German Studies

Graduate Students

Kierstin H. Brehm

Curriculum Vitae

- B.A. German Studies / International Relations, University of California, Davis

- Exchange Student, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

- B.S. Business Administration, Computer Information Systems (CIS), Web Concentration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

As a native Southern Californian, I am interested in exploring German culture production in the Latin American realm and German Americana. I am also drawn to the incredibly rich culture in both the arts and sciences during the Weimar Republic (with an eye towards early cinema and early radio). On a broad scale, my research interests are in German pop culture, contemporary literature and film where elements of transnationalism are manifest, i.e the fallout of the East-West divide and border studies.

I study the use of MMORPGs as computer mediated communication (CMC) tools in second language (L2) learning in educational settings.
/// My current project is called, "Project V-LIFe"

On Mondays, I host a weekly college radio program featuring German pop, rock and hits.
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Matthew Cooper


I received my BA in Comparative Literature from UC Riverside in 2013. My research interests center on early twentieth century German literature and thought, primarily Modernism and Political Theology as a means to bring coherence to current political situations and theoretical discourse.

David Lamme


I received my BA in Anthropology and German from Southeast Missouri State University. During my studies, I participated in a year-long exchange program at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena studying Deutsch als Fremdsprache, German literature, and applied linguistics. I completed my MA at New York University in the Humanities and Social Thought in 2011. Specializing in German philosophy and its connections to modern cultural theory and media studies, much of my graduate work thus far has sought to put 19th and 20th century continental philosophy in conversation with contemporary life. My Master's Thesis, “The Graven Image: Truth, Self, and Identity in Max Frisch's I'm Not Stiller”examined Frisch's protagonist as a model of identity in the modern, electronic age. My current research continues to delve into these issues and, of late, how they relate to general and speculative economy, as well as technological adaptation and obsolescence.

Yao Pei


B.A. in German, Beihang University, China, 2016.

Scholarly interests includes 20th Century German Austrian modernism, German-Chinese philosophical exchange, second-language teaching

Jacob Schaubs


-B.A. German/Spanish, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Having closely examined the efficacy of Titus Hoffmann's German translation of the 2012 Broadway musical Next to Normal, I find myself interested in storytelling in translation and the possible permutations in understanding and meaning wrought by the inability of any one language to map itself onto another perfectly. I am particularly drawn to examining how the theatre works to shape the world and how various languages and cultures understand it.

Xuxu Song


  • - Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of Southern California
  • - Exchange Student, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany
  • - B.A. in German Language and Literature, Renmin University of China
My research interest currently focuses on Frühromantik (Early German Romanticism) and its aesthetic/literary concept of Sympoesie, which also requires me to examine Friedrich Schiller’s aesthetics and eighteenth-century German philosophy.

Because of my interest in the history of the First and Second World Wars, I am also drawn to look at German antiwar literature during and after the wars in the 20th century, particularly German people’s reflections and introspections on the wars. My bachelor’s project, which was entitled “Analyse des Antikriegsthemas Remarques Romans Im Westen Nichts Neues”, explores the anti-war themes and thoughts in this novel. Given what we have covered in graduate seminars, I am also led to explore the role of language, literature, or more generally, art, at the turn of the twentieth century.

Given my background in Public Administration and my interest in international relations, I am always willing to explore the political and economic development in the modern German society after WWII. Non-literary interests also include German linguistics and international culture exchange.

Jonas Weaver

B.A. in German and Philosophy, Calvin College

Interests: Sovereignty, Critical Theory, Nationalism(s), Christa Wolf, and Döblin, and the link between German theory ad German literature, especially post-1945.