Tessa Wegener received her Ph.D. in German Studies at Georgetown University (2012), after having completed an M.A. at the University of Kentucky (2006) and undergraduate studies at Bethany College. Her dissertation entitled "Women Re-defining the 'Orientreise': Memory, Nostalgia and the Problem of Multiculturalism in Austrian Travel Texts and Film" explores representations of Egypt in the works of Ingeborg Bachmann, Ruth Beckermann and Barbara Frischmuth. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to research and write her dissertation in Vienna, Austria. She has presented at numerous national conferences and is currently revising her dissertation for publication.
At Swarthmore College, she teaches intensive beginner and intermediate German, an advanced course on representations of youth in German literature and film, as well as a first year seminar on travel writing. During the Spring 2014 semester, she is teaching a course on Turkish-German literature and film.
In addition to teaching at Swarthmore, Professor Wegener is also the Associate Director of the Middlebury German Language School.