Peace Corps in Suriname, South America. I did my undergraduate studies at George Washington in DC, majoring in International Affairs with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe. If you ever want a long ...

Esmée van der Hoeven

Esmée van der Hoeven is lecturer in the Dutch Studies Program at the Department of German. She has an MA degree in Language and Culture Studies from Utrecht University (2004), and obtained a certificate in teaching Dutch as a Foreign Language from VU University Amsterdam (2006). She is experienced in teaching Dutch language courses on all levels and has a special focus on conversation practice and writing skills. Before she came to Berkeley, she has taught Dutch language and culture at Utrecht University, Palack‎‎ý University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Delft University of Technology, ...