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.
Peter C. Pfeiffer, PhD (Department Chair)
University of California, Irvine
Areas of interest: 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, literary history, literary representations of social change.
Dr. Pfeiffer also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
University of Bonn
Areas of interest: Foreign language pedagogy, German business culture, and telecollaboration.
University of Kansas
Areas of interest: Second language acquisition, interlanguage pragmatic development, technology-mediated language pedagogy, foreign language curriculum design, and teacher education.
Dr. Cunningham also serves as the Director of Curriculum.
Areas of interest: 18th and early 19th century literature and culture, performance studies, sound and media, gender studies, and feminist literary history.
Washington University, St. Louis
Areas of interest: Literature and Culture from 1900 to the present with special focus on post-1945 literature, memory studies, space and narrative, and gender studies.
University of Washington
Areas of interest: 20th and 21st century literature and culture, German modernism, film and media studies, Digital Humanities.
Areas of interest: Foreign language curriculum design, second language acquisition, advanced foreign language learner, second language writing, discourse analysis.
Dr. Ryshina-Pankova also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.
University of Washington
Areas of interest: Cultural theory, queer and feminist theory, theater and performance, post-1945 German culture.
Areas of interest: 18th and 19th century literature, gender and genre, and business culture.
Heidi Byrnes, PhD (Emerita)
Areas of interest: Applied linguistics, second language acquisition and pedagogy, advanced second language literacy, curriculum development.
Stefan R. Fink, PhD (Emeritus)
Areas of interest: Research focused on the connectivity between theoretical and applied linguistic approaches and language acquisition and teaching.
Kurt R. Jankowsky, PhD (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 PhD program in German he mentored about 20 theses specializing on linguistic aspects.
G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., PhD (Emeritus)
Areas of interest: Early Medieval period, Romanticism, Classicism, early 20th century literature, religion and literature.
Alfred Obernberger, PhD (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.