German Language and Literatures
Department Chair:
Steve Huff

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–Noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Jennifer Ham

Jennifer Ham

Visiting Associate Professor of German

Contact Information


Peters 229
(440) 775-8651

Personal Office Hours:
M/F 2:30 - 3:30p.m.
And by appointment

Jennifer Ham

Jennifer Ham

Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Jennifer Ham

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1990
  • Master of Arts, Rutgers University, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Moravian College, 1978

Areas of Special Interest:

19th and 20th century German literature, Nietzsche, German theater, Naturalism, Expressionism, animal studies, cinema and educational theory.


Jennifer Ham teaches a variety of courses on 19th and 20th century German literature and culture as well as all levels of German language. She has presented and published on topics, such as, turn-of-the-century schooling in Germany, Frank Wedekind, animal studies, Nietzsche and femininity, cabaret and language pedagogy and is the author and co-editor of two books, Elastizität: The Poetics of Space, Character and Movement in Frank Wedekind’s Theater  and Animal Acts: Configuring the Human in Western History. She is currently co-editing a forthcoming volume, The Origins of ‘Bildung’ and the Future of the Humanities and is designing a senior seminar on the interdisciplinary subject of Emotionsgeschichte entitled “Love and War: Narrating Emotion from the Romantic to the Real,” which will be offered this spring.

Representative Courses

  • Introductory and Intermediate German
  • Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • Survey of German Literature from 1800 to Present
  • German Drama: Acts of Passion and Rebellion
  • The German Novelle
  • German Cinema
  • Literary Eras: Emerging Modernism