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.



Starting in Fall 2020, Rebecca Haubrich (Ph.D. '18) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and Dennis Johannβen (Ph.D. '17) will join the faculty of Lafayette College as Assistant Professor of German. Congratulations to Rebecca and Dennis!

Kristina Mendicino has been awarded a Pembroke Faculty Fellowship for Fall 2020. She will taking part in the Pembroke Research Seminar "Narrating Debt," led by Peter Szendy (David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature).

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