Allison Cattell

Allison Cattell

PhD German

James M. Skidmore

James M. Skidmore

Associate Professor and Director, Waterloo Centre for German Studies

Literary and film studies (contemporary German literature and culture, comparative literature, politics in literature and film, online learning)

Co-Editor, kultur360.com

Anastasia Kuzminykh

Anastasia Kuzminykh

Part-time Lecturer

I graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with Specialist Degree with honours in clinical psychology and was awarded with qualification of psychologist, clinical psychologist, teacher of psychology. At MSU, my research mainly focused on psychology of aggression and perception of verbal aggressive stimuli.

Nicole Knapp.

Nicole Knapp

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Isabelle Eberz

Isabelle Eberz

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Samuel Schirm

Samuel Schirm

PhD German

Jennifer Redler

Jennifer Redler

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Philipp Stremlau

Philipp Stremlau

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Stephanie Cooper

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Katherine Surmanski

Katherine Surmanski

BA Slavic Studies with International Studies Option (2007)

Katherine Surmanski was born in Peterborough, Ontario, and grew up in rural Southern Ontario, near the small town of Burford. She began her studies at a small liberal arts college in Michigan. After a summer spent in Krakow studying the Polish language, Katherine decided to pursue her love of Slavic languages and culture and transferred to the University of Waterloo in the third year of her undergraduate studies.  

Caterina Katzer

Caterina Katzer

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Alice Kuzniar

Alice Kuzniar

Professor

Literary and cultural studies (animal studies, Romanticism, gender studies, homeopathy)

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Lisa Huehner

Lisa Huehner

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Michael Eppelmann

Michael Eppelmann

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Antje Riethmueller.

Antje Riethmueller

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Taylor Antoniazzi

Taylor Antoniazzi

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Natasha Dennis

MA Russian (2004)

Natasha Dennis (Kazanecki) BA ’03 (Slavic Studies), MA ’04 (Russian), Data and Information Specialist for ConnexONTARIO, says that it was the small class-sizes and friendly environment that attracted her to the Slavic Studies program during her BA.

Originally, an International Business student, Natasha was required to take an elective language course for her program. She was drawn to Russian because of her Polish/Russian heritage and she found that it in a smaller department it was a different experience than she was used to in a much larger program and so she switched programs.

James Thompson

BA German, Russian Minor (2000)

James Thompson, BA German, Russian minor ’00 says that he had originally came to uWaterloo for the French program but after spending a year in France he decided it was not right for him. With an open mind he took both German and Russian as electives in his first year and never looked back.

Kristin Yaworski

Kristin Yaworski

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Katharina Leuner.

Katharina Leuner

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Julia Baumann

Julia Baumann

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Myrto Provida

Myrto Provida

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Pia Hoffmann

Pia Hoffmann

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Anne Geyer

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

MA in German and Russian (2008)

Mark Wilkinson completed his MA in German and Russian in 2008, and has been traveling ever since! Immediately following his defence, he was on his way to the Canadian east coast. Being the musician that he is, he performed at various "open mic" nights along the way.  Mark says this was a well-earned reward after a final semester of very hard work.

Erica Swyers

Erica Swyers

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Grit Liebscher

Grit Liebscher

Professor and Department Chair

Applied linguistics (sociolinguistics, bilingualism, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, language and identity, German migration)

Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann

Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann

Graduate Student

Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann is a PhD candidate in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests are teacher education in foreign language teaching, vocabulary learning and teaching, attrition in bilingual speakers and the use of gestures in language teaching.

Sabrina Wuttke

Sabrina Wuttke

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Julia Roitsch

Julia Roitsch

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Misty Jackman

Misty Jackman

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

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Sara Ghaffarian

PhD German

Regine Zeller

Regine Zeller

MA German (2003)

Regine came to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as an exchange student in 2002. She tells us that she wanted to take part in the exchange with Waterloo ever since her first term at the University of Mannheim, even though she thought that the opportunity to study in Canada might be too good to be true! Regine speaks very highly of her time here, saying that her stay in Waterloo turned out even better than she had expected, especially academically. In fact, it was GER 600 that made her understand what studying literature is about. Regine is thankful to Prof.

Janina Krieger

Janina Krieger

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Paul Malone

Paul Malone

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Literary and cultural studies (film, performance theory, translation, graphic novels)

Mario Hirstein

Mario Hirstein

PhD German

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Aleksandra Srsa Benko

Part-time Lecturer

Aleksandra Srsa Benko, BA, M.Sc.Ed.

Visiting Lecturer of Croatian Language and Culture

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 33383

E-mail:  abenko@uwaterloo.ca

Office hours:  Monday and Wednesday 08:30-09:30 in ML 308

Education:  PhD Linguistics in progress, University of Zagreb

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Lori Straus

Lori Straus (Heffner)

MA German (2003)

Lori Straus, MA ’03 (German), Theatre Manager for the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, ON, says that although she is no longer  pursuing a career in academe, graduate studies at uWaterloo provided her with the skills and professionalism necessary to her career.

Daniela Roth

Daniela Roth

PhD German

Alissa Melitzer

Alissa Melitzer

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

 

Jessica Hamann

Jessica Hamann

MA German (2005)

Jessica Hamann graduated in 2005 with a Master of German degree. She came to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as an exchange student in 2004, and spend one year with us. She says that her time here was something she will always remember, and that it was a great experience.

After graduating, Jessica returned to Mannheim to finish her teaching degree. Jessica is working on her PhD at the University of Mannheim, and is also teaching there.

Michael Zimmermann

BA German (1984), PhD German (1987)

Dr. Michael Zimmermann BA ’84 (German), MA ’86 (from Queens) and PhD ’97, is currently an assistant professor at the University of Regina in the Department of International Languages. He didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue a career in academia, but it was the program and his mentors here at the Germanic and Slavic Studies department that really got him excited about his studies.

Anna Burkert

Anna Burkert

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Janice McGregor

Janice McGregor

MA German (2006)

Janice McGregor completed her Masters in German in the summer of 2006. After defending her thesis, she remained in Waterloo working part-time at Wilfrid Laurier as a German instructor for beginners. uWaterloo’s Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies also needed a temporary undergraduate secretary before hiring someone full-time, so Janice joined the GSS team until the spring of 2007.

Sonja Schaefer

Sonja Schaefer

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

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Vera Schielein

Part-time Lecturer

I am a German native speaker who started working as an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies in September 2016. I teach beginner German language courses and participate in the Certificate in University Language Teaching.

I studied teaching English as a foreign language and physical education in Germany. Being very passionate about both my disciplines, my final thesis paper investigated the effects of physical activity in the foreign language classroom.

Anita Panov (Wuchrer)

Anita Panov (Wuchrer)

MA Russian (2000)

Anita Panov (Wuchrer) MA Russian ‘00 is currently the Language Manager in Translation for Caterpillar® in Peoria, Illinois. Anita, a native of Germany, had the option of coming to uWaterloo and completing her MA in only one year as a part of the exchange program with the University of Mannheim which she said was an opportunity she could not turn down. 

Barbara Schmenk

Barbara Schmenk

Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

Applied linguistics (language education, gender studies) 

Geertruida de Rooij-Mohle

Geertruida de Rooij-Mohle

Part-time Lecturer

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have been fascinated with languages since I was very young. After studying translation and interpretation in Antwerp, Belgium, I came to the Université de Montréal for a M.A. in Linguistics. I settled with my family in Ontario in 2006 and started teaching Dutch at the University of Waterloo in 2011. 

Jasmin Hofer

Jasmin Hofer

Honours German Co-op (2008)

Jasmin immigrated to Canada with her family when she was two years old, and grew up on a dairy farm outside of Waterloo. Jasmin says that she was drawn to uWaterloo because she felt it offered her the most challenge and opportunities in her areas of interest: German language, business, and cycling. She says she has accomplished even more than she expected: she earned two German specializations, graduated from the Honours Co-op Program, went on exchange to Germany, earned a Specialization in International Trade, and even started her own company!

Ina Bendig.

Ina Bendig

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Jeff Lapalme

Jeff Lapalme

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Patrick Myles

Patrick Myles

BA German (1987)

Patrick Myles BA ’87 (German) MBA ’89 (Wilfrid Laurier University), Director of Corporate Communications at DALSA says that his Bachelor  of Arts at uWaterloo provided him with the skill set and broad base of knowledge necessary for a career in communications at an international company.

Louisa Morick

Louisa Morick

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Kyle Massia

Kyle Massia

PhD German

Elena Apostolova-Ross

Elena Apostolova-Ross

MA Russian (2002)

Elena Apostolova-Ross, MA Russian ’02, was not a typical student when she arrived at the University of Waterloo. She had already earned a 5-year MA equivalent degree from the Moldovian State University and had 12 years experience teaching Russian language and literature courses to foreign students at the university level.

Kyle Scholz

Kyle Scholz

PhD German

Stefanie Templin

Stefanie Templin

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Alex Johne

Alexandra Johne

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Melanie Weiss

Melanie Weiß

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Anne-Kristin Buhl

Anne-Kristin Buhl

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Olaf Naese

Olaf Naese

Joint BA German & Sociology (1975)

Olaf Naese, Joint BA '75 (German & Sociology), Communications and Public Relations Administrator for Co-operative Education & Career Services here atuWaterloo says that he would not have done things differently during his time as a student. Although he does not get to use his German language skills day-to-day, he finds that it was the discipline and the writing skills that he developed during his degree that have proved most valuable to him in his career. 

Viktoriya Melnykevych

Viktoriya Melnykevych

Part-time Lecturer

Dr. Viktoriya Melnykevych completed her MA in German at the University of Toronto and received her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2012.  She has taught language and translation courses at McMaster University and University of Toronto.

emma betz

Emma Betz

Associate Professor

Applied linguistics (conversation analysis, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics)

Katharina Schroeder

Katharina Schroeder

PhD German

Richard Barnett

Richard Barnett

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Susan Johnston

BA German (1996)

Susan Johnston graduated with a BA in German in 1996. She says her time here was fabulous. Susan not only earned her degree, but also went on the Waterloo in Germany Exchange Program and on the Werkstudentenprogram, and spent co-op terms in Canada and Germany. After she left our department, Susan went on to study at Carton University, at the Normal Paterson School of International Affairs and earned her MA in International Affairs in 2006.

Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Karen Busche

Karen Busche

Part-time Lecturer

Karen Busche is an adjunct lecturer and started working at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies in September 2015. She teaches two GER 101 courses and also takes part in CULT.

Hannah Oestreich.

Hannah Oestreich

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Friederike Schlein

Friederike Schlein

PhD German

Michael Boehringer

Michael Boehringer

Associate Professor

Literary and cultural studies (19th-21st-century Austrian literature, gender and migration studies, masculinity studies)

Mat Schulze

Mat Schulze

Professor

Applied linguistics (computer-assisted language learning, complex systems, bilingualism)

Alexander Sullivan

Alexander Sullivan

PhD German

Barbara Kehler

Barbara Kehler

MA German (2007)

Barbara Kehler came from Germany as an exchange student to Waterloo in 2006 to complete her MA. She tells us her experiences as an exchange student were great, and that it surprised her how quickly she was able to feel at home here. She said that it was largely due to the help she received during her first few weeks here that made the transition to a Canadian university easier.

Judith Hallwachs

Judith Hallwachs

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Stefanie Odenthal

Stefanie Odenthal

MA German Studies

Irina Pavlova

Irina Pavlova

MA Russian Studies (2006)

Iryna graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in in Russian studies in 2006, and is now pursuing a MEd Degree in Second Language Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto.

Teaching foreign languages has always been a passion of hers and she is happy that in addition to teaching English, she has learnt and practiced teaching Russian at the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies.

Wes Lindinger

Wes Lindinger

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Svetlana Borodina.

Svetlana Borodina

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Tobias Sedlmaier

Tobias Sedlmaier

MA German

Mareike Springer

Mareike Springer

MA German Studies

Belinda Kleinhans.

Belinda Kleinhans

PhD German (2013)

Read why Belinda chose to study German at uWaterloo

Belinda Kleinhans joined the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as a Master’s student in 2006 and returned as a PhD candidate in 2008. Her research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, literature and film within a posthumanist and poststructuralist framework. The main areas of her research are Cultural and Literary Animal Studies, film studies with a focus on the construction of gendered identities, national myth creation, and 20th-century German literature.

Judith Linneweber

Judith Linneweber

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Elizabeth Wendy Milne

Elizabeth Wendy Milne

Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Ann Marie Rasmussen

Ann Marie Rasmussen

Professor and Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies

Literary & cultural studies. German medieval, gender, and literary studies.

Jennifer Redler

Jennifer Redler

MA Intercultural German Studies (2014)

Jennifer Redler graduated from the joint-MA program in Intercultural German Studies in 2014. Her MA thesis was entitled "Unrechtsstaat or 'Normal' State? Authenticity and the Portrayal of the German Democratic Republic on Film” and dealt with opposing versions of East German history as presented on film.

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