After earning a B.A. in music, linguistics, and German from Dartmouth College, Christopher Schnader worked in the US and Germany in the fields of education, international exchange, and cultural programming while pursuing graduate studies in Cologne and Berlin that eventually led to a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on Schiller and the aesthetics of friendship, and an article on Celan and the Gruppe 47 based on interviews he conducted with Walter and Inge Jens appears in the current issue of the Celan-Jahrbuch. Chris has given various talks at academic conferences, presented at workshops on pedagogy, and translated for German textbooks. He maintains close ties to contemporary German culture, media, and politics through extended stays abroad.