- Bachelor of Arts, Grove City College, 1987
- Master of Arts, University Delaware, 1991
- Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State Univ, 1998
Areas of special interest
Twentieth-century West German literature and film, East German cinema, Postwar narratives of “Vergangenheitsbewältigung,” Disability Studies
Recent and forthcoming publications
Book in progress:
Disability’s Past: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and the Deviant Body in German Literature
Worlds Apart? Disability and Foreign Language Learning. Eds. Tammy Berberi, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Ian Sutherland. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007.
“ Teaching German to Students Who are Blind: A Personal Essay on the Process of Inclusion.” To appear in Worlds Apart? Disability and Foreign Language Learning. Eds. Tammy Berberi, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Ian Sutherland. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. (27 ms. pp.)
“ Unsereins muß auf die Bühne: The Tin Drum and the Stage.” To appear in Grass’s The Tin Drum. Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Ed. Monika Shafi. New York: MLA, 2006. (20 ms. pp.)
“ The State of the Community: Foreign Language Students with Disabilities and Language Lab Technology.” 37.2 The IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies. (Fall 2005): 17-33.
“ Of Miracles and Pedestals. Helen Keller Through German Eyes.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 26.1 (Winter 2006).
“ Language Barriers and Barriers to Language: Disability in the Foreign Language Classroom” co-authored with Tammy E. Berberi. Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Eds. Liat Ben-Moshe, Rebecca C. Cory, Mia Feldbaum, and Ken Sagendorf. Syracuse: Graduate School, Syracuse U, 2005. 11-19.
Review of The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling by Jeanne Safer (New York: Free Press-Simon and Schuster, 2002). Disability Studies Quarterly 25.2 (Spring 2005).
“ No Longer Unreasonable: Disability in German Cinema.” Disability Studies Quarterly 24.3 (Summer 2004).
“ Deafening Sound and Troubling Silence in Volker Schlöndorff’s Die Blechtrommel.” Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of German Culture. Eds. Lutz Koepnick and Nora Alter. New York: Berghahn, 2004. 130-142.
“ Imaginary Bridges: Politics and Film Art in Robert Musil’s Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß and Volker Schlöndorff’s Der junge Törleß.” Colloquia Germanica Volume 1 (Winter 2003): 69-85.
“ Read the Book or Watch the Movie? Der Richter und sein Henker at the Intermediate Level.” Die Unterrichtspraxis 35.2 (2002): 141-148.
“ From Social Welfare to Civil Rights: The Representation of Disability in Twentieth-Century German Literature.” The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability. Ed. David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1997. 223-239.
Translation of “Embarking for New Shores” by Heinz-Uwe Haus. Rocky Mountain Review 45 (1991): 237-246.
Recent courses taught:
-The Seventies, the Germanies, the Cinema
-East German Cinema
-New German Cinema
-History of German Cinema
-The Deviant Body in German Literature and Film
-Elementary and Intermediate German Language courses
-Member of Oberlin's Interdisciplinary Cinema Studies Committee