Research interests

You can also have a look at some current projects of graduate students and faculty members.

Faculty member Education Research interests Selected research
Emma Betz PhD, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applied linguistics (conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, pragmatics)

  • Betz, E. "Quote – unquote in one variety of German: Two interactional functions of pivot constructions used as frames for quotation in Siebenbürger Sächsisch." Journal of Pragmatics, 54 (2013): 16-34.
  • Betz, E. (2011). "Word choice, turn construction, and topic management in German conversation: Adverbs that are sensitive to interactional positioning." In Mike Putnam (Ed.), Studies on German-Language Islands (pp. 415-454). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Betz, E. (2008). Grammar and Interaction: Pivots in German ConversationAmsterdam: Benjamins.
Michael Boehringer PhD, Queen's

Literary and cultural studies (Austrian literature, with a special focus on  gender and masculinity)

  • Boehringer, Michael, and Susanne Hochreiter, eds. Zeitenwende: Österreichische Literatur seit dem Millennium 2000-2010. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2011.
  • Boehringer, Michael. “Fantasies of White Masculinity in Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Andreas Thameyers letzter Brief’ (1900).” German Quarterly 84.1 (2011): 80-96.
Alice Kuzniar PhD, Princeton

Literary and cultural studies (literary and cultural theory, women and gender studies, Romanticism)

  • Kuzniar, Alice. “Diasporic Queers: Reading for the Intersections of Alterities in Recent German Cinema.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. James Skidmore and Gabriele Mueller. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. 245-64.
  • Kuzniar, Alice. Melancholia’s Dog: Reflections on Our Animal Kinship. University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Grit Liebscher PhD, Texas at Austin

Applied linguistics (discourse analysis and sociolinguistics)

  • Liebscher, Grit and Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain. "Constructing Identities Through Laughter." Studies of Laughter in Interaction. Ed. Phillip Glenn and Liz Holt. London/New York: Continuum Press/Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013. 234-57.
  • Tetyana Reichert and Grit Liebscher. "Positioning the expert: word searches, expertise, and learning opportunities in peer interaction." Modern Language Journal 96, 4 (2012): 595-605.
Paul Malone PhD, British Columbia

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

  • Malone, Paul. "Transcultural Hybridization in Home-Grown German Manga." Intercultural Crossovers, Transcultural Flows: Manga/Comics. Global Manga Studies, Vol. 2 Ed. Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, 2012. 49-60.
Tetyana Reichert PhD, Waterloo

Applied linguistics

  • Reichert, Tetyana and Grit Liebscher. "Positioning the expert: word searches, expertise, and learning opportunities in peer interaction." Modern Language Journal 96, 4 (2012): 595-605. Print.
Barbara Schmenk Dr phil, Bochum

Applied linguistics (foreign language education, gender studies, and cultural theory)

  • Barbara Schmenk and John Plews, ed. Traditions and Transitions. Curricula for German. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2013.
  • Schmenk, Barbara.  “Die Selbstkonstruktion von Lehrenden im Spannungsfeld zwischen Mehrsprachigkeit und dem Ideal der native speaker Kompetenz.”  Globalisierung, Migration, Fremdsprachenunterricht.  Ed. Andreas  Grünewald. Hohengehren: Schneider,  2012. 101-12. Print.
  • Schmenk, Barbara and Paula Meara.  “Applied Linguistics.”  Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning (2nd, rev. ed.). Eds. Michael Byram and Adelheid Hu. New York:  Routledge, 2012. 35-39. Print.
Mathias Schulze PhD, UMIST

Applied linguistics (computer-assisted language learning)

  • Schulze, Mathias. “Learner Modeling.” The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Ed. Carol A. Chapelle. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.  Online n.p. and Print.
  • Schulze, Mathias and Trude Heift. "Intelligent CALL." Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning. London: Bloomsbury, 2012. 249-65. Print.
James M. Skidmore PhD, Princeton

Literary and cultural studies (comparative literature; politics in contemporary German culture)

  • Gabriele Mueller and James M. Skidmore, eds.  Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012.