Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth’s engagement with the German speaking community was instrumental in securing a gift to Southwestern University’s Distinctive Collections: Uwe Lemke’s extensive Perry Rhodan collection, donated by his widow Mary Duffy. The many volumes of this epic narrative represent Germany’s most successful and longest running science fiction series that started in 1961, arguably the most successful science fiction novel series in the world. This gift makes Distinctive Collections and Archives currently the only library in the USA that can provide access to a German language collection of the Perry Rhodan series.

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Education

Staatsexamen: State Board Examination - MA; Postgraduate Degree in English Studies; Ph.D. , Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Germany; University of Nottingham, England; University of California, Santa Barbara 2013

Awards

Southwestern University Teaching Award in 2005. 

  • Education

    Staatsexamen: State Board Examination - MA; Postgraduate Degree in English Studies; Ph.D. , Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Germany; University of Nottingham, England; University of California, Santa Barbara 2013

    Awards

    Southwestern University Teaching Award in 2005. 

  • Transnational Identity Narratives - Contemporary German Language Literature by Autors with Migration Backgrounds in East Central Europe;

    Environmental Humanities in German Studies - Eco-Texts and Eco-Film, Eco-Pedagogy, Cultures of Environmentalism, Eco-criticism, Identity Politics and Notions of Home

    Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) - Perspectives on a German Classic

    Germany and the New Europe - The New Berlin, Contemporary German Culture, Traditions and Innovations in Memory Cultures, Sports Cultures and National Identity

    Awards & Fellowships

    Received DADD, Mellon, Cullen, Sam Taylor and other awards and fellowships to support research projects abroad.


In the News

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    Leora Ammerman ’24 and Sierra Rupp ’23 selected for English Teaching Assistant Program in Spain; Ella Stewart ’24 named an alternate.

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    Leora Ammerman ’24 and Sierra Rupp ’23 selected for English Teaching Assistant Program in Spain; Ella Stewart ’24 named an alternate.

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