Graduate Profile

Kevin Boyd


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


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.

Noah Dylan Goldblatt

Graduate, Graduate Alumni 2014


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, the central resource for German events hosted at the University of Virginia.

Matthew Lockaby


Matt graduated with a bachelors in German from Vanderbilt University.

Danielle Pisechko



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.


Kathryn Schroeder



Kathryn Schroeder is in her third year in the German studies program at UVa and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. She passed her Masters exam in the fall of 2012 and plans to take her qualifying exams in the Spring of 2014. Before coming to UVA, Kathryn resided in Austria for four years, where she first worked as a Fulbright language assistant and later studied at the University of Vienna. She has her B.A. in English Language and Literature and German Studies from Gilford College in Greensboro, NC. Her current research interests are Austrian literature, multilingualism in literature, and gender studies.

Kerstin Steitz

Graduate, Graduate Alumni 2014

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."

Geraldine Suter


Geraldine, a native of Germany, after studying at Philipps-Universität in Marburg, graduated from Bridgewater College in 2006 and from James Madison University in 2008. She has taught Freshman Composition and German for four years at James Madison University, and has just begun her graduate work at UVa.

Charles Taggart

Graduate 2014


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



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


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.

Ani Tramblian


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.

Frank Hall


Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Frank Hall was a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship recipient in 2002. Frank received his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in Modern Foreign Language with a focus on German in 2006. During his junior year he studied at Universität Heidelberg, where he also worked as a teaching assistant at the Internationale Gesamtschule Heidelberg. After JMU he continued his passion for exchange programs working at the Council on International Educational Exchange in Portland, Maine. There he administered four State Department sponsored scholarship exchange programs, including the CBYX program for inbound German high school students. Frank joined the department in the fall of 2013 and is pursuing his Master of Arts.