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adam gacs

DEGREE: M.A., University of Tennessee, M.A., University of Szeged, Hungary

POSITION: Instructor of German and Online/Blended Learning Technology Specialist (CeLTA)

RESEARCH INTERESTS: language teaching, blended & online language learning, instructional technology support

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-480 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 884-6317


Adam Gacs is currently teaching German language classes at the intermediate/advanced levels at the Department. He has joint appointment with MSU's Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA), where he collaborates with a new cluster of language specialists and other language faculty in developing hybrid and online language courses/activities, while also supporting general technology integration into the language curriculum.

Adam received Masters degrees from the University of Szeged in Hungary and from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Adam is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation project is a corpus-based investigation of discourse particles in spoken language and language textbooks. Adam gained extensive experience working with technology and in language teaching as Head Teaching Assistant, Language Program Coordinator, and as Graduate Assistant at the Instructional Technology Lab.

Adam received grants from the DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, and the AATG during his graduate studies.

Senta Goertler

Senta Goertler

DEGREE: Ph.D., University of Arizona

POSITION: Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German Studies

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Language learning and technology

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-266 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 355-5079


Senta Goertler is an Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German Studies. Her main research interest is in language learning and technology, especially blended and online learning and computer-mediated communication. Additionally she is interested in language learning in a wide variety of contexts such as through service-learning, in study abroad, and in community language classes. In her research she combines questions of second language acquisition and language program administration. For a complete list of publications see her website (

Senta teaches courses on teaching methods (including methods of teaching culture), second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, program administration, and German language courses. The courses are offered in face-to-face, blended, and online formats.

Besides her research and teaching interests, Senta has also been involved in language program administration (e.g., Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik), outreach and engagement (e.g. Community Language School), and service to the profession (e.g. CALICO). During 2013-14, Senta served as Resident Director of the Academic Year in Freiburg program in Freiburg, Germany.


matthew handelman

DEGREE: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

POSITION: Assistant Professor of German, Core Faculty in Digital Humanities

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 19th and 20th-Century German and Austrian Literature and Philosophy, Digital Humanities, Jewish Studies, History of Science

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-263 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 355-5184


Professor Matthew Handelman is Assistant Professor of German and a member of the Core Faculty in the Digital Humanities Specialization at MSU. His research interests include German-Jewish literature and philosophy in the early twentieth century, the intersections of science, mathematics and culture in German-speaking countries, as well as the digital humanities and the history of technology. Matthew has published on these topics in international journals such as Scientia Poetica and The Leo Baeck Yearbook. Currently, he is working on two major projects. The first is a book manuscript that examines the philosophical and aesthetic application of mathematical thinking in the writings of Franz Rosenzweig and Siegfried Kracauer. The second is a collaborative digital project with scholars in Israel and Germany - together they are working to design and build a social edition of Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption.

Matthew received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in German literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. During his graduate work, he was a fellow at the Leo Baeck Institute in London, the DAAD, and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College with a dual major in mathematics and German literature.



DEGREE: Ph.D., Harvard University

POSITION: Associate Professor of German and Global Studies; Affiliated Faculty with the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Peace and Justice Studies Program, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Global, postcolonial, and translation studies; fin-de-siècle Vienna; critical theory; ecocriticism; travel literature, human rights and discourses on solidarity



Professor Kim specializes in cosmopolitical, postcolonial, and translational issues. His research areas include fin-de-siècle Vienna, digital humanities, transnational adoption, human rights, and narratives of solidarity. His articles have been published in German Studies ReviewTRANSIT,Colloquia GermanicaAustrian StudiesModern Austrian Literature, and Focus on German Studies. His first book, titled Parables for World Citizenship, explores the intersection between the postcolonial and the postmodern in the works of Hans Christoph Buch, Michael Krüger, and W.G. Sebald. His second book reexamines the concept of solidarity in the digital age. Both book projects are works in progress. He is also co-editing two volumes—one that is titled The Postcolonial World, the other The Imagination of Human Rights. His digital project draws upon social network analysis to visualize complex interpretive linkages in humanistic inquiries. More information about this work can be found here: The digital prototype is available at

Professor Kim teaches widely across the undergraduate and graduate curricula in German and Global Studies and in the Peace and Justice Program.

Professor Kim received his Ph.D. in German Studies from Harvard University and his A.B. and B.S. in German Studies and Biology from Duke University. He was a participant in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, as well as a fellow of the Modern Language Association International Bibliography, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City. In 2013-14, he was one of the six Lilly Fellows at Michigan State University. In 2014-15, Professor Kim is on leave.

Tom Lovik

Thomas Lovik

DEGREE: Ph.D., UC Berkeley

POSITION: Professor of German

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Germanic linguistics and applied linguistics

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-267 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 355-3809


Thomas Lovik is Professor of German at Michigan State University. He has published in the area of contrastive pragmatics German/English. He is lead author (with J. Douglas Guy and Monika Chavez) of a first-year college German textbook Vorsprung 3rd Ed. (Cengage, 2014). He regularly teaches first-year German, Linguistic Analysis of Modern German, teaching methods for undergraduates and graduate students and graduate courses on the German language. His departmental duties include coordination of the first-year German language program at Michigan State University as well as training German teaching assistants. He is active locally in the AATG-Michigan and the Michigan World Language Association. He is a member of several national organizations – AATG, ACTFL, MLA and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators. He was the editor of Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching Germanfrom 2005-2010. He served as Department Chair from 2010-13.


kathryn mcewen

DEGREE: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 

POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor of German 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 18th to 20th-century German-language literature and culture, critical and feminist theories, visual culture, and the anthropology of the body

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-330 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 355-4762


Katie McEwen's research interests center on 18th- to 20th-century German-language literature and culture, particularly questions of gender and genre, as well as lesser-known works, visual culture, and anthropology of the body. Her co-authored case study on blended learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) is forthcoming in the Journal of Online Learning and Technology. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the female hand, which positions the hand as central both to a gendered reading of the embodied subject, as well as to a more general reconsideration of the cultural body as a space for negotiation. Her next project examines the work of Charlotte Wolff as documenting one version of German-Jewish exile in the 20th century. She is also the co-editor and translator of an upcoming English-language edition of Rahel Levin Varnhagen's correspondence.


Elizabeth Mittman

DEGREE: Ph.D., University of Minnesota

POSITION: Associate Professor of German; affiliated with the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and the Peace and Justice Studies program; Director of Graduate Studies for German

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 20th century and contemporary German literature & culture

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-262 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 355-5170


Liz Mittman's teaching and research interests include East German and postsocialist studies, film and visual culture, autobiography and life writing, memory cultures, and gender studies. She has published articles and review essays inSigns,Seminar,Monatshefte,German Politics and Society, theWomen in German Yearbook, andForeign Language Annals. She is currently completing a book project on gender, voice, and the search for "authenticity" in representations of the German Democratic Republic. An emerging new project explores the relationship between music and cultural memory in post-Holocaust German and American contexts. She has served on the editorial board of theGerman Quarterly and was lead organizer of the Women in German annual national conference, 2009-2011. Liz is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the German program.


vogt    margrit vogt

DEGREE: Dr. phil., Humboldt Universität

POSITION: Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring Semester 2015

RESEARCH INTERESTS: German literature from the 18th century to the present; history of communication; media theory and history, intercultural literary and media studies; image studies

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-261 Wells Hall
PHONE NUMBER: (517)-884-4760


Margrit Vogt is a Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring Semester 2015 at Michigan State University. She comes to MSU from the University of Flensburg (Germany). She received an M.A. in Neuere deutsche Literatur und Philosophie in 2002 from the Humboldt University in Berlin and an M.St. in European Literature with distinction from Oxford in 2003, where she was awarded the Lincoln College Prize for excellence.  She received her PhD. in 2008 from the Humboldt University in Berlin and subsequently published her dissertation – Von Kunstworten und –werten: Zur Entstehung der deutschen Kunstkritik in Periodika der Aufklärung. Her research interests are widespread and include German literature, theory of perception, aesthetics, Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Transfer and Transcultural Studies, Visual Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies and Color Research. Her second book analyzes the changing color perception around 1900 and her third book project, which she is currently working on, looks at Carl Einstein’s ‘translation’ of Black African Art, Songs, and Fairy Tales.




LYNN L. Wolff

     DEGREE: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 

POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor of German

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 18th and 20th century and contemporary German literature and culture; the representation of the Holocaust; text-image studies; theories of world literature and translation

CAMPUS ADDRESS:  B-380 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 353-3269


Lynn L. Wolff’s teaching and research interests encompass modern German-language literature and culture, in particular the relationship between literature and historiography, the representation of the Holocaust, theories of translation, and concepts of world literature. She explored these areas in her book W.G. Sebald’s Hybrid Poetics: Literature as Historiography, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014 [Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies 14] and further developed related questions in the volume Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H.G. Adler and W.G. Sebald, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014, which she co-edited with Helen Finch. Together with Hans Adler she co-edited the volume: Aisthesis und Noesis: Zwei Erkenntnisformen vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, München: Fink, 2013. She has also published articles and review essays in Eurostudia – Revue Transatlantique de Recherche sur l’Europe, Gegenwartsliteratur, Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der Literatur (IASL), Journal of European Studies, and Monatshefte. Prior to joining the department, she was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow and taught in the Department of Modern German Literature at the Universität Stuttgart. Most recently she taught German language and literature at Middlebury College’s Summer German School.


karin A. Wurst

DEGREE: Ph.D., Ohio State University

POSITION: Professor of German

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 17th and 18th century German literature, women's studies, The Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature (SGRABL)

CAMPUS ADDRESS: B-469 Wells Hall

PHONE: (517) 884-4391


Karin A. Wurst is working predominantly in the areas of seventeenth end eighteenth century literature and culture. Her books have focused on representations of the family, women's drama, and J.M.R. Lenz. Her articles focus on issues of gender, cultural and aesthetic representation, and issues of reception. Her teaching interests include literary and cultural theories, feminist theory, women's literature and material culture. She has been active in the German Studies Association, the MLA and the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). She has worked on issues regarding Graduate Education and curricular reform in various venues. From 2006 to 2014 she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at MSU.


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