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.

Full Time Faculty

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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. 
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Todd Herzog

Professor in the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies and the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies. Director of the Niehoff Center for Film and Media Studies and the Digital Media Collaborative., German Studies

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Todd Herzog holds faculty appointments in the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies and the Department of Asian, East European, and 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 and has published over three dozen articles on topics ranging from the modernist crime story to the representation of history in the films of Quentin Tarantino. He is currently working on a book project on Vienna’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

Japanese Literature and Culture, German Studies

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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Jade Yuh-Hwan Lin

Adjunct Instructor, German Studies

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Jade Yuhhwan Lin has been teaching modern Chinese language culture at the University of Cincinnati since year 2000. She serves as TAG (Transfer Assurance Guide) panel lead; also a member and regional coordinator for Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese. She participates and organizes annual workshops with fellow Chinese teachers for professional developments. She teaches different levels of the target language including begining, intermediate, advance, and AP courses. She started the Chinese program at St. Xavier High School and taught there for many years. She  serves as a co-chair of the Cincinnati and New Taipei City Sister City Committee. They lead high school students exchange program to Taiwan since 2012. She also volunteered being a guide and chaperone to groups of students visiting China. Her teaching pedagogy is using interactive instructional models to engage student learning, and using many online tools and authentic meterials from media. Her goal is to build students to become a lifelong learner and to reach their highest potential. 
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Junko Markovich

Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, German Studies

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Junko Markovich has been teaching Japanese at UC since 2009. She has served as a faculty advisor to UC's student organization, Japanese American Student Society (JASS) since 2013. JASS promotes cultural exchange between UC students, Japanese exchange students, and local Japanese communities through various events and activities. She also served as Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ)'s vice president, and was recently elected OATJ President for 2022-2024. The mission of OATJ is to promote and improve the study and teaching of Japanese in Ohio and offers professional development workshops twice a year for both K-12 and college teachers. 
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Dinshaw Mistry

Professor, International Affairs & Asian Studies
Head, Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies
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  Dinshaw Mistry is a Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and Head of the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies. 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 / 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. 
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Tanja U Nusser

Professor of German Studies & Director of Graduate Studies; Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies, German Studies

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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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Peter Rehberg

Assoc Professor - Visiting, German Studies

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Landon Reitz

Asst Professor - Visiting, German Studies

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Landon Reitz is a Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his PhD in German and Medieval Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on the representation of reading in medieval and modern German literature. His current research projects explore digital modes of reading, medieval mystical practices, and contemporary German-languages narratives of migration. He is a member of the DFG-funded research network on reading in the 21st century.
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Randall James Rowe

Assistant Professor - Visiting, German Studies

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Randall Rowe is Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Instructional Lead for the UC Startalk program in Russian language. He comes from the PhD program in Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University. He has a B.A. from Michigan State University and M.A.s from New York University and The Ohio State University. He is currently writing on migration to and from the Russian federation and media responses to these migrations. His areas of expertise are Cultural studies, Gender and Sexuality studies, Russian and Polish literature, film and media. 
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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

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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.

Adjunct Faculty

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Michiko Araki

Adjunct Instructor, German Studies

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Hung Chun Hu

Instructor - Adj, German Studies

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Aaron (Hung-Chun) Hu teaches Chinese language and culture classes at the University of Cincinnati. He comes from Taiwan, and is teaching at UC via the Taiwan Huayu Best (Bilingual Exchange Teaching) program. He has taught Chinese for the past six years at various programs in Taiwan, Panama, and Thailand. His has a Masters of Teaching Chinese as a second language degree, from the National Taiwan Normal University.
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Akiko Marui

Instructor - Adjunct, German Studies

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Jacob William Somerlot

Instructor - Adj, German Studies

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Tomoko Tsuzuki-Deboer

Instructor - Adjunct, German Studies

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Elaine M Dunker

Financial Administrator 1, German Studies



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Cam Kruse

Program Manager, German Studies

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Cam Kruse is the Program Manager for the departments of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) and Asian, East European, and German Studies (AEEGS). He completed his undergraduate career at the University of Louisville in 2017, completing a BSBA in Business Marketing, with minors in French and Entrepreneurship. He obtained his MA in French Studies with a focus on Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2022.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, traveling, and exploring the depths of foreign language acquisition and teaching.
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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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Natalie Marie Ford

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

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Maya Annette Gulani

Graduate Assistant, 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

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

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Anna Maria Senuysal

Graduate Assistant, German Studies

Anna-Maria Senuysal is a fifth-year candidate in the dual PhD program at the Universities of Cincinnati and Duisburg Essen. Her dissertation project is an anamnesis of Enlightenment thought in 21st century art - an inquiry of the state of enlightenment against the backdrop of current debates around the anthro-, techno- or capitalocene that inquires whether it is possible for art to think and conceptualize forms of being and thinking beyond enlightenment and anthropocentrism. In terms of specific research endeavors, she is also interested in the concept of Verrückung (dislocation) as a deterritorializing textual movement in dramatic texts. Currently, she is working on a multi-venue project on Milo Rau - Political Theatre of the Future? together with Tanja Nusser and Teresa Kovacs.

Broader interests include late 18th to early 19th century German literature, drama theory, movement and migration in the 21st century, and the intersection of (post-)colonialism and ecology, or ecology-as-intersectionality.

"Counterarchives, Appropriation and the Disobedient Gaze: Archival Structures in Ursula Biemann’s Contained Mobility and Charles Heller’s & Lorenzo Pezzani’s Death by Rescue", TRANSIT vol. 13, no. 2, University of Berkeley California, 2022.

‘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, 2019.


co-edited with Mareike Lange: focus on German Studies. Special Issue: Spielformen des Authentischen. Vol. 27. University of Cincinnati, 2020.

co-edited with Tanja Nusser and Todd Herzog: 25 Years Berlin Republic. Reflections on/of German Unification (1990-2015), Fink 2019.

co-edited with Mareike Lange and Ellen Chew: focus on German Studies. Vol. 28. University of Cincinnati, 2019.
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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