Department of German Studies

The Department of German Studies is a vibrant intellectual community with strong ties to the full range of critical inquiry that characterizes the humanities at Brown. It focuses its research and teaching on German-language literature, culture, and critical thought (from German Idealism and Romanticism to the Frankfurt School and beyond), with a comparative and transdisciplinary orientation. It offers both the B.A. and the Ph.D. in German Studies, affording its students – from beginning language learner to advanced doctoral researcher – the opportunity to combine their interests in the literary, cultural, and intellectual production of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with a wide variety of complementary pursuits, including philosophy, aesthetics, history, music, cultural theory, psychoanalysis, and film, among others. The Department encourages this approach through its flexible yet rigorous curriculum; intense research and teaching collaboration with faculty in related Brown departments and partner institutions in Europe; rich and varied course offerings in both German and English; as well as attractive study abroad opportunities in Berlin and Tübingen.




We are very proud of our graduating seniors and wish them a wonderful week of celebrations: 

Leo Brenneman, Tabitha Fiske, David Randl, Allison García (Hons.), Jacob Jamison, and Jordan Rubin-McGregor (Hons.)

Congratulations also to those who have been given fellowships or awards in recognition of their work in German Studies:

  • Jacob Jamison (Fulbright Award to Germany, 2019-20)
  • Allison Garcia (fellowship to begin Ph.D. in German Studies at UC Berkeley in Fall 2019)