I am associate professor of German in the department of foreign languages at Elon University. I joined the Elon faculty in 2002 and received my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina that same year. From 2008-2012 I served as chair of the department, and prior to that I served as the director of language learning technologies.

I am a member of the German Studies Association and the American Association of Teachers of German.


Students in my courses learn language by exploring culture and society—right from day one. My students are exposed to Germany's fascinating and complex society; its turbulent history; its consummate art, music, film, and literature; and its central role in 21st-century politics and business.

In 2008 I received the excellence in teaching award in the college of arts & sciences.

Read about the courses I teach, including recent syllabi, or read my teaching philosophy.

Learn more about Elon's German program, including study abroad, Business German, and the German Studies minor.


I have two primary areas of research, both of which inform my teaching and therefore benefit my students directly. One is teaching methodologies and curricular design, including the position of language study in today's society.

The second is the ways Germany is portrayed in the arts and the media, particularly in the wake of Nazism.

See samples of my recent work.