German Faculty
Corina L. Petrescu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of German
Dr. Petrescu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006). Her teaching and research interest include secret police files as life writing; Yiddish theater in Eastern Europe; transcultural literature; National Socialist Germany; representations of 1968 in the German and Romanian imaginary. She is currently a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation working on a cultural history of the Jewish State Theater in Bucharest.
Dylan Goldblatt, Ph.D.
Instructional Assistant Professor of German
Dr. Goldblatt earned his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures with a graduate certificate in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia in 2014. He instructs German at all levels, including German conversation and composition, textual analysis, literary history, and film theory. His research interests include German cinema, lyric poetry, Arthurian Romance, and law in literature. His current research investigates the effectiveness of novel techniques for teaching foreign languages.
Kai Wash, M.A.
Instructor of German
Mr. Wash grew up in Marburg, Germany where he attended school and later received his Master's degree in Educational Science from the Philipps-Universität Marburg. His areas of study and research include language acquisition for children with migration background, and educational empowerment of students with non-heteronormative identities. He taught primary language acquisition to German native and non-native children for over eight years. Now a permanent resident of the United States, he instructs introductory levels of German and shares his culture as an advisor to the German Club.
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Associated Faculty
Tracy Case Koslowski
Associate Director of Recruitment & Development, Lecturer
Ms. Koslowski teaches courses in German through iStudy and in ESL through the Intensive English Program. In the iStudy program, she instructs asynchronous courses in elementary and intermediate German (GERM 101, 102, 201, and 202).
Marc H. Lerner
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Lerner teaches courses on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Age of Revolution and Nationalism. His research interests are focused on revolutionary Europe in comparative perspective, republicanism and the shift to a modern political world.
Alice H. Cooper
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Cooper teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative politics, western European politics, post-war German politics, social movements in Europe, and the political economy of northern Europe. Her research interests include German politics, European social movements, and Northern European political economy.
Chris Sapp
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Dr. Sapp teaches graduate courses in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, as well as undergraduate courses in the History of the German Language. His research interests include diachronic morphology and syntax, German linguistics, medieval Germanic languages, and the acquisition of syntax and morphology.
Amanda Johnston
Associate Professor of Music
Prof. Johnston serves as Music Director/Vocal Coach for the Opera Theatre. She teaches advanced diction. and provides comprehensive training for singer-actors. She authored "English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach," and her research expertise includes comparative diction and lesser-known composers of German lied.
Frances Kneupper
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Kneupper is a religious and cultural historian of the Late Middle Ages. She teaches the History of Europe to 1648, the Middle Ages, and the European Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Her research focuses on heresy, prophecy, and religious dissent in the Holy Roman Empire.
Jeffrey R. Watt
Professor of History
Dr. Watt teaches lecture courses on the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the age of Absolutism and Enlightenment and seminars on women and the family in medieval and early modern Europe, historiography of European history to 1815, early modern social history, and witchcraft.
Louise Arizzoli
Instructional Assistant Professor of Art History
Dr. Arizzoli teaches undergraduate courses in the History of Western Art, including the influence of German artists. Her research expertise includes the history of collections in France and in America, and European art of the 19th century, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.
Master's Students
Teaching and Research Assistants in German
Sarah Jackson
Sarah earned her B.A. in Political Science with minors in Music and German at the University of Mississippi in 2017. As an undergraduate, she studied German language and linguistics in Berlin in 2015, and later in 2016 at Humboldt University. As a Master's candidate in Applied Linguistics with a subfield in German, Sarah has studied abroad at the Alpen-Adria Universität in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria. Her research focuses on frequency testing in the German courses that she teaches.
Joshua Smith
Joshua earned his Bachelor's Degrees in English Liberal Arts and German as a Foreign Language while attending Francis Marion University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in the German program. His studies have included tracing the diachronic development of modern West Germanic languages from their Proto-Indo-European roots to their modern forms. He plans to teach German at the high school level after his studies.
Peter Ogunniran, M.A. '17
Peter earned his B.A. in European Studies (German) in 2012 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. At the University of Mississippi, Peter specialized in German language pedagogy and contemporary literature. In 2016, Peter studied abroad at the University of Potsdam. Currently, Peter teaches and researches as a doctoral candidate in German and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington in St. Louis.
Emily Krauter, M.A. '16
Emily earned her B.A. at Indiana University with a triple major in Germanic Studies, Theatre & Drama, and Communication & Culture. Afterwards, she taught as Fulbright Scholar in at the Jakob-Grimm-Schule in Rotenburg an der Fulda, Hesse. At the University of Mississippi, she specialized in German language pedagogy and minority dialects. Currently, Emily is a doctoral candidate in Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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