At a time when the world is growing "smaller" due to the global economy, communication technology and other developments, speaking more than one language and feeling comfortable in more than one culture have become indispensable skills. I am a firm believer in supplying my students with what they need to be competitive on the job market and in helping them along on their journey into the uncharted territory of a foreign culture and language. I am trying to make this experience as interesting, stimulating and thought-provoking as possible. Innovative and diverse teaching tools, up-to-date information and creativity are key to a successful and enjoyable classroom environment - I strive to provide just that! I was born in Germany, received my B.A. from the University of Hamburg and then decided to move oversees. I “landed at the Californian shore,” earned an M.A. from USC and transferred to UCLA for my Ph.D. Over the past several years, I taught German Studies courses, graduate/undergraduate classes in culture and civilization, translation, linguistics, literature, business German as well as first and second year German classes at Arizona State, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and several other universities. My research interests focus on 20th century literature in particular (East German) women writers, feminist theory and second language acquisition.
Ph.D. German Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. German Literature, University of Southern California
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Non-Tenure Track Appointments
Language Coordinator, University of Southern California, 08/2006-08/2013
Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Southern California,
Lecturer , University of Southern California, 08/2003-12/2010
Visiting and Temporary Appointments
Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Acting Director of the Language Center , Loyola Marymount, 2007-2008
Visiting Professor, California State University, Chico, 1998-1999
Visiting Professor, California State University, San Diego, 1995-1998
Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1994-1995
Description of Research
German Literature of the 19th and 20th century -
Women's Literature ( in particular East German writer Irmtraud Morgner) and Feminist Theory.
Vom "Halbmenschen" zum "Ganzmenschen." Zu Liebe, Arbeit und Androgynie in Irmtraud Mogners Salman-Romanen. Stuttgart: Hans-Dieter Heinz - Akademischer Verlag. Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik.
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