Faculty

Frank Biess specializes in Twentieth-Century German History. His teaching interests include Modern German and Italian History, the History of World War II, post-1945 European history as well as 20th century world history. His broader thematic interests include the history of war and violence, gender (especially masculinity), memory, and the history of emotions. His current research project focuses on the history of fear and anxiety in postwar Germany.  (fbiess@ucsd.edu)

Fatima El-Tayeb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature. Her teaching and research interests include African-American Literature and Culture: African Diaspora Studies, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminism, Film Studies, European Migrant and Minority Cultures, Queer of Color Critique, Visual Cultural Studies, Media Theory. Publications include Schwarze Deutsche: Der Diskurs um 'Rasse' und nationale Indentität: 1890-1933 and European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe.  (feltayeb@ucsd.edu)

William Chandler, Professor of Political Science. His research has concentrated on comparative political analysis, with special interest in Canadian, German, French and Italian governments and the European Union.  (wchandler@ucsd.edu)

Harvey S. Goldman, Professor of Sociology whose principal interest is in contemporary social theory and its philosophical antecedents, as well as the sociology of literature. He is presently working on the reception of Nietzsche among contemporary French intellectuals.  (hsgoldman@ucsd.edu)

Eva Fischer Grunski, Lecturer for German language and literature. As a German who follows contemporary events in her native country closely, Eva enjoys adapting her lesson plans to utilize current events as well as pop culture icons to keep the coursework relevant and fresh. (ekfischergrunski@ucsd.edu)

Michael Hardimon, Associate Professor of Philosophy. Research focuses on post-Kantian philosophy; Hegel's social and political philosophy; Nietzsche's moral philosophy and moral psychology; and racial identity.  (mhardimon@ucsd.edu)

Deborah Hertz, Professor of History and Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies). She specializes in Modern Jewish History, history of women in Europe, and modern German history. Hertz's research to date (Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin), and How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin has focused on understanding how Jewish assimilation in Germany can illuminate broader issues relevant to the history of radical Jewish women in the era between 1874 and 1918, where she seeks to explain what various movements for social change offered to Jewish women.  (dhertz@ucsd.edu)

Todd Kontje, Director of the German Studies Program.  Professor Kontje is Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature. He has published books on the German novel, women writers of the 18th and 19th centuries, and German Orientalisms and Thomas Mann. He has also edited a volume of essays on German Realism. From July 2006 to June 2008 he served as the Study Center Director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Germany.  (tkontje@ucsd.edu)

Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Professor Lampert-Weissig holds the Katzin Chair of Jewish Civilization in the Judaic Studies Program and is Professor of English in the Literature Department.  She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley. She has published on Middle English Literature and modern German-Jewish literature. Her teaching interests inlude medieval and early modern English literature, medieval women writers, Middle High German literature, literary representations of Jews and Judaism, and feminist theory.  (llampert@ucsd.edu)

Wm. Arctander O'Brien, Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature; Romanticism; Philosophy and Literature; Critical Theory.  (wobrien@ucsd.edu)

Esra G. Özyürek, Associate Professor, Anthropology (eozyurek@ucsd.edu)

Carol Plantamura, Professor Emeritus of Music whose primary performance interests are 17th and 20th Century vocal music. (cplant@ucsd.edu)

Patrick Patterson specializes in 20th-century East European history and the history of communism, including the German Democratic Republic.  He teaches courses on everyday life in authoritarian societies, Americanization in Europe, the Muslim experience in contemporary Europe, law and religion in European history, the international law of war crimes and genocide, the history of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and world history.  His current book projects include a comparative study of branding, retailing, marketing, advertising, promotional packaging, and other technologies of consumer mobilization in East Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, as well as a new work on the reception of Islam by Christian political activists in contemporary Eastern and Western Europe.  (patrickpatterson@ucsd.edu)

Elke Riebeling, is the Academic Coordinator for German and Italian in the Linguistics Language Program and a Lecturer of German.  She is interested in language teaching methodology and second language acquisition.  (eriebeling@ucsd.edu)

John Rouse joined UCSD in 1996 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. His research includes modern and contemporary German theatre and drama; he is a regular visitor to the BerlinTheatertreffen festival.  (jrouse@ucsd.edu)

Donald P. Rutherford, Professor of Philosophy. He works mainly on early modern philosophy and on the reception of ancient philosophy in the early modern period. Other areas of interest are Kant's critical philosophy and its development, and Nietzsche.  (drutherford@ucsd.edu)

Jane R. Stevens is an Associate Professor of Music. Important research interests include music of the 18th century, the history of the concerto, and 18th- and 19th-century musical thought; current work centers on completion of a book on the keyboard concertos of Bach's sons, together with further studies relating to the perceived nature of musical content in the 18th and 19th centuries.  (jrstevens@ucsd.edu)

Ulrike Strasser, Professor of History.  Her research and teaching interests include early modern religion, politics, gender and sexuality, global history and questions of theory. (ustrasser@ucsd.edu)

Tracy B. Strong, Professor of Political Science. He has broad interests in political theory and in related fields in political science, aesthetics, literature and other areas.  (tstrong@ucsd.edu)

Clinton Tolley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy.  His teaching and research interests include the history of modern German philosophy (18th-20th centuries), with a special focus on Kant and post-Kantian traditions (German Idealism, neo-Kantianism, phenomenology, logical positivism, critical theory).  He is interested in the history of theories of concepts, theories of meaning, philosophical psychology, and aesthetics. (ctolley@ucsd.edu)

Cynthia Walk is an Associate Professor Emerita of German: 20th Century German Literature and Culture; Film Studies; Gender Studies.  (cwalk@ucsd.edu)

Eric Watkins is currently a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on Kant's theoretical philosophy and its place within modern philosophy and science. He is also interested in early modern philosophy (especially Leibniz), German idealism and the history of philosophy of science.  (ewatkins@ucsd.edu)

Alena J. Williams
Assistant Professor of Film and Media History/Theory and Art History in the Department of Visual Arts. Her research areas include modern and contemporary art, rhetoric of visual culture, theories of modernity, and the epistemology of the image, with specialization in modern German visual culture as well as art, film, and performance of 1980's West-Berlin. (ajwilliams@ucsd.edu)