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Faculty & Staff

German Studies Faculty

Michael Burri

Lecturer - Part Time

Modern Languages

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Karolina Hicke

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Languages & Literatures-German

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  1. Phone: (610) 328-8168
  2. Kohlberg Hall 303

Karolina Hicke is a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Swarthmore College. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth and twenty-first century German literature and culture, with an emphasis on questions of migration and minority discourses as well as memory and gender. She received her Ph.D. in 2023 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a thesis on the Intersections of Migration, Memory, and Gender in Contemporary Jewish Writing in Germany. She is currently working on a book project that investigates ways in which authors from minoritized communities ally and collaborate across a variety of genres ranging from writing tandems, edited volumes, and activist projects to the repertoire of the Berlin Gorki Theater.

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Sunka Simon

Professor

Department Chair, Film & Media Studies

Modern Languages & Literatures-German

Film & Media Studies

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-7354
  2. Kohlberg Hall 312
  3. Office Hours:

    Mondays 3:00pm-4:00pm and by appt.

Sunka Simon is the author of German Crime Dramas from Network Television to Netflix (2023) and Mail-Orders: The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture (2002), co-editor of Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities (2015) and numerous articles on German literature, film, television, and popular music.

 

Hansjakob Werlen

Professor

Section Head, German Studies

Modern Languages & Literatures-German

Contact

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

German Studies Administrative Staff

Bethanne Seufert

Administrative Assistant II

Modern Languages & Literatures

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8679
  2. Kohlberg Hall 316