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

Affiliate Faculty, Cultural Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance

  • 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

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

Christopher D. Sapp

Christopher D. Sapp

Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

  • csapp@iu.edu

Research Interests
Morphology and syntax of German, Language variation and change, Medieval Germanic languages and philology

Lane Sorensen

Lane Sorensen

Lecturer of German, Germanic Studies

Outreach Coordinator, Germanic Studies

  • lasorens@iu.edu

Research Interests
Foreign language pedagogy and outreach; Germanic philology; Vikings and Sagas; Low German language and culture; 'liver-rhyme' poetry and 'Gesellschaftslyrik'

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