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I am Associate Professor of German in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures and Affiliate Faculty in the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel 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.