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. I co-edit the series Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies (de Gruyter).
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. I enjoy working with students in independent studies and small-group tutorials. Here's an example of that kind of work. 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 also served for many years on the college's Graduate Fellowships Committee. I have thought a lot about values infusing teaching and learning at a liberal arts college like Davidson.