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Germanic Studies

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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty, 2014-2015

For Staff Information

Welcome to the faculty page of the Department of Germanic Studies. Here you will find detailed listings of the faculty members of the department. The listings are divided into Continuing Faculty, Permanent Lecturers, & Emeritus Professors. Adjunct Faculty are also listed. For a complete list of office hours for all faculty, including Associate Instructors, please click here.

Continuing Faculty

Literature & Culture:
Professor of Germanic Studies, and Chair of Gender Studies
Office: BH 669 \\ Hours: Tues. 4:30-5:30pm (Germanics Studies) Wed. 3-4pm (Gender Studies) & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-1894 \\ Email:
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Claudia Breger

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Ph.D. Humboldt University
Fields of interest: 20th- and 21st-century literature, film and culture, with an emphasis on literary, media, and cultural theory, as well as the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race.
Chairman and Professor of Germanic Studies
Office: BH 644A \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-4551 or (812) 855-3280 \\ Email:
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Fritz Breithaupt

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Ph.D. (1997, Johns Hopkins University)
Fields of interest: literature and cognitive science; empathy; narrative; German & European literature, philosophy, and culture since 1700; aesthetics; intellectual history of money, Goethe.
Associate Professor of Germanic Studies
Office: BH 660 \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-8847 \\ Email:
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Michel Chaouli

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Director, The Institute of German Studies
Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
Fields of interest: literature and philosophy; phenomenlogical and cognitive approaches to fiction; embodied mind and the senses; aesthetic theory; literature starting around 1750.
Professor of Germanic Studies
Office: BH 657 \\ Hours: Fall Leave of Absence
Tel.: (812) 855-7611 \\ Email:
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Ph.D University of Zürich
Fields of interest: German literature, especially from the beginnings up to 1700 - mysticism in the Middle Ages and early modernity - medical history - historiography of the theatre - performative approaches to medieval literature
Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of International Studies
Office: BH 654 / 644A \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-8242 \\ Email:
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William Rasch

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Ph.D. University of Washington/Seattle
Fields of interest: German philosophical tradition, especially social and political theory, from early modernity to the present. German literature within its historical and political context.
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Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and Acting Chair of Germanic Studies for Spring 2014
Office: BH 653 \\ Hours: Tues 2:30-3:30, Thurs 2:30-4:30 & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-6887 \\ Email:
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Benjamin Robinson

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Ph.D. Stanford University
Fields of interest: 20th century and contemporary literature and culture, especially with respect to institutions of law, economics and science; modernism and socialism; questions of literary reference and realism, particularly as they are thought about in phenomenological and sociological traditions.
Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of the Institute of German Studies
Office: BH 677 \\ Hours: Fall Leave of Absence
Tel.: (812) 855-1642 \\ Email:
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Johannes Türk

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Ph.D. Freie Universität Berlin
Fields of interest: Literary Theory, Aesthetic Theory, Rhetoric, Philosophy, The history of the German and the European Novel, Modernism, Literature and Life Sciences (especially Immunology), Trauma and Literature
Professor of Germanic Studies
Office: BH 668 \\ Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 1:00-2:00pm & by appt
Tel.: (812) 855-2033 \\ Email:
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Sheet Music

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Ph.D. Stanford University
Fields of interest: 19th- & early 20th-century literary and cultural studies of Germany and Austria; Fin-de-Siècle Vienna; German and Austrian music, opera and ideology, history of racial and sexual iconographies, German-Jewish relations, German film, critical theory.
Adjunct:

Sander Gliboff — History & Philosophy of Science

Christopher Irmscher — English

Joshua Kates — English

Michelle Moyd — History

Eyal Peretz — Comparative Literature

Julia Roos — History

Mark Roseman — History, Jewish Studies

William E. Scheuerman — Political Science, Law

Sandra Shapshay — Philosophy

Jeffrey Veidlinger — History, Jewish Studies

Language Teaching Research:
Clinical Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and Language Coordinator
Office: BH 658 \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-7562 \\ Email:
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Susanne2013

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Ph.D. University College Cork, Ireland
Fields of interest: second/foreign language pedagogy, teacher training, innovative teaching approaches, drama in education for FL teaching and learning, intercultural and multilingual competence, bilingual novels, and curriculum development for higher education.
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Philology:
Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies
Office: BH 676 \\ Hours: Mon. & Weds. 2:00-3:30pm & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-8138 \\ Email:
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Kari Ellen Gade

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Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Fields of interest: Old Norse-Icelandic language, literature, culture and history, together with Germanic philology, metrics, and linguistics. Professor Gade teaches courses on Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature (sagas), eddic, and skaldic Poetry, Old Norse poetic language, history of the Scandinavian languages, Old High German, Old Saxon, Gothic, runes and runic inscriptions, alliterative Meters, vikings and sagas.
Adjunct:

Rob Fulk — English

Germanic Linguistics:
Professor of Germanic Studies
Office: BH 656 \\ Hours: MW 10:00-11:00 & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-1640 \\ Email:
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Tracy Alan Hall

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Ph.D. University of Washington
Fields of interest: General and Germanic linguistics, phonology, morphology, and historical linguistics.
Professor of Germanic Studies and Second Language Studies and Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies for Spring 2014
Office: BH 661 \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-3248 \\ Email:
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Rex A. Sprouse

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Adjunct Professor of Linguistics
Ph.D. Princeton University
Fields of interest: structure and history of the languages of Western Europe (Germanic, Romance, Celtic); second-language acquisition; syntactic theory.
Adjunct:

Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig — Second Language Studies

Laurent Dekydtspotter — French & Italian

Other Languages:
Yiddish \\ Professor of Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies
Office: BH 670 \\ Hours: by appt. only
Tel.: (812) 855-1951 \\ Email:
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Dov-Ber Kerler

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Professor of Jewish Studies and Yiddish Language and Literature, Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies
Ph.D. Oxford University
Fields of interest: history, dialectology, sociology, and the linguistic analysis of Yiddish; history of old Yiddish literature (15th to 18th century); Yiddish-Slavic linguistic and cultural contacts; Yiddish and modern Israeli Hebrew; Modern Yiddish poetry.
Senior Lecturer \\ Coordinator for Norwegian Language & Scandinavian Culture
Office: BH 659 \\ Hours: W 1:30-2:30 & by appt
Tel.: (812) 855-1046 \\ Email: ggmay@indiana.edu
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Gergana May

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Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies & European Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington
Fields of interest: Norwegian language, Scandinavian literature and theatre, Ibsen and Strindberg, literary theory and criticism, translation for the theatre.
Senior Lecturer of Dutch \\ Coordinator for Dutch Language and Culture
Office: BH 667 \\ Hours: by appointment only
Tel.: (812) 855-7173 \\ Email:
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Esther Ham

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Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies and West European Studies
Doctorandus, Utrecht University
Fields of interest: second/foreign language pedagogy, intercultural communication, Frisian, citétaal, Afrikaans and anything related to South-Africa and elephants.
Lecturer of Dutch Language and Culture
Office: BH 667 \\ Hours: MW 2:45-4:00pm & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-7173 \\ Email:
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haitjema

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Lecturer in Germanic Studies
Doctorandus, Utrecht University
Fields of interest: Comparative philology, Sociolinguistics, and Poetry International “In other words"
Permanent Lecturers:
Senior German Lecturer & Outreach Coordinator
Office: BH 675 \\ Hours: Mon 1:30-2:30 & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-7013 \\ Email:
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Troy Byler

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Dual MA, Indiana University
Fields of interest: language pedagogy, teacher training, workshop development and programming.
Senior German Lecturer
Office: BH 675 \\ Hours: Mon & Weds. 12:30-1:00
Tel.: (812) 855-7013 \\ Email:
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Nikole Langjar

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MA, University of Stuttgart

MAT, Indiana University

Fields of Interest: Language pedagogy, intercultural communication
Adjunct Lecturer
Office: BH 675 \\ Hours: TR 11:00-12:00 & by appt.
Tel.: (812) 855-7013 \\ Email:
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Emeritus Professors

Theodore Andersson \\ Ph.D. (Yale University)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest: Medieval Germanic languages, literatures, and cultures.
Peter Boerner \\ Ph.D. (University of Frankfurt)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and West European Studies
Fields of interest: eighteenth century European literature, Goethe, Franco German and Anglo German literary relations
Catherine Fraser \\ Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest: language teaching and learning, Swedish literature.
Ingeborg Hoesterey \\ Ph.D. (Harvard University)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Communicaton and Culture.
Fields of interest:20th century German literature, modernism & postmodernism in literature & the visual arts, new lit. theory. Professor Hoesterey studied art history in Berlin and literature at Harvard where she received her PhD in 1977. She is the author of Verschlungene Schriftzeichen: Intertexualität von Literatur und Kunst in der Moderne/Postmoderne (1988) and editor of Zeitgeist in Babel: The Postmodernist Controversy (1991), Neverending Stories: Towards a Critical Narratology (1992), as well as Intertextuality: German Literature and Visual Art (1993). A book-length study, Pastiche. Cultural Memory in Art, Film, Literature, was published by Indiana University Press in 2001. With her background in visual and literary studies, Professor Hoesterey focuses on interrelations of verbal and visual art in modernism/postmodernism. She also writes on critical theory, narratological problems as well as on 20th century German authors.
Albrecht Holschuh \\ Ph.D. (Princeton University)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest: 20th-century German literature, poetry, and German studies.
William Z. Shetter \\ Ph.D. (University of California-Berkeley)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest:
language and civilization of the Netherlands, medieval German literature, Germanic linguistics.
Scholarly work includes: Dutch: An Essential Grammar. 8th edition 2002. London and New York, Routledge.
The Netherlands in Perspective: The Dutch Way of Organizing a Society and its Setting. 2nd edition 2002. Utrecht, Nederlands Centrum Buitenlanders.
Office: BH 667
Tel.: (812) 855-7173
Hours: by appt.
Terence Thayer \\ Ph.D. (Harvard University)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest: German literature since 1750, German poetry.
Office: BH 649
Tel.: (812) 855-1754
Hours: by appt.
Stephen L. Wailes \\ Ph.D. (Harvard University)

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Professor of Germanic Studies
Fields of interest:
medieval and 16th-century German literature.
Stephen Wailes has published books on the didactic and religious poety of Der Stricker, on the allegorical tradition of interpreting Jesus’ parables in the Middle Ages, and on a group of Reformation dramas about wealth and poverty. His articles range from stylistic and rhetorical analyses in Middle High German to problems in the relations of history and literature during the sixteenth century, including studies of the Nibelungenlied, Hrotsvit von Gandersheim, Walter von der Vogelweide, Oswald von Wolkenstein, Hermann von Sachsenheim, Fortunatus, Hans Sachs, and Martin Luther.
Office: BH 649
Tel.: (812) 855-1754
Ulrich Weisstein \\ Ph.D. (Indiana University)

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Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature
Fields of interest: drama, twentieth-century literature, Anglo-German literary relations.
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