Assistant Professor, German

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Keezell B13


Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (German Studies; PhD Certificate in Cultural Studies)
M.A. University of Pittsburgh (German Studies)
B.A. Heidelberg University (German)


GER 307: History of German Civilization
GER 341: Translation Competencies
GER 375: Business and Society in Germany
GER 386: German Short Stories
GER 425: Modern German Literature
GER 490: Special Studies in German
HUM 200: Great Works of Literature (Humans, Animals, Machines)

Research and Teaching Interests

19th- and 20th-Century German Literature, History of Emotions, Moral Philosophy, Narrative Theory, Animal Studies, Human/Non-Human Studies, Foreign Language Drama Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Historical Semantics.


Book (Co-Editor)

Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary. The Keywords Project. Ed. Colin MacCabe and Holly Yanacek. Oxford University Press, October 2018.

Scholarly Articles

“Fighting Fascism through Theater: Defining a Socialist Humanist Aesthetic in Willi Bredel’s Die Enkel (1953).” Forthcoming in Monatshefte 112.1 (Spring 2020).

“Nasty Women: Female Anger as Moral Judgment in Fontane’s Grete Minde and Effi Briest.” In Fontane in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. John B. Lyon and Brian Tucker. Camden House, April 2019.

“Investigating the Unexplained: Paranormal Belief and Perception in Kleist’s ‘Die heilige Cäcilie’ and ‘Das Bettelweib von Locarno.’” Colloquia Germanica 45.2 (2012): 163-178. Published in August 2015.


“The Symbol.” English translation of Friedrich Theodor Vischer’s philosophical treatise “Das Symbol”(1887). Art in Translation 7.4 (February 2016): 417-448. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Online.

Manuscripts under Review

“Mobilizing Disgust and Compassion: Elpis Melena's Gemma; oder, Tugend und Laster (1877) and the Anti-Vivisection Movement.”

Works in Progress

Book project: Rethinking Feeling: Nietzsche, Emotion, and fin-de-siècle German Literature

Co-edited volume: Feeling beyond the Human: Animals, AI, Machines

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