- Undergraduate Faculty
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Professor of German
Chair, Department of Global Languages & Cultures
My research interests include medieval German culture and literature, comparative literature, gender and body studies, critical theory, and modern reception of the Middle Ages. I specialize in representations of pain and suffering in the Middle Ages.
My book, Bodies of Pain: Suffering in the Works of Hartmann von Aue, was published by Routledge in 2002. I also have a forthcoming book review for the Society for German Medieval Studies as well as a chapter for the upcoming Hartmann Companion by Camden House.
My current research focuses on the depiction of violence in 12th century German epics and Arthurian romances. As associate director for the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Erie, I authored a successful Pennsylvania Humanities Council Humanities-and-the-Arts Initiative grant for spring 2001 conference, Working for What? Winners and Losers in the American Dream.
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
- M.A., University of Wisconsin