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Faculty & Staff

German Studies Faculty

Madalina Meirosu

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Languages & Literatures

Gender & Sexuality Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6491
  2. Parrish 209
  3. Office Hours:

    Online: T/W/R/F 11:30am-12:30pm

Madalina Meirosu specializes in comparative approaches to nineteenth-century political and social thought in German literature.  She also has expertise in contemporary migration literature, the Medical Humanities, and Women and Gender Studies.  Her current research project explores the political undertones of nineteenth-century literature featuring artificial humanoids.

Christopher Schnader

Senior Lecturer

German Studies


  1. Phone: x8168
  2. Kohlberg 303

Christopher Schnader's research has focused on the 18th and 20th centuries, with a dissertation on Schiller and the aesthetics of friendship, and a recent article on Celan and the Gruppe 47. A broad interest in German Studies, music, and pedagogy informs his teaching, as well as strong ties to contemporary German culture.

Sunka Simon


Chair, Film & Media Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7354
  2. Kohlberg 312

Sunka Simon's research focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and place in postwar German popular culture. She is the author of the book Mail-Orders: The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture (2002) and eighteen scholarly articles on German literature, film and popular German culture. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Euro-Eyes: Regionalism and Globalization in German TV Formats.

Professor Sunka Simon

Hansjakob Werlen

Professor, German Studies Coordinator

German Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8612
  2. Kohlberg 307

Hansjakob Werlen's research interests are late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German literature and contemporary literature of German speaking countries, with a special focus on Switzerland. A member of the Tri-college Food Studies group, he also teaches courses on issues of taste and aesthetics.

Hansjakob Werlen

Administrative Staff

Jessica Bawgus


Modern Languages & Literatures


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8143
  2. Kohlberg 316