People

Faculty

Karen Remmler

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

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

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

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

Anca Luca Holden

Visiting Lecturer in German Studies

Anca Luca Holden was born in Siebenbürgen, one of the German-populated regions of Romania, where she was educated in several German schools. She specializes in the works of Herta Müller, the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Literature; ethnic German authors from Romania and Eastern European, German-language authors of migration background, 20th- and 21st-century German-language literature, theories of cultural identity, (im)migration, and post memory. Her research interests also include the relation between ideology and literature; the intersection of literature, art, and environmental studies.

Anca Holden

Mark Lauer

Senior Lecturer in German Studies, on leave F16/S17
Mark Lauer

Madalina Meirosu

Visiting Instructor in German

Madalina Meirosu is a scholar of German and Comparative literature who specializes in nineteenth-century political and social thought in German and British literature.  She also has expertise in German literature in global contexts; Migrantenliteratur; the Medical Humanities in German cultural contexts; Women and Gender Studies; and comparative approaches to German cultural studies.  She has taught a wide range of classes in German, in the Medical Humanities, English, and Comparative Literature. 

Madalina

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