I teach all levels of German language, German,Swiss and Austrian literature and culture. In my teaching I make use of newest technologies to enhance not only student learning in regards to all things German, but also for my students to learn skills in intercultural competencies and global learning. For example, I am globally networked with a German colleague at the American University in Bulgaria with a team-taught course in German studies. I am also very dedicated to CLAC (Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum) pedagogy and team-teaching as a pedagogical approach to higher learning. My scholarly interests are increasingly vested in how these technologies shape how we learn and teach now and in the near future. My more traditional scholarship is in the area of German Romanticism and psychoanalytic theory, specifically suicide studies. Last year, I was awarded the Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for my work in teaching, service, and scholarship.
B.A., Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg, Germany and California State University, Sacramento; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles