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    JASON ARCHBOLD          Email: 

Prior to arriving at Cornell, Jason studied Anglophone literature and critical theory. In his recent research he has focused on theories of violence and their intersections with Freudian theory and theoretical formulations of speed (such as those of Paul Virilio and Deleuze and Guattari). Violence remains a key thematic in Jason’s research, and he is presently expanding this line of inquiry by exploring its interconnections with law and literature as well as theology and religious studies in the works of Kleist and Kafka.


    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.



     JULIA BROEMSE          Email: 

Julia is a Humboldt Exchange Fellow joining Cornell’s German Department for the academic year 2019/20. Prior to her arrival at Cornell, she studied German Literature, Political Science and Sociology in Berlin and Vienna with a focus on film and political theory. In addition to her studies she has been working as a journalist and as a lobbyist, mostly in Berlin. 

Julia’s research interests include German and Austrian literature, photography and film, with special emphasis on literary spaces, authorship, processes of writing and mnemonic structures.



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 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.



    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.


    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).


    MATTHIAS MÜLLER          Email:

Matthias is a PhD Candidate in German Studies. His dissertation “The Loser’s Edge: Writing from the Vantage Point of the Vanquished, 1918–1945” examines the epistemological and aesthetic potential of defeat in German Literature and Historiography. Additional areas of academic interest include German Literature since 1500, the history and afterlife of the Baroque, travel writing, and exile. His article “Rifts in Space-Time: Franz Carl Weiskopf in the Soviet Union” was awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Essay Prize of the German Studies Association.

Before coming to Cornell, Matthias studied German Literature and Linguistics, Political Science, and Pedagogy. He has taught language, literature, and composition at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany), Queen’s University Kingston (Canada), at a local high school in Kharkiv (Ukraine), and at Cornell. In the academic year 2018–2019, he was a fellow of the “Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies” at Freie Universität Berlin.

    SANDER OOSTEROM          Email:
Sander Oosterom is a Ph.D. candidate in German Studies focusing on the intersection of art and art theory in Germany’s long nineteenth century. In his dissertation, Sander concentrates on the work of the German painter Caspar David Friedrich, particularly on the romantic response to Friedrich’s work and the challenges it poses for recent and current scholarship on the artist. As such, Sander’s dissertation reflects his long-standing interests in the history and philosophy of the humanities, particularly the aesthetic and conceptual foundations of the art-historical discipline, the visual culture of early German Romanticism, and theories of art and the image in the long nineteenth century. Sander holds a B.A. in Art History (cum laude) from Utrecht University where he studied a wide variety of topics with a dual emphasis on Italian Renaissance art and artistic modernism. 



    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.


    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.


    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 on queer reading of zombies in television and film. 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 migration literature.


    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: