Ambika is a first-year PhD student in the German Department. Her central interests are related to multilingualism and translation. A secondary line of inquiry concerns literary reflections, particularly in the 19th century, of emerging ideas in scientific, mathematical and economic thought. She is also particularly eager to explore areas of overlap with Latin American Studies and South Asian Studies. Prior to joining Berkeley, she completed a Masters in Economics at the University of Arizona, and a Masters in German Studies at Vanderbilt University.
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.
Queen Beatrix Professor in Dutch Studies; Professor in German Studies; Faculty Academic Director of Study Abroad; Director of the Institute of European Studies; Director of the Center for Portuguese 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.
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.
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.
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 PhD candidate 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 currently at work on a dissertation that focuses on questions of history, memory, temporality, and literary form in contemporary German-Jewish writing.
Sean Lambert is a second-year graduate student in the German department pursuing Designated Emphases in Critical Theory and Film and Media Studies. He focuses on Modernism and the cultural impact of early film, as well as affect theory, Marxist literary criticism and the Frankfurt School. Outside of his academic work, he is a writer whose fiction and criticism have been published in The Chicago Review, the Cleveland Review of Books and Current Affairs.
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 is a concurrent PhD candidate in German and Medieval Studies. He received his BA in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and his MA in German Studies from UC Berkeley in 2016. He is currently an associated fellow at the Erich Auerbach Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Cologne.
Landon’s dissertation analyzes fictional portrayals of the act of reading to reveal the often overlooked poetological power of reading in aesthetic, social, and cultural processes. In his analysis of texts from medieval courtly epics to modern migration narratives, he demonstrates how scenes of reading construct and convey a poetics of reading that guides a text’s poetical reflection, aesthetic commentary, and social critique. His project has been supported by a DAAD Short-Term Research Grant at the University of Freiburg and a US Fulbright Research Grant at the University of Cologne.
He has published work on reading and the senses in medieval devotional culture, the migrant figure as reader in contemporary German-language novels, and the critique of colonial epistemologies and their literary form in modern migration narratives in the journals Postmedieval, Transit, and Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. His current project examines the poetic function of disruptions in medieval courtly storytelling and narration.
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 Candidate in German Literature and Culture specializing in philosophy and critical theory. He also serves as managing researcher for the Multicultural Germany Project, an initiative of the UC Berkeley Department of German that aims to foster interdisciplinary research addressing the changing cultural identities and political fault lines of the German-speaking world in the era of global capitalism, mass migration, and nationalist reaction. His dissertation, titled “The Dialectical Curmudgeon: Afterlives of Hegel in German Literature and Political Thought,” traces the ambivalent legacy of dialectical theory in the German intellectual tradition.
Michael (B.A., Vassar College; M.A., UC Berkeley) is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in UC Berkeley’s Department of German with a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media Studies. With a focus on early 20th-century German and Scandinavian theater, film, and literature, he is interested in the ways in which early 20th-century neuroscience prompted aesthetic renegotiations of the subject in its media environments. Additional interests include the imagination and contemplative practices, the Frankfurt School, and contemporary German/Scandinavian literature. He has also worked as 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).
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. She is currently the Managing Editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World.
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.”
Elise Thora Volkmann is a first year graduate student in the Department of German. She received her B.A in German Studies and her B.M. in Voice Performance from the Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2018. After graduating from Oberlin, she attended the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University where she received an M.M. in Musicology and Voice Performance. Her research interests include women and gender studies in Weimar Cinema, 19th and 20th century music, and German-Jewish culture at the turn of the century. She plans to pursue a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media and continue her research on Weimar film, focusing specifically on the reconstruction of silent film scores.
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
Verena Wolf is a Ph.D. candidate of German Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Magistra Artium and Erstes Staatsexamen (Master’s of Education) in History, English, and Education from the Goethe University Frankfurt (2016), and her Master of Arts in German Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2013). Her Magister thesis Koloniale Völkerschauen in Frankfurt. Die Wahrnehmung des Fremden zwischen Konsum, Politik und Wissenschaft (Colonial ethnological exhibitions in Frankfurt. Perceptions of the Other in commerce, politics and science) was honored with the Stiftungsfonds Kopper Award. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught English, German, and History at the Colegio Alemán in Guatemala City and completed her teacher training in Freiburg. Her general research interests include late 19th – to 21st – century literary cultures, women and gender studies, postcolonial and critical theory, and ecocriticism.
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.