Recent Courses

Fall 2014
GERM 2010: Intermediate German 1
GERM 3150: German Culture & Civilization
GERM 5850/6850 Directed Readings


Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher of German literature, philosophy, and language, I seek to create a supportive learning environment where students develop their critical thinking skills and learn about German thought and history from the eighteenth century to today. While I expect students will leave my classes with a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of German literature, culture, and where applicable, of the German language, I equally expect that the exposure to a different culture will make students more reflective of their own culture (and language). Moreover, I hope that the engagement with challenging intellectual content helps students to reflect critically on the arguments of others and will help them to better fashion their own ideas. By emphasizing critical thinking and intercultural learning, I hope to expand their intellectual horizon, instill self-confidence, and further their ability to communicate with others in an informed, self-reflective and considerate manner.

The engagement with sociological and anthropological theory is central also to my teaching. It has allowed me to reinvigorate thematic approaches to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, correlating them to contemporary debates on social, philosophical, and aesthetic issues. Both on the undergraduate and graduate level, my courses revolve around themes (crime, romantic love, automatons) and the writings of authors whose texts promote the development of critical thinking skills and at the same time allow us to engage larger historical, cultural, and philosophical questions that students today find interesting and relevant. I am perhaps most proud that student evaluations of my courses consistently note that my courses are intellectually challenging and rewarding and that they appreciate my enthusiasm as a teacher (yes, I truly enjoy teaching)