Core Faculty

Core faculty

Fritz Breithaupt

Fritz Breithaupt

Provost Professor, Germanic Studies

  • fbreitha@indiana.edu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR-9J5_8Imw&t=14s

Research Interests
literature and cognitive science; empathy; narrative; German and European literature, philosophy, and culture since 1700; aesthetics; intellectual history of money; Goethe

Michel Chaouli

Michel Chaouli

Professor, Germanic Studies

  • chaouli@indiana.edu

Research Interests
literature and philosophy; aesthetic theory; literature starting around 1750; poetic criticism

Irit Dekel

Irit Dekel

Assistant Professor, Germanic Studies

Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies

Research Interests
contemporary German culture; memory studies; museum studies; race and ethnicity

Susanne Even

Susanne Even

Clinical Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

Language Coordinator, Germanic Studies

Research Interests
foreign language pedagogy; innovative teaching and learning approaches; performative pedagogy; intercultural and multilingual competence; bilingual novels; curriculum development for higher education

Kari Gade

Kari Gade

Provost Professor, Germanic Studies

Director of Graduate Studies, Germanic Studies

  • gade@indiana.edu

Research Interests
old Norse-Icelandic language, literature, culture and history; Germanic philology, metrics, and linguistics

Tracy Alan Hall

Tracy Alan Hall

Professor, Germanic Studies

Editor, Journal of Germanic Linguistics

  • tahall2@indiana.edu

Research Interests
general and Germanic linguistics, phonology, morphology, and historical linguistics

Esther Ham

Esther Ham

Senior Lecturer of Dutch, Germanic Studies

Coordinator for Dutch Language and Culture, Germanic Studies

  • eham@indiana.edu

Research Interests
second/foreign language pedagogy; intercultural communication; Frisian; cittaal; Afrikaans and anything related to South-Africa and elephants

Günther Jikeli

Günther Jikeli

Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

Associate Professor, Jewish Studies

Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism

  • gjikeli@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-1150
  • Global and International Studies Building 4019

Research Interests
antisemitism after the Holocaust; antisemitism in social media; racism, discrimination and education; Jewish-Muslim relations; national socialism: forced labor and the Holocaust; comparative history; German-French-British comparisons

Dov-Ber Kerler

Dov-Ber Kerler

Professor, Germanic Studies

Professor, Jewish Studies

Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair, Yiddish Studies

  • dkerler@indiana.edu

Research Interests
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

Teresa Kovacs

Teresa Kovacs

Assistant Professor, Germanic Studies

  • tekovacs@iu.edu
  • (812) 855-1080
  • Global and International Studies Building 3104

Research Interests
contemporary theater and performance; theater theory; posthumanism; landscape and urbanism; globalization, migration and transcultural theater; politics of aesthetics; cultural analysis; intermediality; comedy; gender and queer theory; Elfriede Jelinek; Christoph Schlingensief

Nikole Langjahr

Nikole Langjahr

Senior German Lecturer, Germanic Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • nilangja@indiana.edu

Research Interests
language pedagogy; intercultural communication

Gergana May

Gergana May

Senior Lecturer, Germanic Studies

Coordinator of Norwegian Program

  • ggmay@indiana.edu

Research Interests
Norwegian language; Scandinavian literature and theatre; Ibsen and Strindberg; literary theory and criticism; translation for the theatre

William Rasch

William Rasch

Professor, Germanic Studies

Research Interests
German philosophical tradition, especially social and political theory, from early modernity to the present; German literature within its historical and political context

Benjamin Robinson

Benjamin Robinson

Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

Chair, Germanic Studies

Research Interests
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

Johannes Türk

Johannes Türk

Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

Director of the Institute of German Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

  • joturk@indiana.edu

Research Interests
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