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.

 BRUNO DUARTE is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of German Studies at Brown. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, he specializes in German literature and philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, translation studies, and the relation between image and writing. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Hölderlin and Sophocles under the direction of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and has published on Hölderlin, Friedrich Schlegel, Büchner, and other German thinkers and writers.

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).

FABIANA HEINRICH  is a visiting scholar in the Department of German Studies at Brown, conducting doctoral research at the intersection of aesthetics, critical theory, and design. She came through a fellowship from the Brown-in-Brazil program. Her home institution is PUC-Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), where she is pursuing her Ph.D

ENDRE HOLECZY is a visiting graduate student teaching assistant from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies from the University of Tübingen as well as a degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig. He is a member of the Graduate Program in Literary and Cultural Theory at Tübingen, with an emphasis on narratology, theory of fiction, rhetoric, and literature from the 18th to the 21st century.

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.

DANIEL LANGE received his degrees in Comparative Literature, International Women's and Gender History (both 2015), and Romance Studies (2013) from the University of Vienna. He has a particular interest in post-war German and Austrian literature (Aichinger, Mayröcker, Kling), translation and etmology, as well as their cultural implications.

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.


CHRISTIAN OBST studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, completing his studies with an M.A. thesis exploring the implied theory and politics of metaphor in the writings of Karl Marx. The authors who have informed his research are Hegel, Adorno, Derrida, Blanchot, and Benjamin, along with Musil. Obst, who also spent a year as a visiting scholar at Yale’s German Department, is interested in the ways in which various kinds of texts (literary, philosophical, theological, and essayistic) can be investigated in the medium of their literariness. He is preparing a project that examines the problematic nexus of coinage and characteristic marks in Benjamin and the Book of Esther.

MICHAEL PANINSKI will commence the German Studies Ph.D. program at Brown in Fall 2016.

MIRJAM PANINSKI will commence the German Studies Ph.D. program at Brown in Fall 2016.

MIRIAM RAINER received her B.A. in American Studies with a minor in German Studies from the University of Hamburg in 2010 and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna in 2014. In her M.A. thesis Zögern / Hesitate, she traces the movement of translating and its manifestation in theoretical and literary texts (Walter Benjamin, Paul Celan, Peter Waterhouse, Rosmarie Waldrop). She is co-founder of the collaborative translation project VERSATORIUM. Her research interests include the affiliation between the theory and practice of literary translation, language philosophy, philology, and critical theory.

JAN TABOR will commence the German Studies Ph.D. program at Brown in Fall 2016.

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.

BA in History and Spanish Language and Literature; MA in History (U. Alberta). Filip works on modern war, genocide, interethnic communal massacre, and the Holocaust in the Department of History. Filip has an MA in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where he worked on representations of modern violence in the poetry and literature of the European tradition.

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 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.