Graduate Profile

Kerstin Steitz

Graduate, 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."