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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
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 (Language Coordinator, Testing Chair)
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 (Chair)
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.

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Christina Mekonen
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago

My interdisciplinary research brings together historical, cultural, literary, and theoretical perspectives to explore how both Black and Jewish authors have utilized the Holocaust as a frame of reference in poetry to represent and remember histories of victimization.


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.