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    JUAN-JACQUES AUPIAIS          Email: 

Juan-Jacques Aupiais hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his bachelor's degree in the German department at Princeton University, where his focus was on German Intellectual history and his independent research approached the work of Kant, Heidegger, and Hölderlin. JJ comes to Cornell to further develop his interests in German intellectual history, especially with a view to investigating the global reception and place within comparative intellectual history of German philosophy and literature, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    ALEXANDER BROWN          Email:

    MATTEO CALLA          Email:

Matteo Calla is interested in the role of aesthetic and medial practices in constituting secular forms of community. His dissertation reads Kant, Lessing, and Klopstock’s aesthetic theories and practices as responses to a crisis of authority among an eighteenth-century German bourgeoisie constituting itself as an autonomous public through print. He is also currently pursuing a project examining the political ideologies embedded in the aesthetics of team sports. Other research and teaching interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century German literature and film, critical and media theory, and the cultural history of nationalism.

    DAVID DUNHAM          Email:



Daniel studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Oregon before completing an M.F.A. in poetry at CUNY Brooklyn College. Through the support of the Fulbright and DAAD Foundations he then spent the next three years studying and writing in Vienna and Berlin. He is a member of the translation collective VERSATORIUM and continues to actively work on new poetry and prose projects. Daniel's chief interests center around 20th century German-language philosophy and literature, in particular Austrian literature, the origins of analytic and non-analytic philosophies of language, and the 20th century novel. He also has a fascination with pronouns, Russian syntax, and the question of whether words and numbers are objects.


Mariaenrica Giannuzzi received her MA degree in philosophy from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Her MA-thesis probes the intellectual history of German geology as it is mined in the works of Paul Celan. Mariaenrica is co-curator of IAPhItalia, the Italian web site of The International Association of Women Philosophers (<>). She also helps to moderate<>, an online resource for the philosophy of social criticism.

    JETTE GINDNER          Email:

Jette Gindner works on literature and cinema from the 19th to the 21st century, literary and cinematic realisms and theories of realism (in particular, rereading Lukács against Lukács), as well as the relationship of Marxian value-form theory and the politics of aesthetic form. Her dissertation project analyzes contemporary German-language literature and cinema as mediations of capitalist crisis, especially the still unfolding 2008 financial and economic crisis and the elimination of human labor from industrial production, against the historical-political backdrop of postsocialism. Her scholarship is also informed by her Master’s degree in Economics and Philosophy (London School of Economics).

    MIYAKO HAYAKAWA          Email:

Miyako Hayakawa is developing her interests in and around narrative theory, models of intersubjectivity and translingualism in 19th and 20th Century German literature, as well as seeing/reading in various media.

    STEPHEN KLEMM          Email:

Stephen Klemm is interested in 19th-and 20th-Century German philosophy and literature with particular interest paid to questions of ethics and Bildung in German Romanticism and Idealism. Other areas of interest include the influence of Ancient philosophy, specifically Plato and Aristotle, on German philosophy and literature throughout the 19th-and 20th-Century.

    WILLIAM KRIEGER          Email:

    SOEREN LARSEN          Email:

Soeren Larsen received an MA in comparative Literature from University of Copenhagen and an MA in English Literature from University of Virginia. He focuses on German Idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis and post-enlightenment literature, literary theory, political-theology, Heidegger,Marxism, German philosophy in France.


    SOPHIA LÉONARD          Email:

Prior to coming to Cornell, Sophia studied German Philology and Literature as well as Romance Studies in Bamberg, Aix-en-Provence and Tübingen (B.A., 2014). She received her M.A. (2017) in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna, writing a master's thesis “Variation and Re-scoring” that focused on Michael Hamburger's translations of Paul Celan's poem “Blume”. At Cornell, she plans to investigate, in particular, questions of philology, narratology, translation and dramatic theory, probing the relationships between them. Sophia is a member of VERSATORIUM: Verein für Gedichte und Übersetzung and has worked as a dramaturgical and directorial assistant for productions at the Grillo-Theater Essen and Zimmertheater Tübingen.

    ANDREEA MASCAN          Email:

    MATTHIAS MÜLLER          Email:

Matthias joined the Graduate Program in 2014. His interests include life writing, German baroque literature and its aftermath, literary modernism, intellectual history, and the history of concepts.

    SANDER OOSTEROM          Email:

    CHRISTINE SCHOTT          Email:

Christine is currently writing her dissertation on Paul Celan and the  philosophical, philological and public reception of the poet in postwar Germany and  Europe, and asks how this reception responds to the plagiarism charges Celan faced in the 1960s. Christine's interest include: hermeneutic theory and philology, theories of text and reading,  postwar and contemporary poetry that challenges notions of  intelligibility and practices of reading (including performance and  sound poetry), German-Jewish Studies, esp. Jewish intellectual life in  Germany and Europe after 45, law and literature, contemporaneity and friendship in criticism. In addition, Christine has a passion for contemporary visual art, and publishes reviews of emerging artists.

    ANNEKATRIN SOMMER          Email:

Before arriving at Cornell in 2014, Annekatrin Sommer studied German literature, rhetoric, and literary and cultural theory in Tübingen and St. Louis. She works on Post-Oedipal Kinship Narratives and the Poetics of Sisterhood in German Literature and Queer Theory Since 1977.

    MATTHEW STOLTZ          Email:

Matthew’s research investigates the interplay between theology, aesthetics, and literature from the Enlightenment to Early German Romanticism. His dissertation traces a constellation of literary figures (Klopstock, Lessing, Novalis) attempting to restore a sense of wholeness to religious subjectivity, which had suffered from the effects of modern skepticism.  The project compares the different methodological approaches developed by each author, and explores how literature not only became fully conversant in the dialogue between faith and reason, but also helped shape modern conceptions of faith.  Related areas of interest include: philosophies of history; questions of theodicy; secularization debates; politics and theology; rhetoric and hermeneutics. 

    JACY TACKETT          Email:

    NATHAN TAYLOR          Email:

Nathan Taylor is completing a dissertation on “The Value-Form: Economies of Prose and Life after Goethe” that examines literature’s concern with its own worth in 19th- and early 20th-century German-language prose texts (Tieck, Keller, R. Walser) against the backdrop of a developing hermeneutics of life in the 19th century. Nathan’s research and teaching interests include 19th-, 20th-, 21st-century German-language literature, economics and literature, poetics of knowledge, critical and aesthetic theory, Frankfurt School, theories of realism, mimesis, the novella and the novel. Nathan is currently teaching in the Department of Modern German Literature at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.

    LEIGH YORK          Email:

  NICHOLAS ZYZDA          Email:

Nicholas studied German and Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder before beginning graduate studies at Cornell. His interests include German literature, philosophy, theology, and the relationship between antiquity and modernity, especially through the German reception of ancient Greek culture.