M.A. Tübingen University, 1991; Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1998

I received my M.A. in German and Scandinavian languages and literatures from Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, in 1991. In September of that same year, I relocated to Vancouver, Canada, to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in medieval German literature and culture in 1998. While working on my doctoral thesis, I began to teach as a Teaching Assistant and as a Sessional Lecturer at UBC. I am currently a Lecturer in German in the Department of CENES at UBC, and I have been teaching German language and literature at the university level for more than 20 years.

The sun is still, the earth is on the move.

– Bertolt Brecht

Selected Recent Publications

“Grünender Wald, gebannter Ort und Palast der Fee: Zum Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Natur in Franz Grillparzers Melusina.” Monatshefte 105 (2013): 71-85. Print.

“Wie die Kinder den Krieg verließen . . . : Musik, Natur und Erlösungssehnsucht in Margarete Jehns Hörspiel ‘Der Bussard über uns.’“ Germanic Notes and Reviews 43 (2012): 7-14. Print.

“Wolfsvieh, Flügelbär und König Etzels Grab . . . : Ungezähmte Natur als falscher locus terribilis in Thomas Glavinics Endzeitroman Die Arbeit der Nacht.” Neophilologus 95 (2011): 291-303. DOI 10.1007/s11061-010-9223-3. Print.

Medieval studies; 19th and 20th/21st century German literature and culture; representations of nature in literature; literary ‘otherworlds’ (dystopias/utopias); representations of trauma in literature

Research Projects

Dystopias/utopias and nature/environmentalism in post-WWII German literature

Translation of Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken’s Der Roman von der Königin Sibille from Early Modern German into English. (Custom Course Material for use in the classroom; completed 2014)

Currently Teaching

Winter 2019

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations. See also GERM 433.

Winter 2019

GERM302 German Literature after 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.

Winter 2019

GERM411 Major Controversies in German Culture (in English) Sections

Selected debates and controversies in the German-speaking countries.

Winter 2019

GERM301 German Literature 1900 - 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on plays and novels dealing with the First World War and Nazism.