CV

Education

08/2011 – 05/2016

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC): Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

Degree: Ph.D. (and Certificate in College Teaching)

Thesis: “Adapting Arthur: The transformations and adaptations of Wirnt von Grafenberg’s Wigalois

10/2008 – 03/2011

Freie Universität Berlin: Medieval German Literature and Language

Degree: Master of Arts

Thesis: “Albrecht von Eyb: Ob einem manne ſey zunemen ein eelich weyb oder nicht. Hybridität und Heterogenität im Ehebüchlein

10/2005 – 09/2008

Freie Universität Berlin: Jewish Studies, German Philology

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Thesis: “Die Entwicklung der Jüdischen Gemeinde zu Berlin am Beispiel der Betergemeinschaft Pestalozzistraße”

 Fellowships and Awards (selection)

  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, Victoria (2019)
  • Royalty Research Fund Fellowship (2018)
  • Modern Language Quarterly Travel Grant (2017)
  • Peter Rollins Travel Grant (2017)
  • Perilman Fellowship, Duke Jewish Studies since (2011-2016)
  • Leo Baeck Fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2015-2016)
  • James B. Duke International Research Fellowship (09/2014 – 05/2015)
  • Naomi Prawer Kadar Yiddish Scholarship, Tel Aviv University (06/2013 – 07/2013)
  • UNC Center for Medieval & Early Modern Studies Graduate Fellowship (08/2011 – 05/2012)
  • Erasmus Fellowship (03/2009 – 09/2009)

Publications

  • “In a Footnote. Early Yiddish Explorations.” In Association for Jewish StudiesPerspectives (Forthcoming).
  • Wellichs du tuſt, das wirt dich reuen. Strategien der Wissensvermittlung in Albrechts von Eyb Ehebüchlein,’” In Wissen und Geltung, edited by Benjamin Hübbe et. al. Berlin: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • “Schweigen ist Silber, Reden ist Gold. Über die Bedeutung von Reflexion und Kommunikation in der jiddischen Magelone Adaptation.” In Aschkenas (25/1): 83-96.
  • “Spinoza in Love. Reflections, Affect, and Subjectivity in the Yiddish Magelene Adaptation.” In DAPHNIS & CHLOE (2015/43): 54-72.
  • es wil mein namen nirgez nenen. Identitätskonstruktionen in der jiddischen Paris un Viene Adaption.” In Hybridität und Spiel, edited by Martin Baisch and Jutta Eming, 339-355. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Invited Lectures

  • “Dragons and Damsels in Distress in Yiddish Literature”. Jewish Seniors Group “Endless Opportunities”, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle (02/2019)
  • Leser Lecture, Germanic Studies Department, Indiana University, Bloomington (02/2018)
  • Ein jüdischer Artusritter? Religiöse Motivik in den jiddischen Wigalois Adaptionen ‘Viduvilt’ und ‘Riter Gabein’.” Interdisciplinary Research Group on Religion in the Middle Ages, University of Tübingen (07/2015)
  • “Wigalois’ Wandlungen–Ein Glücksritter im Wechsel der Zeiten.” Gräfenberg, Germany (07/2014)

Conferences & Workshops (Selection)

  • “Teaching Enlightenment and Jewish Studies”, invited roundtable contribution at the “Moments of Enlightenment: German Jewish Interactions from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” Symposium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (04/2019)
  • “From Camelot to China. Narrating Mythical Otherworlds in Wigalois and Gabein”, paper presented at the GSA Annual Convention, Pittsburgh (09/2018)
  •  “Jewishness and Animals”, session chair and co-organizer (in collaboration with Margot Valles), International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (05/2018)
  • “A Christian King, A Jewish Knight? Religion in Arthurian Romance”, paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Pacific MLA, Honolulu (11/2017)
  • “Approaching the Medieval in Comic”, paper presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (05/2017)
  • “Graphic Novel or Medieval Manuscript–The Special Case of Wigalois”, paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego (04/2017)
  • “Ein König Arthur für Alle. Die Wigalois-Adaptionen als transkulturelles Narrativ”, paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Greek German Studies Society, Athens, Greece (12/2015)
  • “Ein jüdischer Artusritter? Religiöse Motivik in den jiddischen Wigalois Adaptionen Viduvilt und Gabein,” guest speaker for the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Religion in the Middle Ages, University of Tübingen (07/2015)
  • “Mosenthal’s Deborah and the Disillusionment of Revolution”, paper presented at the GSA Annual Convention, Kansas City, Missouri (09/2014)
  • “Wigalois’ Wandlungen – Ein Glücksritter im Wechsel der Zeiten”, guest speaker at the Historisches Bürgerfest Gräfenberg (with honorarium) (07/2014)
  • “King Arthur in Yiddishland – The Yiddish Adaptations of a Medieval Arthurian Romance”, paper presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (05/2014)
  • “Spinoza in Love. Überlegungen zu zeitgenössischen Diskursen über Affekte und Subjektivität in der jiddischen ‘Magelone’ Adaption”, paper presented at the interdisciplinary conference Aventiuren in Aschkenas. Jüdische Aneignungen nichtjüdischer Erzählstoffe im vormodernen Europa, Humboldt Universität Berlin (03/2014)
  • Session Chair, North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University (02/2014)
  • “The lyrical ‘I’ in Süßkind of Trimberg’s poetry”, paper presented at the MLA Annual Convention, Chicago (01/2014)
  • “The Other Jew: Constructions of Identity in Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew and Aichinger’s ‘Unter Mördern und Irren’”, paper presented at the Transnational German Studies Workshop, Warwick, UK (05/2013)
  • “Viduvilt. Weiblicher Machtgewinn in der jiddischen ‘Wigalois’-Adaption”, paper presented at the Symposium of the Medievalist Society: Abrahams Erbe – Konkurrenz, Konflikt, Koexistenz im Mittelalter, Heidelberg (03/2013)
  • Session Chair, Third Biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop, Duke University (02/2013)
  • Session Chair and organizer, North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University (02/2012)
  • “Concepts of Identity in Elia Levita’s ‘Paris un Viene’”, paper presented at the interdisciplinary conference Hybridität und Spiel. Der europäische Liebes- und Abenteuerroman von der Antike zur Frühen Neuzeit, Freie Universität Berlin (09/2011)

Academic Service (Selection)

  • Goethe Institute Certificate Examiner (2017-present)
  • German conversation hour, University of Washington (2016-present)
  • Campus Week Program “500th Anniversary of the Reformation” (sponsored by the German Embassy), University of Washington (2017)
  • Presenter Medieval Fair, Classics, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Washington (2016)
  • Duke University Libraries Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (2013-2016)
  • Coordinator Language Proficiency Assessment for German, University of North Carolina, Chapel (2012-2013)

Languages

  • Modern: German (native), English (near-native), Yiddish (reading), Hebrew (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate)
  • Older: Old Yiddish, Middle High German, Old High German, Biblical Hebrew, Intermediate Latin Certificate (“Latinum”)