I received my Ph.D. from the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist (teaching professor) in the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, I'm also the Resident Director for two faculty-led summer study abroad programs, the Notre Dame Berlin summer program and the International Economics Abroad: Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Krakow program.
A major focus of my work at Notre Dame is the administration and development of summer study abroad programs that offer global experiences tailored to Notre Dame students from a variety of disciplines. At the core of the "ND Summer Berlin" and "International Economics Abroad" programs is a strong commitment to academic rigor paired with real cultural immersion through community-based service-learning, tutoring, and volunteering opportunities.
My current German Studies research engages with satire in contemporary Turkish German fiction, and investigates the transcultural politics of contemporary satirical works. My other primary field of research is foreign language pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning, with a focus on instructional technology and digital humanities.
Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, I taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, prior to which I was also on the faculty of the Middlebury College Summer Language Schools, St. Olaf College, and the Duke in Berlin summer and fall programs. At Duke, I was a member of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge's Pedagogy Group, as well as the founder and co-convener of a foreign language pedagogy reading group. My commitment to excellence in teaching was honored in 2016 with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching by The Graduate School at Duke University, and in 2015 with the Frank Borchadt teaching award by the Duke German Department.
When I am not teaching German, or thinking about my research, I can be found exploring the local culinary scene, hiking the beautiful parks and trails of the Michiana area together with my partner, or watching my favorite German soccer team, Bayern München, play in the Bundesliga.