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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:

    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.


    FLORENZ GILLY         Email:

Florenz minored in German Literature and Philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin. He will be joining Cornell’s German Department for the academic year 2018/19. His research interests include Austrian literature, genre theory with special focus on the theory and pragmatics of small forms, Berlin theater history of the 19th century, history of literary studies in Nazi Germany, and the cultural history of sexuality.

    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).

    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.

    MARK MANDYCH          Email:

    MATTHIAS MÜLLER          Email:

I work on the intersection of literature, history, and aesthetics in the twentieth century. My dissertation "The Loser's Edge: Telling Stories and Writing History from the Vantage Point of the Vanquished, 1918-1945" examines the "epistemological potential of the experience of being vanquished" (Koselleck) in literature and historiography. In three case studies - each staging a dialog between two authors - and focusing on the German defeats of 1918 and 1945 and on the experience of exile, I relate the existential dimension of these historical ruptures to changing notions of history, life, and the novel. My projects stages three conversations - between Heinrich Mann and Alfred Döblin, Thomas Mann and Georg Lukács, and Anna Seghers and Siegfried Kracauer - and shows how their respective reactions to defeat and exile impact their relations to their pasts and their imaginations of the future.

Further areas of interest include German literature since 1600, the history and afterlife of the Baroque, aesthetics, travel writing, and reportage.
In the academic year 2018-2019, I am a fellow of the German Studies Association's "Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies" at Freie Universität Berlin.

    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:

Jacqueline Tackett is a PhD candidate at Cornell University. Titled “Experimental Literature and Science Fiction: Agency, Empathy, and Futurity in Postwar and Contemporary German Literature,” her dissertation examines the literary epistemologies of postwar and contemporary fiction with a focus on techniques of human perception augmentation in relationship to changing scales of space and notions of time.

    EMIR YIGIT          Email:

Emir hails from Istanbul, Turkey and has studied German Literature, Philosophy and Psychology at McGill University in Montreal and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is currently interested in 19th century depictions of community, public life and familial relations. He works on the metaphysical background to Hegel’s social and political thought, and examines literary descriptions of familial ties, private desires, public commitments and lawful practices in late-romantic to realist texts. His other interests include Naturphilosophie and various Romantic appropriations of Spinoza.

    LEIGH YORK          Email: