Faculty and Staff

For general questions about the German program, please contact Dr. Kathryn Sederberg.


Michael Powers

Michael Powers

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Ph.D., Brown University
B.A., New College of Florida

Phone:

269.337.7051

Email:

michael.powers@kzoo.edu

Office:

211B Dewing Hall

Website

Courses

First Year Seminar – The Art of Play

Sophomore Seminar: Marx and the Arts

German 200 – Myth of a Nation: German Film (Taught in English)

German 102 – Beginning German II: The German-Speaking World

German 203 – Was ist Deutsch?

German 301 – German Legends & Tales

German 420 – Introduction to German Cinema

German 490/430 – Green Germany: Past, Present, Future

Publications

“Red Fairy Tales and Non-Anthropocentric Solidarity: Hermynia Zur Mühlen, Ernst Bloch, and Siegfried Kracauer, in The German Quarterly, Spring 2021.

“Between Speaking and Listening: Jean Paul’s Wordplay,” in Play in the Age of Goethe: Theories, Narratives, and Practices of Play Around 1800. Series: New Studies in the Age of Goethe. Eds. Edgar Landgraf and Elliott Schreiber. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2020, pp. 213-235.

“Atmospheric Color and the Phenomenological Gaze: Goethe and Merleau-Ponty” Pacific Coast Philology 54.2, Special Issue: “Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision.” (Nov. 2019): 298-321.

“The Smallest Remainder: Benjamin and Freud on Play,” MLN 133.3 (April 2018): 720-742.

“Wolkenwandelbarkeit: Benjamin, Stieglitz and the Medium of Photography,” The German Quarterly 83.3 (Summer 2015): 271-290.


Kathryn Sederberg

Kathryn Sederberg

Assistant Professor of German
Co-Chair of German Studies Department

Ph.D., University of Michigan 
B.A., St. Olaf College

Phone:

269.337.7587

Email:

kathryn.sederberg@kzoo.edu

Office:

Olds Upton 110

Courses

First Year Seminar – Memories, Secrets, and Lies: Writing the Self

German 101 – Beginning German I: The Personal World

German 102 – Beginning German II: The German-Speaking World

German 201 – Intermediate German: Multicultural Germany

German 204 – Advanced Intermediate German: Babylon Berlin: War, Society, Culture 1914-1933

German 301 – Advanced Intermediate German: Coming-of-Age in Germany

German 470 – Contemporary German Culture: Mutbürger und Wutbürger

Publications

“Teaching Babylon Berlin: Language and Culture Through A Hit TV Series,” Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German 54(2), accepted, forthcoming Fall 2021.

“Seeking Language, Writing Home: German Exile Diaries 1933-1945” in Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire /Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis. Accepted, forthcoming 2021.

“Rethinking Rubble Literature: Hans Erich Nossack, Arno Schmidt, Wolfgang Koeppen, and the Diary as a Rubble Form.” German Studies Review 43(2), 2020, 291-309.

“Reconstructing the Self and the City: Wolfgang Koeppen’s Rubble Film Bei Betty (1946–1948)”.  The German Quarterly, 93(1), Winter 2020, 37-55.

“Writing Through Crisis: Time, History, Futurity in German Diaries of the Second World War.” Biography, 40(2), Spring 2017, 323-341.

“The First World War in the Literacy-Focused Classroom: Teaching German through Cultural Themes.” Co-authored with Jennifer Redmann. Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German, 50(1), Spring 2017, 45-66.

“‘Als wäre es ein Brief an dich’: Das Brieftagebuch, 1943-1946.” In: Selbstreflexionen und Weltdeutungen: Tagebücher in der Geschichte und der Geschichtsschreibung des 20. Jahrhunderts. Rüdiger Graf and Janosch Steuwer, editors. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2015.

“Deutschland als Schiffbruch: Der ‘Robinson’-Topos in deutschen Tagebüchern, 1943-1946.” Studia Germanica Posnaniensia XXXIV (2013), 41-55. Special issue: “Narrationen der Übergänge: Geschichten von Ende und Anfang in der deutschsprachigen Literatur vom Ende des 19. bis zum Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts.”

“Bringing the Museum into the Classroom, and the Class into the Museum: An Approach for Content-Based Instruction.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 46(2), Fall 2013, 251-262.


Petra Watzke

Petra Watzke

Assistant Professor of German

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
Zwischenprüfung (equivalent of BA) Universität Regensburg

Phone:

Email:

Petra.Watzke@kzoo.edu

Office:

Olds Upton 110

Courses

Sophomore Seminar: Cold War Kids

German 101: Beginning German I

German 102: Beginning German II

German 301: Intro to German Cultural Studies

Publications

“Disrupting the Norm: Disability, Access, and Inclusion in the German Language Classroom.” Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies. Regine Criser and Ervin Malakaj., editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 233-250.

“Friendship and Networking: The Writing Circle of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Ida von Fleischl-Marxow, and Betty Paoli.” Market Strategies: German Literature and Publication Cultures in the Long Nineteenth Century. Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj, editors. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020, 307-332.

“Objects and Objectification: Women and Technology in Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach’s Lotti, die Uhrmacherin and ‘Ein Original.’” Feminist German Studies, 34, 2018, 49-74.

“Out of Order: A Personal Perspective on Academic Ableism.” Feminist German Studies, vol. 34, 2018, Special Online Section.

“The GDR’s Imaginary Indians: Liselotte Welskopf’s Henrich’s Harka Cycle and its DEFA Adaptation Die Söhne der Großen Bärin.” Sophie Discovers Amerika: German Speaking Women Writers and the New World. Rob McFarland and Michelle Stott James, editors. Rochester: Camden House, 2014, 230-39.


Max Cherem

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Co-Chair of German Studies Department

Phone:

269.337.7077

Email:

mcherem@kzoo.edu

Office:

Humphrey House S202


Kristen Eldred

Office Coordinator of German Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics

BS, Secondary Education Mathematics, Western Michigan University, 1996

MA, Educational Leadership,  Western Michigan University, 2002

Phone:

269.337.7100

Email:

Kristen.Eldred@kzoo.edu

Office:

203 Olds Upton Hall


Emeriti Faculty

Hardy O. Fuchs

Hardy Fuchs

Professor of German, Emeritus; B.A. Kalamazoo College, University of Bonn; M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. Michigan State University

Joe K. Fugate

Joe Fugate

Professor of German and Director of Foreign Study, Emeritus; B.A. Southern Illinois University; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University

Margo R. Light

Margo Light

Professor of German, Emerita; B.A. Hope College; M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. University of Michigan