People

Faculty

Karen Remmler

Chair of German Studies Department; Professor of German Studies

Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and cultures of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and transnational contexts; German literature, film, and sites of memory within transnational contexts; 19th century critical social thought through the lens of contemporary social critics; and the interrelationship between national processes of transitional justice and the work of memory in films by the descendants of genocide survivors and perpetrators in non-western contexts.

Karen Remmler

Nora Gortcheva

Visiting Lecturer in German Studies

Nora Gortcheva teaches classes in German, Film, and Architectural Studies. In her work she investigates questions of medial geography and social experience – German cinema, architecture, and modernity; the essay film; mobility and migration in German, European and World Cinema; and most recently German installation and digital art. Nora holds a Joint Ph.D. in German and Film and Media Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in German and Architectural Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

Nora Gortcheva

Mark Lauer

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Mark Lauer

Donna Van Handle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies; Dean of International Students

Donna Van Handle is Senior Lecturer in German Studies and Dean of International Students.  Her specialities include cross-cultural education and learning, second language acquisition, and the use of technology in language teaching and research.  In her role as dean she offers programming and support for international students and coordinates activities that celebrate international diversity.  Her goal is to help international students learn about other cultures with differing viewpoints, perspectives and belief systems so that they can engage with their new community in a respectful way.

Donna Van Handle

Staff

Dominique Rampton

Academic Department Coordinator

Dominique Rampton is the Academic Department Coordinator for German Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has a background in museum and environmental education and the archaeology of the western United States, and enjoys raising her children and keeping chickens, dogs, and a vegetable garden at her home in the Hilltowns.

Dominique Rampton