Alumni Profile

Gerrit Roessler

Graduate Alumni 2013


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.