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.


CONGRATULATIONS to our graduating seniors: Rachel Ann, Ethan Franzblau, and Finn Jenkins! 


Emma Schneider ('22) received two UTRA awards to work with Kristina Mendicino this year: one in Summer 2020 to assist with the research project "Passive Voices (On the Subject of Phenomenology, and Other Figures of Speech)" and one in Fall 2021 to help develop a new class called "Prague Circles." Congratulations to Emma and Kristina on the awards! If you are an undergraduate interested in working with our faculty on research and curricular development projects, please come talk to us. More information can also be found here about the new BrownConnect Summer and Semester Projects for Research, Internships, Teaching (SPRINT) Awards. Check out our upcoming 2021-22 course listings for more information about "Prague Circles"! 

Congratulations to our colleague in History, Benjamin Hein, who received a 2021 Salomon Faculty Research Award for his project, "The Migrant's Spirit: Industrial Revolution in the German Lands." The Salomon Award  is given out annually to support exceptional faculty research projects. You can read more about the project here

Three more new faculty publications have appeared since Summer 2020! Congratulations to Marc Redfield, Thomas Schestag, and Zachary Sng - more details available on our News page.