Alumni Profile

Kevin Boyd

Graduate Alumni
kjb4f@virginia.edu

A native of Georgia, Kevin Boyd joined the German Department at UVA in 2005.  Kevin is a graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he earned a BA in History and German Studies.  At the University of Georgia Kevin completed an M.A. in German Studies with a thesis on the philosophy and poetics of Hermann Broch.  His main interests are German and European literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, Cervantes, and Austrian studies. Kevin is currently working on his dissertation, "Translation, Language and Parody: Goethe's Translation Theory and Application."

Kevin Boix

Graduate Alumni
kjb6tm@virginia.edu

Kevin graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in German and Economics. He joined the German Department at UVA in Fall 2012. His research interests include psychoanalysis, fin-de-siècle Vienna, film, and critical theory.

Danielle Verena Kollig

Graduate Alumni 2012
dk3q@virginia.edu

 

Danielle Verena Kollig graduate with a Ph.D. from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in May 2012, with a dissertation titled Images of Transsexuality in Philosophy, Theater, and Film: Nietzsche, Brecht, Fassbinder. She is currently teaching German Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the Universities of Richmond (FS 2012) and the University of Virginia (FS 2013). Verena’s research interests are located within gender and media studies as well as in modern Germanic literatures, and she is currently developing a pedagogical research project on queer methodologies in teaching (project title: "Raising Awearness: How Students Approach Diversity while Studying Fashion.") The title refers to the New York designer Kenneth Cole, which demonstrates Verena’s interests in fashion as a socio-cultural signifier. 

Irina Kuznetsova

Graduate Alumni 2012
ik4m@virginia.edu

 

Irina received her Ph.D. in German Studies in 2012. Her dissertation is a comparative literary and cultural-studies project, entitled “The Possessed: The Demonic in German and Russian Literature in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.”

During her graduate school at UVA Irina developed and taught literature seminars both in English and in German. She also received several research and study grants: Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, Clay Endowment Fellowship, DAAD Scholarship, Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 Irina won AATG-German Quarterly Graduate Student Paper Award for the best research paper by a graduate student in German Studies for her article "The Possessed: The Demonic and Demonized East and West in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg and Dostoevsky's Demons," which appeared in German Quarterly in 2012. Parallel to her studies at the German Department, Irina worked for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UVA. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the New Economic School, a renowned private graduate school in Moscow.

 

Noah Dylan Goldblatt

Graduate Alumni 2014
ndg4f@virginia.edu

 

Noah Dylan Goldblatt first traveled to Germany as a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar in 2002. After studying at Helmholtz Gymnasium Hilden for one year, he began his studies as a Monroe Scholar at the College of William and Mary. During his junior year, he studied German Philology at the Free University of Berlin. In 2007, he received his B.A. in German Studies and Linguistics and began his graduate studies at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia as a President’s Fellow. He received his M.A. in 2009 and submitted a thesis entitled, “Die Hochzeit des Mönchs: Recovery of the Art of the Oral Story.” In Spring 2010, he completed his Ph.D. qualifying examination in the categories of Lyric Poetry, the High Middle Ages, and Freud. In recent years, he has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2011), and as a visiting lecturer at TU Dortmund (2011-2012). While in Dortmund, Noah Dylan Goldblatt taught six courses that examined transatlantic connections between German and American literature and film, including “Law in Literature: Lawmakers and Lawbreakers,” “Melancholics Anonymous: The Lyric Poetry of City Life,” “Film Noir and the Aesthetics of German Expressionism,” “Urban Poverty in Literature and Drama,” “Education and Electoral Politics in Germany and the USA,” and “Law and Violence in David Simon’s ‘The Wire’.” Last summer, he traveled to Iceland to complete literary research and linguistic training in Icelandic and Old Norse at the University of Iceland and at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Currently, Noah Dylan Goldblatt is a Ph.D. Candidate finishing his dissertation, “A Law Unto Himself: Jurisprudence in Gottfried’s ‘Tristan’.” In Spring 2014, he will present a portion of his dissertation at the Rhetorik der Evidenz Symposium and visit manuscript archives to perform grant-supported research on a project entitled, “Visual Manifestations of Legal Topoi and Tropes in Maximilian's ‘Theuerdank’ (1519).” His research and teaching interests include: law in literature, lyric poetry, psychoanalysis, the literature and art of the High and Late Middle Ages, the literature and art of the Jahrhundertwende, German Cinema, and creative applications for technology in German language and literature instruction. He also serves as a Teaching and Technology Support Partner (TTSP) for the German Department and as webmaster for www.germanhouse.org, the central resource for German events hosted at the University of Virginia.

Matthew Lockaby

Graduate Alumni
mrl2m@virginia.edu

Matt graduated with a bachelors in German from Vanderbilt University.

Danielle Pisechko

Graduate Alumni
dnp4hp@virginia.edu

 

Danielle Pisechko is in her second year of the PhD program at UVa. Previously, she completed both a HBA in Foreign Languages and Literatures (German, Latin, Russian) and an MA in German Language and Literature at the University of Delaware.  During her study of German, she’s attended universities in Salzburg, Austria, and Fulda and Freiburg, Germany.  Most recently, she spent a year abroad teaching at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Proseminar: “Das Konzept ‘Heimat’ in der Gegenwartsliteratur”).  Her research interests include Heimat, community building and its connections with nationalism, and drama.

 

Kerstin Steitz

Graduate Alumni 2014
ks8fa@virginia.edu

Originally from Berlin where she studied Comparative Literature, North American Studies and Journalism at the Freie Universtität, Kerstin joined the UVa German Department in the Fall of 2006. Before moving to Charlottesville, she studied as an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Bath in 2003/04 and taught German as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at Idaho State University in 2005/06. She passed her M.A. exam in the fall of 2007 and her PhD qualifying exams in the fall of 2009. Her main research interests include 20th century German literature, German-Jewish literature, the intersections of law and literature, psychoanalysis and Gender Studies. Kerstin spent the academic year 2010/2011 as a guest lecturer in the American Studies Department at TU Dortmund, where she taught two undergraduate courses "Affact: The Literary and Filmic Treatment of Holocaust Trial Records" and "Freud and his (American) Readers." During her time in Dortmund, she initiated and organized a literature project on the subway called "Gedankenzüge: Dialog zwischen Kulturen." In the fall semester 2011, she became a Jewish Studies Fellow and taught an undergraduate course "The Holocaust in Law, Literature and Film." Currently, Kerstin is writing her dissertation entitled "Beyond Closure: The Artistic Re-Opening of Holocaust Trial Spectacles."

Charles Taggart

Graduate Alumni 2014
cwt5z@virginia.edu

 

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania but a Canadian at heart, Charles graduated with first-class standing from McGill University in Montréal. There he studied German Literature as well as medieval and modern European History. Charles spent his third year abroad as an exchange student at the University of Tübingen. 

After a year teaching English as a second language in South Korea, Charles entered the German Department at UVA in the fall of 2008. The German Department appealed to him for two particular reasons: the diverse course offerings and research opportunities paired with a collegial atmosphere in a small but stellar department. In the fall of 2009, Charles passed his M.A. exam, and in the spring of 2012 he did his comprehensive examinations on Kafka, the history of the novel and German and French Arthurian Romance. With Professor William C. McDonald serving as his dissertation advisor, Charles defended his dissertation, “Taking Flight: Gottfried’s Tristan, Arthurian Literature and Learning to Forget the Round Table”, in April of 2014. He is now a proud alumnus of UVA.

As a teaching assistant at UVA, Charles taught German language courses on the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels during the normal school year and during the summer session. From 2010-2011, Charles was a visiting lecturer in the German Department at the University of Mannheim where he taught in both German and English. There he led two Proseminare: the first on travel novels and the second on twentieth century apocalyptic literature and film. After being entrenched in eleventh and twelfth century medieval literature for several years, Charles is now teaching interdisciplinary Hauptseminare on westerns, musicals, jokes and eco-criticism at the Technical University of Dortmund. 

In his free time, Charles is an avid theatre-goer, an intermittent jogger and dreams of adopting a dog. 

 

 

Beatrice Waegner

Graduate Alumni
bw2jz@virginia.edu

 

A native of Karlsruhe, Germany, Beatrice studied German literature and linguistics, political science and English literature and linguistics at the University of Mannheim. She completed her “Erstes Staatsexamen for Higher Secondary Education” with highest standing in 2009. Her thesis on acoustic and nutritional diseases in the work of Franz Kafka was awarded the alumni artes liberales research prize in the humanities. She complemented her academic studies with practical experience by directing drama projects, training conflict mediators, and working abroad as a teacher and boarding house tutor at Marlborough College in the UK.

After her Erstes Staatsexamen, Beatrice worked as a research fellow and lecturer for the Chair of German Medieval Languages and Literatures at the University of Mannheim. She first came to UVA as an exchange student and officially joined the program in the fall of 2011. Beatrice completed her PhD exams with distinction in the spring of 2012. Her subjects were Franz Kafka, thing theory, and Baroque literature. In September 2014, Beatrice successfully defended her dissertation, “Dinge des Exils – Ein Panoptikum der Krise”. Using 20th century literary and biographical texts written in German, she examines the relationship of people and the things around them under the conditions of exile. In 2014, her article, “Geschmückt und zugenagelt! Wie Dinge ihre letzte Ruhe finden”, was published in an essay collection on skin and wrapping culture, entitled Haut und Hülle. Umschlag und Verpackung: Techniken des Umschließens und Verkleidens (Rotbuch Verlag).

At UVA, Beatrice taught German as a second language to beginning, intermediate and advanced students. In the spring of 2013, she taught the German play class. This troupe of creative, German-speaking thespians put Jura Soyfer’s Der Weltuntergang on stage. Beatrice is spending the academic year 2014/2015 on exchange at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. There she is teaching four interdisciplinary literature classes on America as exile country, hotels, sickness and health, as well as literature, labor and economics in the American Studies Department.

As an early bird, Beatrice engages in the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga in affiliation with UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center. As a former violinist, she enjoys going to concerts and theatrical performances.    

Adam Winck

Graduate Alumni
amw9t@virginia.edu

Adam Winck graduated from Wake Forest University in 2004 with a degree in German and philosophy, having completed a senior thesis on the notion of truth at work in Nietzsche's philosophy. As an undergraduate, he studied for a year at the Freie Universität in Berlin. In 2006, he completed a Master of Arts and Religion degree from Yale University, spending the second of this two-year program at Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg. In the fall of 2007, he completed his M.A. in German literature at UVA and is continuing on to the Ph.D. program. His interests are broad enough to include literature, philosophy, and theology, and it's possible he will focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. In his time away from studies, Adam can be found racing a bicycle at the collegiate and elite amateur levels.

Ashleigh Allen

Undergraduate Alumni 2010

 

I graduated in 2010 with a double major in German Language and Literature and Biology. People are often surprised by this combination, but I think it benefited me a great deal. During college it let me do interesting things, like study abroad and work in a cell biology research lab in Bonn, Germany. I think the two majors helped make me a really balanced student. German was especially helpful in making me a better writer (even in English!) Studying language, literature, and film made me a more thoughtful and detail-oriented person; this ultimately proved very “practical,” and helped me secure my first job.

After graduation, I took a position as a health writer for Lockheed Martin on a contract with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). There I researched and drafted responses to cancer-related questions from the public. This was a really exciting job, and helped me realize my interest in public health.  Since then, I’ve also worked as a medical data coordinator, abstracting cancer clinical trials for the NCI so that the Institute can set research priorities. These experiences helped me narrow my career focus. This past Fall I actually decided to come back to UVa, to work towards a Master of Public Health degree. Studying German absolutely helped me develop the critical thinking skills needed for this sort of interdisciplinary field.

In my free time I like to cook, and I try to keep up with my German by practicing with my grandmother and by watching German films. I’m also trying to learn how to play Fußball (it turns out this is pretty hard).

Stefanie Parker

Graduate Alumni 2013

Lecturer for German at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Barbara Rieger

Graduate Alumni 2011

Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich

Graduate Alumni 2011

Brett Martz

Graduate Alumni 2010

Maria Morrison

Graduate Alumni 2010

Martin Sheehan

Graduate Alumni 2009

Anna Baker

Graduate Alumni 2008

Wayne Stith

Graduate Alumni 2008

Joshua Davis

Graduate Alumni 2007

Sarah Painitz

Graduate Alumni 2006

William Quirk

Graduate Alumni 2005

Josh Kavaloski

Graduate Alumni 2004

Lesley Pleasant

Graduate Alumni 2004

Peggy Setje-Eilers

Graduate Alumni 2003

Susan Norland

Graduate Alumni 2003

Dorothe Bach

Graduate Alumni 2002

Cora Schenberg

Graduate Alumni 2002

Edwin Vanecek

Graduate Alumni 2002

Erin McGlothlin

Graduate Alumni 2001

JoAnn Van Vliet

Graduate Alumni 2001

Ingrid Rieger

Graduate Alumni 2001

Annette Buhler-Dietrich

Graduate Alumni 2000

Inge DiBella

Graduate Alumni 1999

Matthew Crosby

Graduate Alumni 1998

Christine Haase

Graduate Alumni 1998

Regina Martz

Graduate Alumni 1997

Kirby Richards

Graduate Alumni 1997

Hans Gabriel

Graduate Alumni 1995

Kai Hammermeister

Graduate Alumni 1995

Jefferson Chase

Graduate Alumni 1994

Janet Lungstrum

Graduate Alumni 1993

Sylvia Schmitz-Burgard

Graduate Alumni 1991

Peter Burgard

Graduate Alumni 1988

Selma Erdogdu-Volmerich

Graduate Alumni 2012
se5z@virginia.edu

Selma studied American Studies, comparative literature, and English at Bochum University, Germany. After graduating with an MA majoring in American Studies in 2001, Selma joined the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina, from which she received her MA in German Studies in 2005. Selma has been a graduate student at the UVa German Department since the fall of 2005. In May 2007, she passed her PhD qualifying exams. Currently, she is participating in an exchange with the American Studies Department of Dortmund University, Germany, where she works on her dissertation, and teaches an undergraduate class on cross-cultural literature. In her dissertation, Selma explores the role of travel as a metaphor in cross-cultural contemporary German and US-American literature. Selma's research interests include:  18th Century German literature, Lessing, Fin de Siècle, America in the German imagination, WWII in German film, German Orientalism, postcolonial theory, German identity formation, and contemporary cross-cultural literature.

Gabriel Cooper

Graduate Alumni 2013
gsc8r@virginia.edu

Gerrit Roessler

Graduate Alumni 2013
gkr5f@virginia.edu

 

Gerrit passed his PhD qualifying exams in October 2010 and is currently working on his dissertation on science fiction radio play. In the spring of 2010 he received the Graduate Certificate in Comparative Literature for which he compared concepts of myth, fiction and reality in Star Trek and Raumpatrouille Orion. Gerrit first came to UVa as a Graduate Exchange from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 2005/06. He was Max Kade German House Director and taught several courses as TA. After completing his "Erstes Staatsexamen for Upper and Lower Secondary Education" from the University of Dortmund in Music and English, he returned to Virginia as a full time student in German. He received his Masters in the fall of 2008. A chapter for the anthology The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror was published at Ashgate in October 2011 and an article on Battlestar Galactica and the horror of relativism will appear in December at the Buechner Verlag in Darmstadt. Currently he is teaching part-time at the Department of European Languages at Queens College, CUNY. He is also working at the German Academic International Network (GAIN) at the DAAD office in New York City, where he is living with his partner Allison and his hedgehog Ludwig.

www.gerritroessler.com

Ani Tramblian

Graduate Alumni
akt5at@virginia.edu

Ani Tramblian graduated from James Madison University in 2012, with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Secondary Education. Her junior year was spent at the Technische Universität Dortmund, where she was an English teaching assistant and student. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Ani spent one year in Armenia, where she taught German to Armenian university students and worked as a translator and editor. She joined the University of Virginia in fall 2013 and is pursuing her M.A. in German.

Ulrike Wilson

Graduate Alumni 2011

Mihaela Bancila-Pittman

Graduate Alumni 2002

Robert Stone

Graduate Alumni
rls2pc@virginia.edu