Faculty and Staff / Lehrkräfte und Mitarbeiter

German Studies Faculty

  • Professor of German Studies

    A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on gender, identity, and subjectivity in German film, literature, and culture; teaches at all levels of German curriculum; research on independent films made in Austria in the 1930s and on Weimar cinema.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in German Studies

    M.A., PhD., Johns Hopkins University

    Visiting Lecturer in German Studies. Teaching and research centers on the issue of diversity and examines how early modern German texts may inform current debates about authenticity and transgender identity. 

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  • Professor of German Studies & Comparative Literary Studies

    Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and Chair of German Studies at Wellesley College. Research and teaching in the fields of comparative literature, Jewish Studies, translation studies, media studies, and German culture and literature.

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German Studies Administrative Staff

Faculty Emeriti

  • Professor Emeritus of German

    B.A., M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    A primary research interest of his has been German exile literature from the period 1933–1945, an area in which he wrote his dissertation and has published several articles. 

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  • Professor Emeritus of German

    Staatsexamen, Universität Hamburg; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Researching Goethe and Kafka; teaching across the curriculum; involved in college governance.


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  • Professor Emerita of German

    B.A., Wilson College; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington); D. Litt., h.c. (honorary Doctor of Humane Letters), Lasell College

    Retired from Wellesley in 2010 after 39 years. Helped establish Women’s and Gender Studies program.

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