Teaching

I have taught German language, culture, literature and historic linguistics at the undergraduate level and graduate level. I have additionally developed interdisciplinary classes in English for a wide audience, including “Witchcraft. From History to Pop culture” and “Adapting Arthur”. My teaching focuses on bringing canonical texts into dialogue with minority voices while, at the same time, enabling the students to engage with the material based on their own realities and means of communication. As my undergraduate classes in historic linguistics (“The History of the German Language”; “Origins of the Germanic Languages”) focus on sociolinguistics, they aim to familiarize students with the diachronic changes of the German language but, above all, with the way historic and social processes affected these changes and how languages impacts our own worldviews as well.

I will teach a freshmen seminar on diversity in the Middle Ages (“Who is ‘us’? Diversity in the Middle Ages”)as part of the University of Washington Husky Leadership Initiative for spring 2019. My class uses the medieval epoch to discuss topics of relevance that matter to a contemporary student body (proposal).


University of Washington (2016-present)

Graduate

Lyrik des Mittelalters Syllabus

Undergraduate:

Witchcraft: Magic Women from Circe to Hermione

Adapting Arthur: The Story of the Once and Future King Syllabus

Liebe im Mittelalter (advanced undergraduate class in German) Syllabus

History of the German Language Syllabus

Origins of the Germanic Languages Syllabus

Second and Third Year German

University of North Carolina (2011-2015)

First, Second, and Third Year German

German Culture and the ‘Jewish Question’ (teaching assistant of Prof. Jonathan Hess)

Freie Universität (2008-2009)

Introduction to Middle High German Literature and Language: Gottfried von Straßburg’s ‘Tristan’ (teaching assistant of Prof. Andrea Sieber)