Ph.D., M.A. Harvard University
B.A. University of Chicago
I studied at the University of Chicago, the Philipps-Universität Marburg, the Freie Universität Berlin, and Harvard University, working there primarily in German studies, but also in comparative literature and history. I have written and spoken on war fiction, Ernst Jünger, Kafka, reception studies, interdisciplinarity and cultural studies, Modernism and narrative, the Holocaust, Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus, and W.G. Sebald.
My teaching and research interests include German studies broadly; modernism and narrative theory; the Holocaust and its representation; literary translation; second-language and writing pedagogy; Susan Sontag; Günter Grass; Christa Wolf; postwar German film; German politics and culture; and questions of identity, loss, and memory in the central European context. I teach regularly in Davidson's Humanities courses from Homer to postcolonialism. I enjoy working with students in independent studies and small-group tutorials. I directed the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson from 2005 through 2013, which allowed me to work closely with students practicing interdisciplinary study and research. I have thought a lot about values infusing teaching and learning at a liberal arts college like Davidson.