Arne Koch, Associate Professor and Chair, received his education in German Studies at Kenyon College (B.A. 1995), the Pennsylvania State University (M.A. 1997), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001). Before joining Colby’s German and Russian Department, he taught at the University of Kansas where his courses reflected his interdisciplinary interests in word and image studies, eco-criticism, (post)colonialism, and film studies. At Colby, he continues to teach all levels of German, from beginning language courses through senior seminars. With an emphasis on modern literary and cultural studies, he has published a book on national and regional identities, a co-edited volume on E.M. Arndt (with Walter Erhart, Bielefeld), and an edition of a nineteenth-century crime novel set in N.Y. and New Hampshire (with Meredith Fast ’11). He has also given presentations and published articles on a range of topics that include concepts of loyalty in medieval literature, erotic literature of the fin-de-siècle, the role of faculty-student collaborative research in German (with James Violette ’11), the German Road Movie, the filmmakers Fatih Akin and Michael Haneke, and the Krautrock Band Faust (with Sei Harris ’11). For more on Professor Koch’s interests, courses offerings, or to learn about his Heimat of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, simply visit his directory page or stop by his office!
Cyrus Shahan, Assistant Professor of German, earned a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1999) and his M.A (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in German Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests in the twentieth century began with German expressionism and have since led to a monograph-in-progress titled Representing “No Future”: Punk and German Crises After 1977 that assays West German punk’s investment in cultural representation and its role in a complex matrix of occupied political and aesthetic spaces. His additional research focuses on the aesthetics and politics of twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, film and media studies, modern European intellectual history, and cultural studies. He has forthcoming articles on terrorism and punk, Elfriede Jelinek and September 11, 2001, Alexander Kluge, and is currently writing on Thomas Meinecke and DJ Spooky, the birth of Autotune, and a monograph on globalization titled Containment.
Courses required for the German Studies Major are also taught by Raffael Scheck, Professor of History. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative European History from Brandeis University and a Masters in History and German Studies from the University of Zurich. His research focuses on African- French prisoners of war in German hands during World War II and on German right-wing movements before the rise of the Nazis (1914-1933), topics on which he has published three books and over a dozen articles. His latest book is Hitler’s African Victims: The German Army Massacres of French African Prisoners in 1940 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006). To learn more about Professor Scheck and his courses relating to German history and culture, please view his homepage.
Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government & International Studies, joined the Colby faculty in 1996 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. The courses she teaches in the German Studies curriculum are based on her expertise in German politics, German unification, postcommunist developments in the Eastern European countries, and transitional justice. Her book, From East Germans to Germans? The New Postcommunist Elites, was published in 1999 by Duke University Press.
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Tala Forootan joins the Department as the German Language Assistant for the 2012-2013 academic year. Born in the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Tala studied for five years and recently completed her Abitur at the Round Square Schoool Louisenlund in Northern Germany. With academic interests in languages, literature, culture and film, Tala is now very excited to live and work in the U.S. and will be offering two one-credit conversation courses each semester (Fall 2012: German 129, Tues. 7pm-7:50pm; Spring 2012: German 329, Thurs. 7pm-7:50pm), oversee the two weekly German Tables, and be available during her daily office hours for tutorial and any questions regarding German, the German Club.