People

Faculty

Karen Remmler

Professor and Chair of German Studies, Professor of Gender Studies, Professor of Critical Social Thought

Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and culture of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and Asian 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.

Professor Remmler in the CIruti Courtyard

Nora Gortcheva

Visiting Lecturer 2016-17

Nora Gortcheva (MHC Class ’03) is a scholar of German and Film Studies who investigates questions of social experience and medial geography. Her first project discusses cinema’s role in the project of urban modernity, analyzing Berlin’s movie theaters and city films between 1895-1929. Her second project addresses issues of identity in contemporary German and European cinema with a focus on mobility and migration. Nora has taught broadly across disciplines such as German, Architectural Studies, Cinema, and Global Media.

Mark Lauer

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Mark Lauer

Donna Van Handle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies Dean of International Students
Donna Van Handle

Staff

Dominique Rampton

Department Coordinator, German and Russian and Eurasian Studies

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.

Emeriti

Gabriele Wittig Davis

Professor Emerita of German Studies

Gabriele Wittig Davis, retired in 2016,  taught courses in both German and English, in German area studies as well as European and film studies. Furthermore, her long-standing investigations into Romanticism and gender role redefinitions as well as her studies into concepts of race and ethnicity from the late 18th-century to the present contributed to offerings on gender and migration studies.