German Department faculty combine research strengths in 18th-21st century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, and Second Language Acquisition with a high level of dedication to teaching and advising. All German Department faculty teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs, from first-year instruction to graduate courses in their areas of specialty, and participate in the education of graduate students as teachers.
Washington University, St. Louis
Areas of interest: Literature and Culture from 1900 to the present w. special focus on post-1945 literature, memory studies, space and narrative, gender studies
(On leave Spring 2017)
University of Bonn
Areas of Interest: Foreign Language Pedagogy, Business Culture, Telecollaboration
University of Kansas
Areas of interest: Second language acquisition, interlanguage pragmatic development, technology-mediated language pedagogy, foreign language curriculum design, teacher education.
Acting Director of Curriculum, Spring 2017.
Areas of Interest: 18th and early 19th century literature and culture, performance studies, sound and media, gender studies, feminist literary history.
Areas of interest: Early Medieval period, Romanticism, Classicism, early 20th century literature, religion and literature.
Peter C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (Acting Department Chair, S 2017)
University of California, Irvine
Areas of interest: Nineteenth and 20th century German and Austrian literature, literary history, literary representations of social change.
Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Spring 2017.
Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spring 2017.
Areas of Interest: Foreign language curriculum design, second language acquisition, advanced foreign language learner, second language writing, discourse analysis.
(On leave Spring 2017)
University of Washington
Areas of interest: Cultural theory, queer and feminist theory, theater and performance, post-1945 German culture.
(On leave Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
Areas of interest: Eighteenth and 19th century literature, gender and genre, business culture.
Heidi Byrnes, Ph.D. (Emerita)
Areas of interest: Applied linguistics, second language acquisition and pedagogy, advanced second language literacy, curriculum development.
Stefan R. Fink, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
Areas of interest: Research focused on the connectivity between theoretical and applied linguistic approaches and language acquisition and teaching.
Kurt R. Jankowsky, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
University of Münster
Areas of interest: His principal research interest has remained the field of Germanic linguistics, specifically the numerous dimensions of the history of language, which resulted in eight book publications and approximately 100 journal articles. He has also taught, done research, and published on matters involving semantic theory, for instance, the interrelation of language and thought. Since the introduction of the Ph. D. program in German he mentored about 20 theses specializing on linguistic aspects.
Alfred Obernberger, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
Students of German, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, also benefit from Georgetown professors in a range of other disciplines who have research expertise pertaining to "things German" (incl. history, literature, art history, philosophy, political science) or in Applied Linguistics.