Graduate Students

People

Graduate Students

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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
  • Research Areas

    Germanic Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Frame Semantics, Second Language Acquisition

    Biography

    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…
  • Sarah Harris

    German - Doctoral Candidate

    Language and Identity, Sociolinguistics, Language and Gender

    Research Areas

    Sociolinguistics; morphology; grammatical gender and its effects on speakers; gender-inclusive language, and its effects on social perception; gendered representations in media

    Biography

    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…
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    historical German morphology (particularly nominal inflection), corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, older Germanic dialects, methods of linguistic reconstruction, foreign language pedagogy

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    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.…
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    Germanic linguistics, cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, cross-linguistic analysis

    Biography

    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,…
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    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…
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    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…
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    Medieval mysticism and its textual practices, medieval theories of narration and fictionality, reading as an object of literary representation, narratives of migration

    Biography

    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    Dagmar Theison is a PhD Candidate in German Literature and Culture.
  • Research Areas

    Germanic Linguistics, Frame Semantics, Corpus Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantic Change, Construction Grammar, Polysemy, Cognitive Linguistics, Old High German, Old English

    Biography

    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,…
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    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.…
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    Verena Wolf received her Magistra Artium and Erstes Staatsexamen 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). …
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    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…