Iris Bork-Goldfield, Wesleyan University 
“Get Real: How to Teach Original Historical Sources” co-convener.

I am Adjunct Professor of German and Chair of the German Studies Department at Wesleyan University. I received my doctoral degree from Munich University in German as a Foreign Language and German Literature. My research focuses on migration literature in Germany and its role in the 21st century, Jewish life in Germany today, and early youth resistance in the GDR. In 2014, I made a documentary on this last topic, and my book, “Wir wollten was tun” Widerstand von Jugendlichen in Werder an der Havel 1949-1953 was published by Metropol in 2015. More information can be found at

Linda Braun, Johns Hopkins University

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in European history, with a focus on modern German history, at the Johns Hopkins University. Currently, I am writing my dissertation about “Ragtime and Jazz Culture in Germany, 1890-1945” under Peter Jelavich’s supervision. As an undergrad in Germany, my minor at Tuebingen University was computer linguistics. This background motivated me to start projects in DH, in research as well as for teaching. Therefore, I also do have a background in basic programming. A more detailed CV as well as a list of talks and publications can be accessed at

Beate Brunow, Wofford College 
“Get Real: How to Teach Original Historical Sources” co-convener.

I’m an Assistant Professor of German at Wofford College and the coordinator of the German Program and the Gender Studies Program. I received my doctoral degree in German and a minor in Gender Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. My research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in German and across disciplines. Recent work includes “Working through Difficult Narratives: From Reading Trauma to Thinking Critically” (Postscript, Vol. 29 Spring 2014), and an article on teaching and learning as a form of cultural ecology “Texte als Orte der Begegnung” (In Kulturökologie and Literaturdidaktik, 2015) . Currently, I am co-authoring articles on developing and integrating environmental literacy across the foreign languages curriculum as well as on civic engagement and collaborative knowledge building.

Elizabeth Drummond, Loyola Marymount University 

Drummond is an Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. at Georgetown University with Roger Chickering in 2004, specializing in modern Central European history. She has published articles on aspects of the German-Polish national conflict – on the role of women in nationalist mobilization and the gendering of nationalism, on the position of Jews in the German-Polish national conflict, on the imagery and symbols employed in the construction of national identities, on migration in and out of Poznania, and on the problem of Poznań/Posen as a transnational city. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Each To His Own”: National Identity and Nationalist Mobilization in the German-Polish Borderland of Poznania, 1886–1914, a comparative study of the construction of national identity at the grassroots level and the mobilization of national sympathies in a binational borderland.

Natalie Eppelsheimer, Middlebury College
“Get Real: How to Teach Original Historical Sources” co-convener

Natalie Eppelsheimer is Associate Professor of German at Middlebury College. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in 2008 and also holds a Staatsexamen (Biology and English Studies) from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- University Bonn (2000) and a M.A. in German Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson (2003). Her research focuses on Holocaust and exile Studies, on the scholarship of teaching and learning German as a foreign language, and on the development of environmental literacy. Recent publications include “’A World, Where Butchers Sing Like Angels’: German Poetry, Music, and (Counter)History in Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club” (In SAIL -Studies in American Indian Literature, 2015); “‘Man ist, was man isst!“ Karen Duves Anständig Essen: Ein Selbstversuch im Kontext der Entwicklung von Umweltkompetenz“ (In Globalisierung – Natur – Zukunft Erzählen: Aktuelle deutschsprachige Literatur für die Internationale Germanistik und das Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache; ed. A. Hille et al, 2015); and “Claiming the Language Ecotone: Translinguality, Resilience, and the Environmental Humanities,” co-authored with U. Küchler and C.A. Melin (In Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 2014). In 2014, she co-organized a GSA seminar titled “The Future of Teaching the Holocaust in German Studies, History and Comparative Literature” and in 2015 she facilitated a DAAD-seminar on “Geschichtsvermittlung im fremdsprachlichen Deutschunterricht.”

Matthew HandelmanMichigan State University

Current Position: Assistant Professor of German and Core Faculty in the Digital Humanities (Michigan State University, since 2013) Education: Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Pennsylvania, 2013) Publications: Mathematics and Critical Theory: Scholem, Rosenzweig, Kracauer (Mss. in preparation) “Digital Humanities as Translation: Visualizing Rosenzweig’s Archive,” in: TRANSIT. Vol. 10.1. ( “The Dialectics of Otherness: Siegfried Kracauer’s Figurations of the Jew, Judaism, and Jewishness,” in: Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies, Vol. 2 (2015): 90-111. “Unvermeidliches Schicksal? Alcoholism, Mathematics, and Heredity in Theodor Storm’s ‘Der Herr Etatsrath’ (1881),” in: Scientia Poetica, Vol. 18 (2014): 81-102. “Franz Rosenzweig’s Modern Mathematics,” in: The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, Vol. 57 (2012): 141-162. “The Forgotten Conversation: Five Letters from Franz Rosenzweig to Siegfried Kracauer, 1921 – 1923,” in: Scientia Poetica, Vol. 15 (2011): 232-251.

Matthew HiebertGerman Historical Institute

I am currently (2015-) a Research Fellow in Digital History at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC. From 2013 to 2015 I was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada, and postdoctoral fellow at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. I have taught digital humanities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have led workshops on new forms of scholarly publishing at such events as the Digital Humanities Institute Beirut and the Modern Language Association Annual Convention.

Meghan LundriganCarleton University

Lundrigan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her research explores contemporary representations of the Holocaust through social media. Meghan has extensive experience with digital media, having held research assistantships with the Carleton Centre for Public History, Parks Canada, and Library and Archives Canada. She has presented her doctoral research at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History. Meghan is currently working on a book project with Dr. Jennifer Evans (Carleton University) and Erica Fagen (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) titled Holocaust Memory in the Digital Mediascape (expected 2018 through Bloomsbury, UK). She is in the process of conducting research for her dissertation, “Holocaust Memory and Visuality in the Age of Social Media.”

Claudia LynnUniversity of Pennsylvania

Claudia Lynn received her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Since 2005, she has been teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced German language courses in the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Penn where she also is the Undergraduate Chair and the Coordinator of the language program. Most summers, Claudia teaches German language courses for FUBiS at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include second language acquisition, educational linguistics, foreign language pedagogy and instructional technologies.

Kelly McCulloughGerman HIstorical Institute

EDUCATION Bryn Mawr College Ph.D., Art History, 2003 Dissertation: Inner Necessity: The Interior Scenes of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, 1905-1913 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Project Manager, German Historical Institute (2003-present) ▪ Responsible for the development of German History in Documents and Images, a ten-volume digital anthology of primary-source texts and images documenting all aspects of German history from 1500 to the present. Work with historians to select all content (primary-source German-language documents, historical images, and digital maps). Write accompanying pedagogical texts and edit all English translations. Adjunct Professor, Corcoran College of Art & Design (2006-2007) ▪ Taught “Urban Centers: The Capital City as a Work of Art.” ▪ Taught the second-year survey course, “Modernism, 1880-1945.” PUBLICATIONS (With James Retallack) “Digital History Anthologies on the Web: German History in Documents and Images,” Central European History 46 (2013), p. 346-61.

Marieke Oprel, Vrije Universiteit

Marieke Oprel (1990) studied political and cultural history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During her Research Master she specialized in contemporary history, with a particular focus on the international relations between the Netherlands and Germany after 1945. In 2014, she completed her Research Master with an interdisciplinary, exploratory study of the Dutch policy concerning so-called ‘enemy citizens’ in the Netherlands in the post-war period (1945-1967). In spring 2015 she received a NWO research grant for her PhD project (2015-2019) ‘Germans as enemy citizens’. Dutch citizenship policies towards German nationals in the aftermath of the Second World War (1944- 1967). The project is supervised by prof. dr. S. Legêne (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) , prof. dr. A.J.J. Nijhuis (German Institute Amsterdam) and prof. dr. W.J. Veraart (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). Since September 2015, Marieke is Sprecher at the Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte (ADNG) and reporter for the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG).

Jens Pohlmann, Stanford University

Education: 2010-2016: Stanford University, Ph.D. in German Studies; Dissertation Project: Capitalizing on the Avant-Garde? An Analysis of Adversarial Authors’ Marketing Strategies in the Second Half of the 20th Century. Current Research Project: Mapping the German Cultural Sphere – A Digital Network Analysis of Siegfried Unseld’s Travel Notes 2015: Stipendium “Digital Humanities” from the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association CESTA Graduate Research Fellow 2015-2016 2009-2010: Brown University, Graduate Exchange Fellow. 1999-2009: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, M.A. in Modern German Literature and Philosophy. Publications and Presentations: “Ein Rückzug aus dem ‘Reden über Politik’ in das ‘Schweigen der Kunst’? Aspekte der Gottfried-Benn-Rezeption Heiner Müllers.” Literatur ohne Land? Ed. Janine Ludwig and Mirjam Meuser. Freiburg: Fwpf, 2009. 93-109. Print. “‘Autodrama’ and Ambivalence – On Resistance and Utopia in Heiner Müller’s Bildbeschreibung“ GSA Seminar: Aesthetischer Eigensinn | Aesthetic Obstinacy; September 20th, 2014 Kansas City.

Martin SheehanTennessee Technological University

Asst. Prof. of German, Tennessee Tech U, 2011-present University of Virginia, MA (03), PhD (09) Scholarly Publications (Selected) “A Sense of Place, a Place of Sense: The Comedic Function of Setting in Herr Peter Squentz.” in Earthly and Spiritual Pleasures in Medieval Life, Literature, Art, and Music: In Memory of Ulrich Müller. Ed. Sibylle Jefferis. Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik 779. Göppingen: Kümmerle Verlag, 2014. “The Comic Frustration of the Comedic in Hauptmann’s Der Biberpelz,” Seminar.48:2 (2012): 200-217. “The Spectacle of Resolution in Der Hofmeister,” Studia Neophilologica. 83:1 (2011): 81-93. Interactive Textbooks Sheehan, Martin and Raphaela Tkotzyk. Deutsch als Fremdsprache Interaktiv A1 Teil 1. Digital Lingua Press. May 28, 2014. IBook file. –. Deutsch Interaktiv, Einführung. Digital Lingua Press. June 5, 2013. IBook file. –, Deutsch Interaktiv, Thema 1. Digital Lingua Press. June 5, 2013. IBook file.

Sibel Sayili-HurleyUniversity of Pennsylvania 

Lecturer Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures University of Pennsylvania Sibel Sayılı-Hurley completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Purdue University. She has taught a wide variety of courses in German language and literature and comparative literature. At Penn she has taught beginning and intermediate German courses. Her research interests include transnational studies, foreign language pedagogy and instructional technologies.

Kira ThurmanUniversity of Michigan

Assistant Prof. in German and History at the University of Michigan PhD: University of Rochester, 2013. Research interests: German history, musicology, Africana Studies Publications: “Singing the Civilizing Mission in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms: The Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1870s Germany” in Journal of World History (Special Issue: “Preaching the Civilizing Mission”), Volume 27, No. 2 (Summer 2016). “The German Lied and the Songs of Black Volk.” Invited contribution to “Colloquy: Studying the Lied: Hermeneutic Traditions and the Challenges of Performance,” in Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 67, No. 2 (August 2014). “Black Venus, White Bayreuth: Race, Sexuality, and the De-Politicization of Wagner in Postwar West Germany” in German Studies Review, Vol. 35, No. 3 (October 2012). Courses Taught: “Race After Hitler: Nationalism and Ethnic Violence in Europe Since 1945” “Germany and the Black Diaspora” “Music and National Identity”