People

Jill Beckman

Jill Beckman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
DEO, German
Associate Professor
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Dr. Jill Beckman is the Director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as well as the DEO and Associate Professor of German.
Rosie Santo Domingo

Rosie Santo Domingo

Title/Position
Administrator, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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Judith Aikin, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Glenn Ehrstine

Glenn Ehrstine, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Area Coordinator
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
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Glenn Ehrstine's primary research explores the intersections of literature, religion, and politics in medieval and early modern Germany, with a particular focus on the cultural transformations that occurred between late medieval Catholicism and the early Protestant Reformation. His more recent research concerns the Catholic theatrical traditions that the Reformation erased or altered. For his teaching, he focuses on practical aspects of German language, literature, and culture that hold broader interest for students in Iowa.
 

Wolfgang Ertl, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Wolfgang Ertl's scholarly interests focus on 20th and 21st century German literature and culture, with emphasis on GDR and postunification literature and German lyric poetry. His research and teaching interests also extend to 19th century German literature and interdisciplinary studies in literature and ecology. He is furthermore engaged in studies in art history and has been exhibiting his paintings in oil, pastel, and acrylics since 2007 in various juried shows in New England (www.wolfgangertlart.com).
Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Linguistics
Professor
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Sarah Fagan’s research and teaching interests include Germanic linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and the German language.
Meredith Mahy Gall

Meredith Mahy Gall, M.S.

Title/Position
Academic Advisor, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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Meredith Mahy Gall is the academic advisor for the Division of World Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (including all world languages, International Studies, linguistics, and translation) In addition, Meredith advises social work interest students and global health studies students.
Sabine Golz

Sabine Gölz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Prof. Gölz teaches German and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa's Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is also active in the University of Iowa's Program in Literary Translation. In addition to her scholarly work, she also has worked with photography and makes documentary films. Her teaching and research interests include theories of textuality, gender and figurative language, theory and poetics of reading, the history and social impact of the invention of writing, manuscript studies, the relation of photography and textuality, performativity, and the construction of "space," and urban semiotics.
Elke Heckner

Elke Heckner, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
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Elke Heckner teaches in the German Department. She is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled, "Memories of Futurity: Remapping Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Genocide." Her recent articles in Shofar and New German Critque examine issues of second- and third generation witnessing in film, TV productions and memorial culture.
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Melissa Kern

Title/Position
Exchange Student, Freiburg Universität
Kirsten Kumpf Baele

Kirsten Kumpf Baele, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Outreach Coordinator
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Kirsten E. Kumpf Baele served as a teaching and research assistant in the German Department and as an adjunct instructor of German at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Currently, she is a Lecturer of German at the University of Iowa. One of her efforts is her commitment to participate in, and develop further, community engagement initiatives, including those of current campus programs and beyond in local and international settings.
Wes Love

Wes Love

Title/Position
Student Engagement Coordinator
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Waltraud Maierhofer

Waltraud Maierhofer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, German
Professor, Global Health Studies
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Waltraud Maierhofer is professor of German and in the Global Health Studies Program. She teaches courses on German literature and culture and also on international culture. Her research and teaching interests include German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present. She is especially interested in representations of health and Human Rights issues (contraception, abortion, disabilities), in intersections of historiography and fiction, ego-documents and biography, but also book illustrations and text–image relations, and she has edited several historical documents and translations.
Jenna Miller

Jenna Miller

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Bruce Nottingham-Spencer

Bruce Nottingham-Spencer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Bruce Nottingham-Spencer spent time abroad at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. He currently supervises the Elementary German program and teaches a variety of courses including German Composition and Conversation, and Business German. His interests include Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Crime Fiction, and Germanic Mythology.
 

Ford Parkes, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
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Fabienne Rink

Title/Position
Exchange Student, Dortmund Universität
Milena Sanabria Contreras

Milena Sanabria Contreras

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Student, Masters of Fine Arts in Literary Translation