I am Associate Professor of German in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. Prior to joining the department, I was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow and taught both undergrad and graduate courses in the Department of German at the Universität Stuttgart. I have also taught German language, literature, and culture at Middlebury College’s Summer German School. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a focus on German literature and culture from 1750 to the present. In addition to courses in German linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, I completed a Ph.D. minor in French literature. During my graduate studies, I spent a year in Berlin as a Fulbright research fellow and a year in France teaching English.