German Studies

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Mailing Address

Box 7127
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035


Faculty & Staff

We share scholarly expertise in German language, literature, film, history, and culture, and are passionate about teaching. We take an active interest in our students and boast a substantial publication and professional service record.

Scott Denham

Scott Denham (Chair)
Ph.D. Harvard University

I teach courses in writing, global literary theory and cultural studies, in the Humanities Program, and in German Studies. My research focuses on German and Austrian culture and literature of the 20th century and on literary translation.

Burkhard Henke

Burkhard Henke (Sabbatical leave, fall semester 2015)
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

My research interests focus on Schiller and Goethe. In 2012, I was awarded the American Association of Teachers of German/Goethe-Institut's National Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in the United States. I have chaired both the German Studies department and the interdisciplinary Humanities program.

Margaret McCarthy

Margaret McCarthy
Ph.D. University of Rochester

I teach a variety of beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in German literature, film, and culture. My research interests include German feminism, pop literature, German and Hollywood film, as well as non-mainstream film from a variety of cultural contexts.

Mark McCulloh

Mark McCulloh (On Leave)
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I teach a wide range of courses in department, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in language and literature. My scholarly interests include W.G. Sebald, and the literary relations between Germany and Britain.

Caroline Weist

Caroline Weist
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

My primary research interest has always been in theatre and performance studies, and my current project focuses on the intertwining of theatrical performance with historical discourses on the body, sexuality, and disability, particularly regarding the Volkskörper (body of the people).


Cheryl Branz

Cheryl Branz
Administrative Assistant

My work with faculty requires the use of multiple skills to cover their needs and the needs of each department, from ordering supplies to planning events and accounting needs. My goal is to help faculty be prepared to give Davidson students the best they have to offer in the classroom or on a trip with one of the programs abroad that we offer.