Isabel Avens (Choinowski)

Graduate Student


Isabel is a PhD candidate in German Studies, with a graduate minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Prior to coming to Cornell, 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 visual arts. Her research investigates 20th and 21st century avant-garde aesthetics, with a focus on women writers and artists of German modernism.