The faculty listing for the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies is below. Please click their name to be taken to a description of the nature of their work, research areas, teaching, and more.

Tenure-Track Faculty

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Todd Herzog

Professor and Head of German Studies and Director of the Niehoff Center for Film and Media Studies and the Digital Media Collaborative., German Studies

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Todd Herzog is Professor and Head of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also directs the Digital Media Collaborative and the Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies. He is author or editor of six books, most recently25Years Berlin Republic(Wilhelm Fink, 2019). He co-edited the Journal of Austrian Studies 2011-2021 and has published over three dozen articles on topics rangingfrom the modernist crime story to the representation of history in the films ofQuentin Tarantino. He is currently working on a book project onVienna’s Prater and the History of Amusement.
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Mikiko Hirayama

Associate Professor of Japanese Art History, German Studies

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Professor Hirayama ​teaches courses on Japanese and Chinese art history.  
Her research focuses on Japanese art criticism of the early twentieth century. Her recent publications include  “Inner Beauty: Kishida Ryūsei (1891-1929)’s Theory of Realism.” Edited by Minh Nguyen. New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics:  Philosophy, Politics, Culture, Literature, and the Arts. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017,  “Ishii Hakutei and the Journal Hōsun.”  Edited by Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Riegle Newland, and Maureen de Vries. Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900-1960. Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2015, “‘Fictionalized Truth’: Realism as the Vehicle for War Painting” in Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960 (2012),  “From Art without Borders to Art for the Nation: Japanist (Nihonshugi) Painting by Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai during the 1930s” in Monumenta Nipponica (2010), and Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century (co-editor, 2005).  

She has delivered papers at venues such as the College Art Association conference, Association for Asian Studies conference, and Asian Studies Conference Japan.   Hirayama's service to the field included serving as an anonymous reviewer for Art Bulletin and Ars Orientalis.

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Gergana Ivanova

Director of Asian Studies, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, German Studies

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Gergana Ivanova's scholarly interests include the reception of Heian period (794-1185) literature from the seventeenth century to the present, early modern (1603-1867) erotic and didactic literature, and present-day manga representations of the past. Her first book Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic ( examines the transformations of The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon (Makura no sōshi, 11th c.) from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries in Japan as documented in a variety of sources, including scholarly commentaries, erotic parodies, instruction manuals for women, high-school textbooks, and comic books. Unbinding The Pillow Book was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2019 by Choice and as one of the Seminary Co-op Notable books for 2021.

Ivanova's recent publications explore the role of Japanese "classics" in manga ( She is also completing a co-translation of One Hundred Exemplary Women, One Poem Each (Retsujo hyakunin isshu, 1847 Her current book project centers on the eroticization of tenth- and eleventh-century women writers in early modern Japan.

Ivanova teaches courses in Japanese literary and visual culture. 
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Dinshaw Mistry

Professor, German Studies

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  Dinshaw Mistry is a Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He has also been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. 
  He specializes in international relations, security studies, Asian security, and technology and politics. Within these fields, his research covers two main areas: nuclear and missile proliferation, and South Asian security and US foreign policy in the region. 
  Dr. Mistry is author of two major books and co-author and editor of a third. The first, Containing Missile Proliferation, is a comprehensive study of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and its impact on 14 missile programs; it also analyzes the supply-side approach to nonproliferation. The second, The US-India Nuclear Agreement, offers the most detailed analysis of nuclear negotiations with India; it highlights the impact of domestic politics on nuclear diplomacy. The third is an edited volume, Enduring and Emerging Issues in South Asian Security, where he authored the leading chapters on US foreign policy interests in South Asia, ranging from strategic issues to democracy and development, and regional challenges in these areas.
  His additional writings appear in journals such as International SecuritySecurity StudiesAsian SurveyPolitical Science Quarterly, Asian Security, and Arms Control Today, and in the International Herald TribuneNew York Times, and Washington Post
  His current research projects examine regional nuclear issues and the global arms control regime; the new dimensions of missile proliferation and missile defense; and US foreign policy in South Asia and its implications for Asian security. 
  At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mistry directed the program in Asian Studies and developed the curriculum in security studies.
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Tanja U Nusser

German Studies & Film / Media Studies and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies, German Studies

742 Old Chemistry Building


Tanja Nusser is interested in animals, artificial reproductions and artificial humans, science (and maybe mad scientist too), in terror and catastrophes, and questions of the real. Her main research interests are literature since the 19th century, film studies, and history of science, disability studies, and gender studies, postcolonial and transnational theory.

She is author of a book on the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger (2001) and one on artificial reproductions in literature and film (2011). She is co-editor of the book series Szenen / Schnittstellen (Fink Verlag, Germany) and co-edited volumes on the Berlin Republic. Reflections on / of German Unification (1990-2015) (2019), Kathrin Röggla (2017), Catastrophe and Catharsis: Perspective on Disaster and Redemption in German Culture and Beyond (2015), Engineering Life. Narrationen vom Menschen in Biomedizin, Kultur und Literatur (2008), Askese. Geschlecht und Geschichte der Selbstdisziplinierung (2005), Rasterfahndungen. Darstellungstechniken – Normierungsverfahren – Wahrnehmungskonstitution (2003), Techniken der Reproduktion. Medien – Leben – Diskurse (2002) and Krankheit und Geschlecht: Diskursive Affären zwischen Literatur und Medizin (2002).
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Sunnie Rucker-Chang

Slavic and East European Studies Program Director, UC STARTALK Workforce Media Development and Year-Long Russian Immersion Programs, German Studies

731 Old Chemistry Building


Sunnie Rucker-Chang
PhD, Ohio State University, 2010 (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang's primary interests lie in contemporary cultural movements and identity formation in Central and Southeast Europe. She writes primarily on racial and cultural formations, minority-majority and minority-minority relations in Southeast Europe. She is co-editor and contributor to Cultures of Mobility and Alterity: Crossing the Balkans and Beyond (with Yana Hashamova and Oana Popescu-Sandu) (forthcoming, University of Liverpool Pres, 2022), co-author of Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (Cambridge, 2020), and co-editor of and contributor to Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2011). Her work has appeared in Critical Romani StudiesEuropeNow! - A Journal of Research and Art, Interventions: Journal of Post-Colonial Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Slavic and East European Journal, and Slavic Review. She is currently finishing a monograph focusing on the politics of Blackness in former Yugoslav states that challenges conventional ideas of race and racialization in the Balkans and connects the region to broad trends in European Studies.

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Evan Torner

Associate Professor of German Studies and Film / Media Studies; Undergraduate Director of German Studies; Director, UC Game Lab, German Studies

730 Old Chemistry Building


Evan Torner defended his dissertation on race representation in East German genre cinema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, and spent 2013-2014 at Grinnell College as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. He has published several articles pertaining to East Germany, critical race theory, DEFA Indianerfilme, science-fiction, transnational genre cinema, and game studies, as well as co-edited several books. His volume Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Role-Playing and Participatory Media co-edited with William J. White was published with McFarland Publishing in 2012, and he is one of the founding editors of the Analog Game Studies journal ( His major projects underway include the Handbook of East German Cinema: The DEFA Legacy, co-edited with Henning Wrage and under contract with Walter De Gruyter, and a monograph entitled A Century and Beyond: Critical Readings of German Science-Fiction Cinema.

Educator Faculty

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Megan Boyd

Asst Professor, German Studies

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Megan Boyd primarily examines female audiences' relationship to comedy in film and media. Her research areas more generally encompass film humor, American silent cinema, theater, genre classification and feminine taste cultures. She is currently completing a book project, The Rise of Feature Comedy: Female Audiences and American Film Humor, which asserts that female patrons profoundly shaped the development of feature-length comedy in 1910s American cinema. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in Journal of Cinema and Media StudiesFilm History and Early Popular Visual Culture. 
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Noriko Fujioka-Ito

Professor-Educator and Director of Japanese Language and Culture Program , German Studies

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Noriko Fujioka-Ito earned Ph. D. and MA degrees majoring in Foreign and Second Language Education with Japanese Linguistics and Educational Research minors from the Ohio State University.  She has been teaching and coordinating Japanese language courses at the University of Cincinnati. 

Adjunct Faculty

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Michiko Araki

Adjunct Instructor, German Studies

740 Old Chemistry Building

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Hung Chun Hu

Instructor - Adj, German Studies

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Emiko Kuisel

German Studies

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Jade Yuh-Hwan Lin

Adjunct Instructor, German Studies

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Jade Yuhhwan Lin is an adjunct faculty teaching modern Chinese language and culture at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a member and regional coordinator of Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese where she participates and organizes annual workshops with fellow Chinese teachers for professional developments. She teaches different levels of the target language including AP courses. She started the Chinese program at St. Xavier High School and taught there for many years. She also volunteered being a guide and chaperone to groups of students visiting China, working on the sister cities high school students exchange programs to Taiwan, served as a medical interpreter at Children's Hospital and others. Her teaching pedagogy is using interactive instructional models to engage student learning, and using the tools. A of technology to help them become a lifelong learner and to reach their highest potential. 
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Junko Markovic

Adjunct Instructor, German Studies

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Akiko Marui

Instructor - Adjunct, German Studies

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Petersen Williams Niehoff

Adjunct Assistant Professor, German Studies

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Katherine Hope Paul

Instructor - Adj, German Studies

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Katherine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and German from Northern Kentucky University in December 2011. After completing her Master's at UC in Spring 2014, she accepted a scholarship from the Verband der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Clubs, e.V. (VDAC) and studied at the Universität Bielefeld under Prof. Dr. Walter Erhart. She returned to UC in Fall 2015 as a Ph.D. student, achieving candidacy in April 2016. She received a Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Dissertation Fellowship for the year of 2017-18 and was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship for 2018-2019, where she researched in Berlin at the Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv. Her dissertation project examines Robert Wilson's Faust I+II and the Faust legend.

During her tenure at UC, she has served as President (2016-2018), Secretary (2015-2016), and Vice President (2013-2014) of the German Graduate Student Association (GGSA). She coordinated in 2014 as well co-coordinated the annual German Day event in 2013, 2017, and 2018. She co-coordinated the 20th (2015) and coordinated the 21st (2016) Focus on German Studies Conference, and served as Co-Editor of the Focus on German Studies graduate student journal for its 23rd volume (Fall 2018) and as Editor-in-Chief of the 24th volume (Fall 2018). 

Her academic interests include German literature and drama since the 16th century, Theatre Studies, German-American Studies, Spanish Language and Cultural Studies, Music History and Theory, and Film and Media Studies.
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Jacob William Somerlot

Instructor - Adj, German Studies

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Tomoko Tsuzuki-Deboer

Instructor - Adjunct, German Studies

740 Old Chemistry Building

Affiliate Faculty

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Valerie A. Weinstein

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Niehoff Professor of Film and Media Studies, A&S Women's Studies

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Valerie Weinstein earned her PhD in German Studies with a concentration in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University in 2000. She came to UC in 2012 after having served on the faculty at Williams College, University of Nevada, Reno, and Tulane University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, from Feminist Theory to Nazi Cinema. Prof. Weinstein is the author of Antisemitism in Film Comedy in Nazi Germany (Indiana University Press, 2019) and co-editor, with Barbara Hales and Mihaela Petrescu, of Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema 1928-1936  (Camden House, 2016) and, with Barbara Hales, of Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema (Berghahn Books, 2021). Weinstein has authored refereed articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and Jewishness in German film between the two world wars, and on other topics ranging from early twentieth-century anthropological film footage to Turkish-German literature, to music videos by the heavy metal band Rammstein.

Visiting Faculty

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Svea Suzanne Braeunert

DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, A&S German Studies

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Svea Braeunert is DAAD Visiting Associate Professor in German Studies and Film and Media Studies. Her research interests include visual and digital culture, photography, time-based media, and memory studies. She is the author of Gespenstergeschichten: Der linke Terrorismus der RAF und die Künste (Kadmos 2015) and co-author and co-curator of Method: Sasha Kurmaz (Kehrer 2016) and To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare (University of Chicago Press 2016) . Her reflection on the exhibition was published as To See Without Being Seen: Critical Concepts and Curatorial Approaches Informing the Exhibition on Contemporary Art, Drones, and Surveillance. In: Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus. Volume 13, Issue 1 (2019): 39-56. (co-authored with Meredith Malone).

Svea Braeunert's current book project addresses "Media Cultures of Drone Warfare." Parts of the project were presented as "Cultures of Drone Warfare: Thinking About the (Un)Seen" at the Night of Philosophy and Ideas at Brooklyn Public Library, and as the keynote "Nebenschauplätze: Looking Askew in Contemporary Art" at the Cornell Graduate Student Conference Flanking Maneuvers: Das Laterale Denken.

Her CV provides more information on her academic life, and her conversation with the DAAD gives some personal insights into her experience of living and working in the US.



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Elaine M Dunker

Financial Administrator 1, German Studies



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Steve R Hofferber

Program Manager, German Studies

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Jennifer M Lange

Business Administrator, German Studies



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Hannah Frances Young

Program Coordinator, German Studies

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Graduate Students

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Barbara Antonie Besendorfer

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

Barbara Besendorfer is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati and is working as a Teaching Assistant in the department. She earned a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Regensburg in Germany. Her research focuses on the representation of women in Weimar Republic mass media with an emphasis on childless women. Broader research interests include food and nutrition in 19th-century literature and philosophy and performances of Milo Rau. Currently, she is the book review editor of the focus on German Studies Journal.
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Laura Diaz Perez

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

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Natalie Marie Ford

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

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Maya Annette Gulani

Student Worker, German Studies

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Mareike Lange

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

Mareike Lange, is currently a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She finished her Master's thesis entitled: "Die männliche Herrschaft und die weibliche Lebensführung: Der vergeschlechtlichte Habitus in Arthur Schnitzlers Frau Berta Garlan“ in 2019. During her time as an undergraduate student in Education and Sociology at the University of Potsdam in Germany, she worked in an institution for children who need regulatory action from social services. She wrote assessments for the youth welfare office and was part of care planning discussions. Her research interests are in intellectual history, social history and theory, gender studies, and sociolinguistics, focusing on the writings of the Frankfurt School, Michel Foucault, Karl Marx, and Pierre Bourdieu.
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Anna Philipp

German Studies

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Anna Maria Senuysal

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

Anna-Maria Senuysal is a fourth-year candidate in the dual PhD program at the Universities of Cincinnati and Duisburg Essen. Her dissertation project engages with the negotiation of aesthetics, aisthesis and language through dislocation as a textmovement in German drama between 1790 and 1970, whereas broader research interests include 18th and early 19th century literature as well as questions of contemporary movement and migration in  various media formats. Her publications include “ ‘This is Africa – Agency, Representation and the Employment of Master Narratives in Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond” (Andererseits. Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies, VOL. 7/8), as well as 25 Years Berlin Republic. Reflections on/of German Unification (1990-2015), co-edited with Tanja Nusser and Todd Herzog. Currently, she is working on a multi-venue project on Milo Rau - Political Theatre of the Future? together with Tanja Nusser and Teresa Kovacs.
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Wesley Taylor

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

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Kayla Andrea Weiglein

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

Kayla Weiglein is currently pursuing a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Cincinnati and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the German Studies Department. Kayla received her MA in German Studies from the University of Kentucky where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant and taught in Munich as part of a Education Abroad program. Kayla has taught beginner and intermediate level courses at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, and the Montessori High School Inc. She has also tutored college level and high school students at Kentucky Educational Television and Listen and Learn. 
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Saskia Ziemacki

Graduate Assistant, German Studies