I earned my Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto for a dissertation that posits the coming into being of a “masculinity-crisis” master signifier in Europe from the mid-19th century, which, paradoxically, functions to reinforce “masculinity’s” social dominance.

In CENES I teach German language, literature and film, and am also a co-coordinator in the German Language Program. In 2013 and 2014 I facilitated study abroad semesters in Berlin, and expect I’ll do so again.

I focus on beginner and intermediate German language classes, and am most at home culturally in the 19th and 20th centuries. More specifically, my interests include language learner motivation, technology in the language classroom, the popular culture of the Weimar Republic, the city of Berlin, the study of masculinities, and comics.

From 2015 through 2017 I’ll also be a lecturer in the Arts One Program.

– Review of Martin Brady and Joanne Leal, Wim Wenders and Peter Handke, Collaboration, Adaptation, Recomposition. Focus on German Studies 17, 2012.


– (With Jakub Kazecki) “Regression versus Progression: Fundamental Differences in German  and American Posters of the First World War.” In Picture This: World War 1 Posters and Visual Culture. Ed. Pearl James. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 111-145.

German 100: Beginners’ German 1

German 110: Beginners’ German 2

German 200: Intermediate German 1

German 210: Intermediate German 2

German 302: Contemporary German Literature 1945 to Today

CENS 202: Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern & Northern Europe
German 313: German Academic Discourses

Courses currently teaching