Abigail Bauer is a first-year graduate student in the Department of German. In 2020 she received her
B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies with a
minor in Swedish language. Broadly, her interests include film noir, German and Scandinavian
contemporary film, and German-Scandinavian relations. She has researched and presented on the topics
of water infrastructure in Weimar film as well as folklore and literary fairy tales through the works of the
Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. She is interested in pursuing a Designated Emphasis in
film and media studies.
Andrew Blough is a graduate student in the German Literature and Culture program. He joined the department in 2019 after receiving an M.A. in Philosophy from Duquesne University that same year. He is interested in the interrelation of mediality and knowledge construction, particularly as they pertain to historical interpretation and the construction of political spaces and temporalities. This includes the relation of science, technology, and political thought; legal dramas; and translation theory. He plans on pursuing the critical theory Designated Emphasis. He has also worked as a writing tutor.
Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture.
He received his MA in Übersetzungswissenschaft (Translation Studies) from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and his BA in German Literature and European History from UC Santa Cruz. He is also active at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and Program in Folklore. He freelances as a literary translator, and has taught at public and private schools in Germany and California.
The rural village idyll is foundational to the imaginary of the German nation. His dissertation titled “It Takes a Village” investigates literary representations of the local through transnational and increasingly translingual ‘village stories.’ He was managing editor for four issues of TRANSIT Journal (11.2, 11.1, 10.2 and 10.1) and a contributor to the Multicultural Germany Project.
In his spare time he enjoys photography, alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and Käsespätzle.
Queen Beatrix Professor in Dutch Studies; Professor in German Studies; Director of the Institute of European Studies; Interim Director of the Institute of International Studies
Introduction to German Reading Culture; The Multicultural Netherlands; The Dutch-Speaking Caribbean; From New Amsterdam to New York; Anne Frank and After; The Indonesian Connection; “Minor Literatures” – Austrian and Swiss Literature and Identity
Caroline is a graduate student in the German Literature and Culture program and the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Before coming to Berkeley, she received her BA in German Studies at Yale in 2015 and then worked as a translator in Vienna, Austria while doing coursework in Germanistik and Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaften at the University of Vienna. Her work focuses on crossing points of the categories ‘public’ and ‘private’ (in its triple evocation of ‘intimacy,’ ‘individual ownership,’ and ‘privation’) in mid-twentieth-century Austrian and German literature and philosophy. This brings her into close contact with postwar theories of violence, language and subjectivity; proto-neoliberal economic programs; and cybernetic and game theoretical models of sociological explanation and governmental action. She also maintains a strong interest in the history of Marxisms and socialisms (including Marxian methodologies) and feminist, postcolonial and critical race theory.
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.
His abiding interest is the intersection of and interstices between literature and philosophy, more specifically the formal elements or reading practices that complicate and enrich the texts that fall under these designations. With his focus on writing from the period 1850-1950, he also hopes that a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory will enable him to analyze German-language contributions to the theoretical emergence of modernism and to treatments of the relationship between literature and philosophy. Hiking and biking are his favorite activities for getting away and finding time to think.
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).
Currently, he is writing his dissertation on the typological effects of case inflection, verb-second rules, and verb-last rules upon the selection of pre-verbal constituents in German, Dutch and English main clauses.
In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading about medieval history and evolutionary psychology, and improving his command of Norwegian, Modern Icelandic, Polish, Russian and French.
Vera Felder 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.
Allison García is a first-year graduate student in the Department of German. She received her B.A in German Studies (Honors) and Health and Human Biology from Brown University in 2019. Her senior thesis focused on analyzing the racialized language in German literature set in Latin America, particularly in the work of Anna Seghers and B.Traven. She is interested in researching exile literature, transatlantic migration, and racial theory.
Sarah Harris is a doctoral candidate studying Germanic Linguistics. She received her BA in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 2011 and her MA in Germanic Literature from NYU in 2014.
Her interests include language and identity, specifically as it relates to gender-inclusive language in German. Her dissertation concerns gender marking on persons in media, with a focus on the generic masculine and its effects on the reader.
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 linguistics, older Germanic dialects, methods of linguistic reconstruction, and foreign language pedagogy. Her dissertation deals with the evolution of the weak masculine nouns in German from the 14th century through the present day.
Paul is a fourth 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 21st centuries, affect, poetics, and theorizations of space and the body.
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.
Molly Krueger is a graduate student in the Department of German with a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies. She received her MA from UC Berkeley in 2019 and her BA in German from Bowdoin College in 2013. She is interested in modes of historical representation in literary narrative, visual and material culture, and the built environment; specifically, how histories of violence and stories of migration are archived and the ways that both individual and collective memory interact with German national imaginations.
Sean Lambert is a first-year graduate student in the German department. He came to German through Comparative Literature, having graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. He maintains a comparative approach to German Studies. Sean’s interests are situated around Modernism and draw from affect and media studies. He plans to study how the technological, political and economic developments of modernity produce new structures and species of emotion, and how works of literature and film process these new, uniquely modern affects, especially where these emotions have political ends, causes or consequences. At Oberlin, he wrote a thesis about the political valences of shock, horror and the uncanny in Weimar culture. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Sean worked as a writing instructor, copy-editor and consultant. Outside of research, he enjoys watching horror movies, discussing pop music and writing fiction.
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.
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 and an MA in German Studies from UC Berkeley in 2016. He completed a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Munich and has worked in the field of higher education at UPenn. His primary research interest is medieval German religious literature especially pertaining to mystical thought, writings, and practice. His secondary interest include literary representations of reading, the history of German Studies in the US, and public theology.
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 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.
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 is a third-year graduate student in the Department of German with a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media Studies. He joined the department in 2017 after receiving his B.A. in Philosophy and German Studies from Vassar College in 2015. His work is centered around the question: how are modes of perception historically and materially grounded in economic processes and media landscapes? Focused on early 20th century German and Scandinavian theater, film, and literature, Michael is interested in the intersection between affect and media theories, where phenomenological processes of the subject are balanced with the historical media landscapes that allow for such encounters. Additional interests include the imagination and contemplative practices, the Frankfurt school, and contemporary German/Scandinavian literature.
Michael has also worked a freelance translator and is currently the managing editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World.
Berenike Schierenberg is an international graduate student in German Studies. After having been a visiting graduate at UC Berkeley in 2016/17, she joined the Department in 2018. She studied Comparative Literature and Art History at Free University in Berlin for her B.A. (2016) and her M.A. (expected spring 2019).
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.
Scott Shell, a PhD candidate and instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, received his M.A .in Linguistics in 2014 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Germanic Linguistics. He is writing a dissertation, tentatively titled “Runes and Peircean Semiotics: On Creating Parameters for so-called Magical Communication in the Elder Futhark Tradition.”
Lou Silhol-Macher is a fifth year PhD candidate in the German Department at UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Film&Media. Her research focuses on new media art and theory, and queer theory. Lou’s dissertation “In/Visible Matters: Desires and Practices in the Digital Space” engages with questions concerning immateriality, regimes of in/visibility, surveillance, knowledge production, and sensuality. She holds an MA in German Literature, and an MA in Film Studies from Ecole Normale Supérieure and Université Paris VIII, France. Her two Master’s theses can be summarized as analytically reading self-construction through narration in literature from the late 1920s and films from the 1970s with a feminist lens. She is currently the co-organizer of Queer_Marxism, an annual workshop gathering doctoral students from the universities of Princeton, Berkeley, and Humboldt-Berlin.
Elizabeth Sun is a graduate student in the Department of German. She received her B.A. from Columbia University with a Major in Comparative Literature and a Concentration in German. Afterwards, she spent time in Germany and Japan, where she researched philosophical and literary flows across Asia and Europe, and completed an M.A. in Transcultural Studies at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg. Since 2018, Elizabeth has taught literature courses for high school students on the topics of World Literature and Comparative Literature. At Berkeley, Elizabeth will continue her research on 20th and 21st century literatures of migration and transculturality in the Dutch and German languages.
Jonas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German and pursues a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His research and teaching interests center around questions of migration and span from literature to visual culture and media in the digital age. He is committed to interdisciplinary work and to seeing German literature and culture in a global context.
His dissertation project, Fugitive Forms: Literary Critiques of Modern Mobility, traces the emergence of marginal poetic forms, such as newspaper and letter writing, essays, novellas, and travelogues – forms that are fleeting as they address moments of crisis and transformation with urgency. He argues that “fugitive forms” articulate ambivalent experiences of expulsion and border crossing against the horizon of a community beyond the nation. Different from traditional scholarship, his dissertation seeks to situate migratory writing in the larger arc of classical German literature and philosophy.
Before coming to Berkeley, Jonas studied German and English at Humboldt-University Berlin from 2010 to 2016 and was an awardee of the German National Academic Foundation.
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.
Her main interest is in the semantic analysis of the Germanic languages from both a synchronic and diachronic point of view, focusing primarily on the semantics of prepositions in the Germanic languages.
Christine has been involved with the FrameNet Project since 2011 and the Bay Area German Project since 2012. She was also a co-organizer of the 2014 Graduate Student Conference, “Linguistic Varieties and Variation.”
Tim is a graduate student in the German department. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Bard College 2018, writing his senior thesis on Marx, Brecht, and Lenin. He is primarily interested in Marxist/Hegelian thought and the history/literature of the Weimar Republic. He is also interested in psychoanalysis, German theater and film, and the second world war.
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 worked as a construction laborer, pile driver, janitor, printer, and bookbinder. Degrees
BA (Music) Mills College, 1985-1988;
MA, MPhil (Music Theory) Yale University, 1988-1993;
MA (German Literature and Culture) UC Berkeley, 2004-2005
German, French, Modern Welsh; Middle and Old High German; Middle Low German and Old Saxon; Middle Dutch and Old Frisian; Gothic; Latin
Qingyang Zhou (Freya) is a graduate student in the Department of German. She joined the program in 2020 after receiving a B.A. in German Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania that same year. Originally from Shenzhen, China, Freya is interested in the intersections of German-Asian cultures, particularly as they pertain to the collaborations between the film industries of East/West Germany, China, and North/South Korea during the Cold War and beyond. She has published articles on the experiences of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII, and has presented research on European-Asian Studies at the annual conferences of the Northeast Modern Language Association, the German Studies Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She plans on pursuing a Joint Degree in Chinese Studies, with a Designated Emphasis on Film and Media.