Position Type
Faculty
Service
- Present
Biography

Originally from Ohio, Cynthia Porter received her B.A. in German Studies from Denison University (2010), followed by earning a Master’s in German Studies from Bowling Green State University (2013) as well as a Master’s in Popular Culture (2015) from the same institution. Cynthia’s research interests fall under the categories of cross-media studies with a focus on the depiction of the body in German canonized literature and contemporary film, the topic of the “grotesque” body, the cultural connotations of body modification and tattoos in an international context, the presentation of German history and heritage in American film, and Afro-German Studies. Cynthia is currently working on her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, where she is currently earning on a joint degree in German and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP).

Degree(s)
B.A. (German); M.A. (German); M.A. (Popular Culture)

Learning & Teaching

Courses
  • Fall 2021: GERM 111 - Beginning German I; GERM 213 - Intermediate Conversation and Composition; GERM 302/COMM 215 - Women in German Media
  • Spring 2021: GERM 112 - Beginning German II; GERM 214 - Communication Skills in German; GERM 302/BLST 345 - Special Topics: Afro-German History & Culture
  • Fall 2020: GERM 111 - Beginning German I; GERM 213 - Intermediate Conversation and Composition; GERM 311 - Intro to German Fiction and Non-fiction: Body Modification in German History
  • Spring 2020: GERM 112 - Beginning German II; GERM 214 - Communication Skills in German

Research

Cynthia’s dissertation research explores how the practice of tattooing participated in systems of identity-formation in the wake of moments of perceived cultural rupture and transition in German twentieth- and twenty-first century history.

Works

Publications
  • “Lang’s Fury Continues to Resonate in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” in Daniel Fairfax, André Keiji Kunigami, and Luca Peretti, eds., Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict 6 (2020). doi:10.21431/Z3988N

Service

Professional Memberships
  • Delta Phi Alpha: German National Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • McNair Scholars Program