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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy



Leslie A. Adelson

la*Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies & Acting Director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies. German literature from 1945 to the present; interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to culture and history; postcolonial and feminist theories of difference; minority literatures; literatures of migration and globalization; contemporary German literature, futurity, and narrative form.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: TR 1:30-2:30pm (except March 2 & April 18)
Address: 188 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-8540


Erik Born

E BornPostdoctoral Associate
A Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Society for the Humanities, Erik Born is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a concurrent PhD in German Studies and Medieval Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on relations between old media and new media, and particularly on questions of mobility. He is the co-editor of a volume on the figure of the neighbor in German modernity, and the author of articles on early avant-garde films and medieval media theory, as well as translations and book reviews on topics in film and media studies. His current project examines the emergence of wireless technologies around 1900, drawing on insights from the fields of media archaeology and the study of cultural techniques.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: W 3:00-4:15pm and by appointment
Address: 182 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-8354


Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming*Professor and Director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies.   18th to 20th-century literature, with an emphasis on Classicism, Romanticism, and Realism; aesthetic theory; hermeneutics; Critical Theory; theories of the comic; intellectual history. 

 Office Hours - Spring 2017: on leave
Address:  192 Goldwin Smith Hall 
Telephone:  (607) 255-8355

Peter Gilgen

Peter Gilgen*Associate Professor. Eighteenth- to twentieth-century literature and philosophy; aesthetics; systems theory; literary and media theory; lyric poetry and poetics.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: on leave
Address: 194 Goldwin Smith Hall

Telephone: (607) 254-3312

Arthur Groos

ag*Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities Emeritus. Medieval literature; early modern city culture; German and Italian opera; history of science. Editor of Cambridge Studies in Opera and Studi pucciniani.
Office Hours: by appointment only
Address: 182 Goldwin Smith Hall

Telephone: (607) 255-8354


Peter Uwe Hohendahl

puh *Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature.  Eighteenth- to twentieth-century German and European literature; literary and social theory; intellectural history; and history of science.
Office Hours: by appointment only

Address: 193 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone:(607) 255-8353


Gunhild Iris Lischke


Senior Lecturer in German and Language Program Director. Second language acquisition; applied linguistics; language pedagogy, curriculum development, and professional development for language teachers; German business culture. She is also a certified tester for the Goethe-Institute exams.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: M 3:30-4:30, R 1:30-2:30 & by appointment
Address: G75 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-0725


Grit Matthias

gmSenior Lecturer in German. German as Foreign Language; Intercultural Communicative Competence; Language Learning and Technology.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: by appointment
Address: G69 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 254-6578

Douglas Brent McBride


Senior Lecturer in German. 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture; formalist and linguistic approaches to literature; reading as writing/writing as reading; the conflation of art, politics, and consumer culture; gender and the dilemma of difference.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: RF 11:30am-12:30pm and by appointment
Address: G77 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-3394


Patrizia McBride

pmbDepartment Chair, Professor.  18th to 20th-century literature and culture; modernism and theories of modernity; the intersection of literary theory, philosophy, and political theory; visual studies; Austrian literature and culture, especially fin-de-siècle Vienna. 
Office Hours - Spring 2017: F 2:00-3:00pm & by appointment

Address: 185 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-7670


Christian Metz

C MetzAn August Feodor Lynen Fellow in the German Department for the academic year 2016-17, Dr. Christian Metz received his Ph.D in German Literature at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, with a dissertation entitled Die Narratologie der Liebe. Achim von Arnims Graefin Dolores. His just completed habilitation Kitzel. Studien zur Kultur eines menschlichen Reizes is forthcoming in Fischer Verlag, as his study of contemporary lyric poetry Poetisch Denken. Die Lyrik der Gegenwart. For many years an assistant professor and research assistant at the Department of German in Frankfurt am Main, Dr. Metz was also chairperson of the Goethe-University’s retraining program "Buch- und Medienpraxis" (2003-08). In addition, he has taught at the Humboldt-University Berlin, the University Tromsø (Norway), and been a visiting professor for Prof. Dr. Moritz Bassler at the German Department, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster (2014/2015). Dr. Metz is a regular contributor of literary criticism for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. At Cornell, he is working on his current research project: "Poetik der Unschärfe."
Office Hours - Spring 2017: by appointment        
Address:  192 Goldwin Smith Hall                    
Telephone:  (607) 255-8355                   

Ekaterina Pirozhenko 

Katerina PirozhenkoLecturer in German and Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. Contemporary German-language writers with transnational background; German-Russian-Jewish writers; female flanerie; fairy tales; chess in literature. 
Office Hours - Spring 2017: M 10:00-11:00am and by appointment

Address:  Klarman Hall - G17
Telephone: (607) 255-3482

Elke Siegel

Elke Siegel*Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. German Literature from 1900 to the present; literary theory; psychoanalysis.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: R 11:30-12:30 and by appointment
Address: 178 Goldwin Smith Hall

Telephone: (607) 255-8351

Anette Schwarz


*Associate Professor & Acting Director of Graduate Studies. Romanticism; Realism; twentieth century prose; literary theory; psychoanalysis; philosophy of language; narrative theory; intersections of theories of affect, spatiality, architecture and literature.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: R 1:15-2:15pm
Address: 186 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-8323

Tanvi Solanki

T SolankiPostdoctoral Associate
Tanvi Solanki is the recipient of the Stanford H. Taylor Postdoctoral fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her doctorate in the Department of German at Princeton University and is currently working on a book based on her dissertation, which is entitled "Reading as Listening: The Birth of Cultural Acoustics 1764-1803." In addition to 17th-19th century German literature and philology, her research fields include Sound Studies, Theories and Practices of Reading, Historical Prosody and Poetics, Media Studies, Concepts of Culture, Translation Theory, and Digital Humanities."
Office Hours - Spring 2017: T 2:00-3:30pm and by appointment
Address: 194 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 254-3312


Geoffrey C. W. Waite

gw*Associate Professor. Philosophy and philosophical approaches to literary, cultural, and political theory; Marxism; linguistics; psychoanalysis; visual culture; Spinoza and the New Spinozism; Nietzsche; Gramsci; Heidegger; Lacan; Althusser.
Office Hours - Spring 2017: TR 2:00-2:45 & 4:15-4:45, W 4:30-5:00 & by appointment

Address: 191 Goldwin Smith Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-8357

German Studies Emeritus Faculty

David Bathrick, emeritus: Twentieth-century German literature/culture; cultural theory; history/theory of cinema; history/theory of theatre; Holocaust Studies

Cornell Faculty with Interests in German Studies

* = Member of the Graduate Field of Germanic Studies
Cathy Caruth, English

Jonathan Boyarin, Anthropology

*Andrew Chignell
, Philosophy: 17th and 18th century philosophy (especially Rationalism and Kant); philosophy of religion; aesthetics; epistemology

Jason Frank, Government

Werner Goehner, Architecture

Stephen Hamilton, Human Development and Family Studies

Sabine Haenni, Performing and Media Arts: Critical Theory, History and Theory of Film, Television and Popular Culture, Feminist and Queer Theory

*Wayne Harbert, Germanic linguistics: syntactic theory; Welsh

*Isabel Virginia Hull, History: Eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century German political, legal, and institutional history; sexuality and gender

*Peter Katzenstein, Government: Political structure and economy of central Europe; Germany and European Union

*Michelle Kosch, Philosophy: 19th and 20th-century German & Danish Philosophy

Tracy McNulty, Romance Studies and Comparative Literature

Jonathan Monroe, Comparative Literature

*Annette Richards, Music. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music criticism and aesthetics; performance theory and practice; C.P.E. Bach; intersections between music and visual culture

Daniel Schwarz, English.  British High Modernism, 1890-1950; Victorian studies; Twentieth Century American Culture; Holocaust Studies; Relationship Between Visual Arts and Literature, especially nineteenth and twentieth century; Narrative Theory; History and Evolution of the Novel; The European Novel in Translation; Relationship between Western Cultures and Asian and African cultures; James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Wallace Stevens, Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and Picasso; New York City; Urban culture; Newspapers and their history; Media studies

Suman Seth, Science and Technology Studies

Vincenzo Traverso, Romance Studies

Amy Villarejo, Performing and Media Arts: Critical Theory, History and Theory of Film, Television and Popular Culture, Femenist and Queer Theory

*James Webster, Music: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music; opera; music historiography; musical aesthetics

Neal Zaslaw, Music.