Graduate Students


BENJAMIN BRAND studied German, English, Politics and Journalism at the Saint Mary's University Halifax (CA) and the University of Dortmund, where he received his M.A. in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies. Benjamin is interested in "writing" understood as the now of literary production and the material as well as the immaterial resistances that have to be overcome in the emergence of a (literary) text.


ERIC FOSTER received a B.A. in Germanics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2005, a B.A. in Linguistics from Western Washington University in 2007 and an M.A. in German Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2009. Eric's academic interests include 18th century German aesthetics (including Winckelmann, Baumgarten, Meier, Lessing, and Herder), religious studies, hermeneutics, anthropology, and the philosophy of language (specifically works by Herder, Hamann, and Wilhelm von Humboldt).

STEPHANIE GALASSO graduated from the University of California at Davis in June 2012 with degrees in German and English Literature. During her time at Brown, she hopes to explore and hone her interests in critical theory, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis-- particularly as they pertain to memory and trauma in the Romantic and post-Romantic German canon.

REBECCA HAUBRICH received an M.A. in Comparative Literature and German Studies from the Goethe University of Frankfurt (Main) in 2011. In her thesis Verwobene Formen. Zu den Metamorphosen der Sprache she focuses on the structural metamorphoses of poetic language from Ovid's artist-myths and their lyrical transformations from the nineteenth and twentieth century. She is currently working on the myth of the journey into the underworld (including Homer, Joyce and Hans Erich Nossack) and its relation to philology (including Plato, Nietzsche and Werner Hamacher). Before coming to Brown, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at Yale University (2012/13).

DENNIS JOHANNSSEN received his M.A. in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany with a thesis on Walter Benjamin's anthropological materialism. His research interests include German Idealism, Western Marxism, philosophical anthropology, and the political imaginary in the literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

SILJA MAEHL received her M.A. in German Literature and Philosophy from Humboldt-Universität Berlin and in Journalism from Freie Universität Berlin. She is a PhD candidate currently working on her dissertation in which she examines the role of (self)translation and the bilingual writing practice of two contemporary authors, Yoko Tawada and Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt.

 


MICHAEL POWERS is a Ph.D. candidate and currently working on his dissertation project, which investigates moments and practices of visual dis-figuration in the writings of Walter Benjamin. His interest in the relation between Benjamin's visual aesthetics and that of writers such as Kant, Kleist, Marx and Kafka, derives from a larger interest in the history of aesthetics in modernity.

 


SARAH SCHEIBENBERGER studied in Freiburg i. Br., Rome and Bologna and received her M.A. in German Literature, Philosophy and Latin Philology from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She is currently working on her PhD project about Walter Benjamin’s essayistic forms of writing at the University of Leipzig. As a Visiting Research Fellow she spends Fall 2014 at Brown’s German Department (with a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). http://www.textologie.eu/Profil--Scheibenberger.html

SASCHA WOLTERS  joined the Ph.D. program in German Studies at Brown in Fall 2014. He holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the Freie Universität Berlin.

LINDSAY ZACKEROFF received her B.A. from New York University in Comparative Literature and German. Her research focuses on German and French Modernisms through a constellation of disciplines: literature, art history and theory, human and natural sciences, political economy, and media studies.

Graduate Students from Other Departments

There are many other graduate students at Brown working towards Ph.D.s in other field but who are active in our department through their participation in seminars, workshops, and colloquia.

NATALIE ADLER (Comparative Literature)
Natalie received her B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. Before coming to Brown, she was an English teacher at a primary school in Besançon, France. She studies modernism and psychoanalysis.

FILIP ANI (Comparative Literature)
BA in History and Spanish Language and Literature; MA in History (U. Alberta). Filip works on a diverse range of topics ranging from W. Benjamin's aesthetics of history to W. Shakespeare's relationship to philosophy. He also has particular interests in P. Celan, P.B. Shelly, H. Heine. H. von Kleist, H. Melville, Aeschylus, Aristophanes and Horace. In addition, Filip has worked on the Brown University Petra Archeological Project (BUPAP) in Jordan.

PETER KIM (English)
Peter holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. He is interested in the relations between literature and philosophy with regards to critical theory and 19th-Century British literature. Specific interests include Frankfurt School aesthetics, the Victorian political novel, and theories of English and German Romanticism.

NATALIE LOZINSKI-VEACH (Comparative Literature)
Natalie holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish and a B.A. in German, both from SUNY New Paltz. She is interested in animality, posthumanism, feminism, theories of embodiment, reciprocity and liminality and their relationship to textual bodies and language. She works on 20th and 21st century literature, with a focus on German and Polish socialist and post-socialist works.

ADAM J SACKS (History)
Adam holds an M.A. from Brown University, a Masters of Science from the City College of the City University of New York, and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University. In 2011, he was the Cahnmann Foundation Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York and was awarded the dissertation Grant of the Central European History Society. He is serving as a fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in 2012 while also a Guest Researcher at the new Reseach Center for Exile Culture at the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin.

IAN SAMPSON (English)
Ian is a doctoral student in the English department, studying Romantic poetry and posthumanist theory. He holds degrees in English and creative writing from the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University, where he wrote an MA thesis about the American sinologist Ernest Fenollosa and his influence on Ezra Pound. Since coming to Brown in 2011, he has also become a clandestine Germanist, reading Hölderlin and Heidegger alongside Wordsworth and Whitehead – a side-effect, no doubt, of regularly summering with family in Köln. Beyond Romanticism, his interests include media theory, psychoanalysis, and the avant-garde.

JONATHAN SOZEK (Religion and Critical Thought)
Jon received a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 and an M.A. (honours) in religious studies at McGill University in 2006. After working for several years in secondary education, Jon moved to Belgium to complete a second B.A. (2009) and M.A. (2010) in philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His ongoing reserarch interests include the conceptual histories of 'religion' and 'the secular' and of their relation, modern theories of myth and the politics of mythmaking, political theology, and critical theory.

SETH THORN (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments)
Seth studied philosophy, critical theory and viola performance at Northwestern and completed an M.A. in political theory at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In addition to his doctoral pursuits in Brown's Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (aka "MEME") program, Seth has special emphasis on the study of German philosophy and the philosophy of music and sound where it appears in that tradition and is working towards an M.A. in German Studies.

GEOFFREY WILDANGER (Comparative Literature)
Geoffrey Wildanger works at the confluence of art history, literary history, and critical theory. Prior to beginning his PhD at Brown, he received a Master's at the University of California, Davis, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. He recently published the article "Catastrophic Affects" in the British journal Transmission Annual.