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Katherine Arens

Professor |
(512) 232-6363 |
BUR 320

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University, Dual PhD, German Studies and Humanities Special Programs, 1981

Interests: German Idealism, European Romanticism, Intellectual & cultural history (18th-20th centuries), literary & cultural theory, history of science, psychology, & the humanities, Austrian studies

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Hans C. Boas

Department Chair, Professor; Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professor; Director, Texas German Dialect Project |
232-6358 |
BUR 328

Education: Ph.D., Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Syntax, Lexical Semantics, Computational Lexicography, Language Contact and Variation, Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Morphology, Phonology, Documentary Linguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Endangered Languages and Dialects, Foreign Language Education.

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Sabine Hake

Professor, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture |
232-6379 |
BUR 332

Education: Ph.D., University of Hannover, Germany

Interests: Late-nineteenth and twentieth century German culture, German film and media, art and politics, fascist aesthetic, the modern metropolis, cultural theory

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John Hoberman

Professor |
232-6368 |
BUR 322

Education: Ph.D. Scandinavian Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: European cultural and intellectual history with special interests in Sportwissenschaft and the history of ideas about race

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Jürgen Streeck

Professor |
471-1955 |
CMA A7.136

Education: Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin

Associate Professors

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Kirsten "Kit" Belgum

Associate Professor |
512-232-6375 |
BUR 324

Education: Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Interests: Nineteenth-Century German Studies, Popular Culture, Print Culture, Visual Culture, Nationalism, German Realism, Travel literature

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Pascale Bos

Associate Professor |

Education: Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Interests: Post 45 German & German-Jewish, modern Dutch, and modern Jewish literature & culture; Holocaust; ethnic minorities in Europe; autobiography, cultural memory, trauma, race & gender, sexual violence in armed conflict.

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Peter Hess

Associate Professor |
512-232-6362 |
BUR 356

Education: Ph.D., German Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Interests: (1) Early modern German & European literary & cultural history (1450-1700), early modern globalization, poetics, rhetoric. (2) small countries in Europe, contemporary Switzerland.

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Barbara Laubenthal

DAAD Adjunct Associate Professor |
BUR 368

Education: PhD, University of Giessen, Germany

Interests: Immigration and refugees in Europe; EU immigration policies; politics of memory and reparations; marginalized groups and social rights

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Marc Pierce

Associate Professor |
232-6360 |
BUR 358

Education: Ph.D, Germanic Linguistics, University of Michigan

Interests: Historical linguistics, Germanic linguistics and philology, history of linguistics, phonology, Scandinavian studies

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Lynn R. Wilkinson

Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies |
232-6370 |
BUR 360

Education: Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European literature, culture, and film; women writers and women's and gender studies; literary and cultural theory; Scandinavian film.

Assistant Professors

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Kirkland A Fulk

Assistant Professor; Faculty Undergraduate Advisor |
BUR 364

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Contemporary German literature and film; Critical Theory; Literature and Economics; Science Fiction; Pop Culture and Pop Music; Social Movements

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Nick Henry

Assistant Professor |
232 4355 |
BUR 330/BUR 310

Education: Ph.D., German Applied Linguistics and Language Sciences, Penn State University

Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Applied Linguistics / Language Pedagogy, Morphosyntax, Phonology / Prosody, Popular Music in German Culture

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Thorsten Ries

Assistant Professor |
BUR 372

Education: Ph.D., German Literature, Joint Ph.D., Hamburg University (Germany), Ghent University (Belgium).

Interests: Digital Humanities; Digital Learning; German Literature from the 18th to the 21st Century; Theory, Methodology and Practice of Scholarly Editing, Genetic Criticism and Textual Criticism, Digital Literature, Digital History, Literary Theory, Methodology and Discipline History of the Germanistik.

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

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Sandra B Straubhaar

Distinguished Senior Lecturer |
232-6365 |
BUR 316

Education: Ph.D. in German Studies and Humanities, Stanford University

Interests: Medieval Scandinavia, Postmodern Medievalism, Historical Linguistics

Senior Lecturers

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Yitskhok (Itzik) N. Gottesman

Senior Lecturer |
917-930-0295 |
Burdine 308

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Jewish folklore, Yiddish language and culture, folktale, folksong, East European Jewish folklife, Jewish American immigrant life


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Maggie Gemmell Hudson

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Education: Ph.D. Germanic Studies (Linguistics and Applied Linguistics), The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Using linguistic theory to inform language teaching, current shifts in German culture and demography, politics of German-speaking countries, open educational resources (OER), lexical semantics (word meaning), metaphor, intercultural pragmatics, conversation analysis, consciousness studies

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Frank Hansen


Interests: Danish language and culture, Scandinavian Culture, photography, French and German philosophy, modern American literature.

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Smyth Johansson

Lecturer |
232-6366 |
BUR 308

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Scandinavian Studies

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James C Kearney

Faculty |
28140 |
Burdine 304

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas

Interests: blues guitar, horses, Texas Germans, Texas feuds, barbecue, Texas Indians, rafting, canoeing

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Hannes Mandel

Faculty |
512–232–6376 |
BUR 318

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: German literature since the long 19th century, Media Studies, History of Technology, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities

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Vincent Vanderheijden

Lecturer |
512-232-6372 |
Burdine 380

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Foreign Language Pedagogy; Inter- and Transcultural Communicative Competence; Instructional Design and Curricular Development; Language Teacher Professional Development

Professors Emeriti

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Hubert P Heinen

Professor Emeritus |
471-4123 |
BUR 336

Education: Ph.D. Germanic Languages, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: German Language, Literature, & Culture; Medieval literature and culture; poetry and poetics

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Robert King

Professor |
923-3502 |
CAL 507

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin

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Hans-Bernhard Moeller

Associate Professor Emeritus |
232-6359 |
BUR 326

Education: Ph.D., German, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Interests: Comparative, intercultural media and genre studies, especially in Central European and German-American Contexts. Exile literature and exile film.

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Robert R Mollenauer

Associate Professor Emeritus |
471-4123 |
BUR 336

Education: PhD, German, Indiana University

Interests: Romanticism, literature and music, detective fiction

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Janet K Swaffar

Professor Emeritus |
232-6376 |
BUR 318

Education: Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Interests: German literature post 1945, German media, applications of literary theory to reading and writing in a foreign language, foreign language acquisition and advanced learners

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John M Weinstock

Professor Emeritus |
232-6369 |
BUR 354

Education: PhD, Indo-European Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Interests: Sami Culture & Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, Norwegian Language & Literature, Scandinavian Music, Scandinavian Linguistics, Old Norse Language & Literature, Wagner's Operas