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Jason Archbold

JASON ARCHBOLD          Email: 

Jason's present research focuses on the intersections of law, religion, and German-language psychoanalytic theory in the literature and case histories of the long nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. The central question threading these three broad areas together is whether such institutions can be thought of as modes of violence. Beyond this, Jason is also interested in the history of psychology and psychiatry and philosophy of religion, especially in the roles played by Christianity and Buddhism in German thought.



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.



Isabel studied Art, English and Education at the University of Cologne, Germany (B.A. 2017), and received her M.A. (May 2019) in German Studies from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. In addition to the master’s program, she completed a graduate certificate in human rights, which provided her with new perspectives for working with literature and art while investigating questions of social justice and equality in various cultural and historical contexts.

Isabel has a particular interest in inter-medial dialogues at the intersection of literature and art (visual & performing arts) and would like to contribute to the areas of German, visual, and media studies with her research at Cornell.


DAVID DUNHAM          Email:


Daniel Friedman





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.


Marienrica Giannuzzi


Mariaenrica is a PhD candidate, currently researching cultures of nature in the 20th century Europe, with a particular focus on texts in German. Her professional interests include the human/nonhuman divide, cosmologies, deep time, geological records, biopolitics, political ecology, political philosophy, feminist and queer theory. She collaborates with several media platforms to advocate for social change.



TAMAR GUTFELD        Email:

Prior to arriving at Cornell, Tamar studied Philosophy and German Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her MA thesis, she addressed practices of memory in Jurek Becker’s novel “Jakob the Liar”. In Cornell, she hopes to continue researching memory culture and to explore the notions of rupture, continuity and return through representations of families in 20th-century German literature and film.


Spencer Hadley

SPENCER HADLEY        Email:

Spencer received an A.B. in German from Princeton University, where he wrote a senior thesis on Rilke's Sonette an Orpheus, Hofmannsthal's poetological writings, and the German-language concept of Stimmung. His most recent work was a co-authored piece on Angelo Soliman in the contexts of Enlightenment thought and 18th century (and also present-day) Austrian society - a case study on the historical origins and persistent legacies of modern European racism. At present, he is interested in exploring how affective experiences of art - and our understandings of them - are shaped by racial and socio-economic realities. He aims to approach his studies at Cornell with an intellectual and methodological openness and seeks to contribute to research amplifying historically marginalized voices within the field of German Studies and beyond. 


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:

I am currently studying twentieth-century Germanophone literature and culture, in particular the theory and—sometimes related—practice of translation, the emergence of minor literatures and language varieties, family histories, Critical Theory, and the perversions of Amtssprache. 
Prior to my arrival at Cornell, I completed my BA (German and English Literature majors, Philosophy minor) at Ohio Wesleyan University before spending two years as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Hamburg and Gladenbach (Hesse).


SANDER OOSTEROM          Email:
Sander Oosterom is a Ph.D. candidate in German Studies focusing on the intersection of art, religion and philosophy in Germany’s long nineteenth century. After having obtained his BA in Art History (cum laude) from Utrecht University, Sander’s current research concentrates on the reception of Byzantine art and culture in German Romanticism and Idealist philosophy. In his dissertation, he particularly directs attention to the role of the religious icon as both a historical and conceptual alternative to the modern category of art. As such, Sander’s dissertation reflects his long-standing interests in medieval art, the visual culture of German Romanticism and theories of art and the image from the nineteenth century to the present. His other interests include artistic modernism, aesthetics and the philosophy of perception.



ANNA PFEIFER          Email:

Anna Pfeifer holds a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies from Ruhr-University Bochum and received her B.A. at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, graduating in German Studies and History. During her studies in Düsseldorf, she also received her qualification as a teacher in German as foreign language (DaF). For two academic years (2017/18-2018-19) Anna taught German in the German and Russian Department at Binghamton University as a DAAD Language Assistant.

Anna’s research interest includes theory of authorship, intertextuality, literary theory, literature of 18th -20th Century, Literature of the post-war and post-socialist eras.


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.


Candice Strateman


Prior to her studies at Cornell, Candice received her M.A. in German Literature from the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany. In her master’s thesis, she addressed questions of intermediality in 20th century German and American literature, especially the relationship between textual and non-textual media in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina and Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49. She has worked as a translator and writer and has taught a wide variety of English courses in Berlin, including seminars on academic writing and presentation, creative writing, and short stories. Candice completed her B.A. in English at UC Berkeley with a focus on poetry, media theory, and creative writing, as well as the contemporary novel and its relationship to postmodernism. At Cornell, she looks forward to broadening the focus of her approach to other literary eras and theories. Additionally, she is interested in the comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of literature, psychoanalytic theory, and the arts, especially film, photography, and music.


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.


Seth Thomas

SETH THOMAS          Email:

Seth learned German and became familiar with its literature and culture when he lived a number of years in the Rhein/Neckar Region of Germany. A time in which he both worked in Frankfurt and studied at the University of Mannheim. Most recently he finished his MA at the University of Colorado where he studied Critical Theory. His most recent work focuses on Kleistian portrayals of violence and their ability to question Enlightenment conceptualizations of logic and reason. At Cornell he hopes to build off this work to explore how portrayals of violence throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have shaped modern conceptions of society, morality, and rationality.


DENNIS WEGNER          Email:

Dennis studied German, English and Russian in Kiel and Irkutsk. He finished his degree in 2017 with a master's thesis that approached the gothic and horror genres with queer theory. Before coming to Cornell, Dennis received a Fulbright Scholarship and worked as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Dartmouth College. He is interested in comics studies, queer theory, and transnational studies


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: