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PhDs, 2001-present

May 2015

Maggie Gemmell
Semantic Role Alignment in Metaphor: A Frame Semantic Approach to Metaphoric Meaning
Dr. Hans Boas

Amanda Ziemba Randall
Translating the Discipline: On the Institutional Memory of German Volkskunde, 1945 to Present
Dr. Katherine Arens

December 2014

Karin Maxey
Literacy Development and Intercultural Learning: Using Reading Journals in Collegiate Beginning-level German Instruction
Dr. Cori Crane

December 2013

Angela Ferguson
Women's Writing and Writing Women in the Seventeenth Century: An Examination of the Works of Sibylle Schwartz and Susanne Elisabeth Zeidler
Dr. Peter Hess

May 2013

Anja Moehring 
Argument Marking with Prepositions in German: A Constructional Approach to auf (‘on’)
Dr. Hans Boas

August 2012

Bradley Boovy
Men Reading Men: Homophile Magazines in 1950s West Germany
Dr. Sabine Hake

Jason Williamson
Mutable Terrorism: Gerhard Richter, Hans-Peter Feldmann, and the Cultural Memory of Germany's Red Army Faction
Dr. Pascale Bos

May 2012

Rob Kohn
The Language of Uncertainly in W.G. Sebald's Novels
Dr. Pascale Bos

December 2011

Guido Halder
A Frame-Semantic Approach to Selectional Restrictions in German Support Verb Constructions: The Case of [In X Geraten]
Dr. Hans Boas

May 2011

Judith Atzler
Twist In The List: Frame Semantics As Vocabulary Teaching and Learning Tool
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

Berna Gueneli
Challenging European Borders: Fatih Akin's Filmic Visions Of Europe
Dr. Sabine Hake

Mariana Ivanova
DEFA and East European Cinemas: Co-Productions, Transnational Exchange and Artistic Collaborations
Dr. Sabine Hake

Jan Uelzmann
Bonn, the Transitional Capital and its Founding Discourses, 1948-1963
Dr. Sabine Hake and Dr. Philip Broadbent

Vince Vanderheijden
Intercultural Communicative Competence: Assessing Outcomes of an Undergraduate German Language Program
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

December, 2010

James Kearney
Friedrichsburg by Friedrich Armand Strubberg: Translated and Annotated by James C. Kearney
Dr. Janet Swaffar and Dr. Hans Boas

August 2010

Carla Ghanem
Exploring Identities Among Graduate Instructors of German: Instructors' Beliefs About Teaching Language and Culture
Dr. Zsuszanna Abrams

December 2009

Karen A. Roesch
Texas Alsatian: Henri Castro's Legacy
Dr. Hans Boas

August 2009

Jennifer Marie Powers
Re-Appropriating the Catholic Imaginary: Discourse Strategies and the Struggle for Modernization in Late Nineteenth-Century Religious Fiction
Dr. Katherine Arens and Dr. James M. Boyden (ad hoc PhD Program)

August 2008    

Judith Hammer
Culture via Television: Investigating the Effects of a German Television Serial on the Perceptions of Fourth-Semester German Language Classes
Dr. Janet Swaffar and Dr. Katherine Arens

Kari Lie
Virtual Communication: An Investigation of Foreign Language Interaction in a Distance Education Course in Norwegian
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

May 2008  

Lee Holt
Mountains, Mountaineering and Modernity: A Cultural History of German and Austrian Mountaineering, 1900-1945
Dr. Sabine Hake and Dr. David Crew

Martin Kley
All Work and No Play? Labor, Literature and Industrial Modernity on the Weimar Left
Dr. Sabine Hake

May 2007    

Jayson Galler
Logic and Argumentation in the Book of Concord
Dr. Robert Koons and Dr. Susanne Hafner (ad hoc PhD Program)

Daniela Richter
“Die Sanfte Bitte:” Women’s Writing on Female Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Dr. Kirsten Belgum

December 2006    

Sebastian Heiduschke
The Afterlife of DEFA: Characteristics, Traditions, and Cultural Legacy of the Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft after German Unification
Dr. Kirsten Belgum

August 2006    

Björn Freitag
Defeated Heroes: Constructions of Masculinity in Weimar Republic Battlefield Novels
Dr. Katherine Arens

Heiko Wiggers
Reevaluating Diglossia: Data from Low German
Dr. Hans Boas

May 2006    

Ann Keller-Lally
Effect of Task-Type and Group Size on Foreign Language Learner Output in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

December 2005   

Matthew Michael Conner
Preparing Student for the Upper-Division Literature/Culture Classroom: A Multiple Literacies Approach
Dr. Katherine Arens and Dr. Janet Swaffar

Jennifer Van Hyning
Narrating the Self: Realism in the Works of Theodor Fontane and Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
Dr. Kirsten Belgum

May 2005  

Elena-Maria Chandler
Trauma as a Narrative Of the Sublime: The Semiotics of Silence
Dr. Peter Hess

Vera Middelkamp
"Wir Haben die Firma gewechselt, aber der Laden ist der alte geblieben": Kurt Tucholsky and the Medialized Public Sphere of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)
Dr. Kirsten Belgum

Tina Oestreich
Exploring the Use of Anchored Instruction in Intermediate Level German Foreign Language Education
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

December 2004    

Cecilia Pick
Rhetoric of the Author Presentation: The Case of Maria Sibylla Merian
Dr. Peter Hess

Harry Louis Roddy, Jr.
Germany's Poetic Miscreants on the Road: From Beat Poetics to Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Nicolas Born and Jürgen Theobaldy
Dr. Janet Swaffar

May 2004  

Stefanie Christine Borst
Context and Comprehension: A Cross Cultural Comparison of Germans and Americans Reading Authentic Texts
Dr. Janet Swaffar

Ivan Eidt
Deus Absconditus: Gnosticism, the Secularization Process, and Philosophical Modernity in the Works of Rainer Maria Rilke
Dr. Lars Gustafsson and Dr. Kirsten Belgum   

Agnieszka Barbara Nance
Nation Without a State: Imagining Poland in the Nineteenth Century
Dr. Katherine Arens

Anne Reitz
Reforming the State by Re-Forming the Family: Imagining the Romantic Mother in Pedagogy and Letters, 1790-1813
Dr. Katherine Arens

December 2003    

David Randolph Franklin James
The Second Generation: Language Use among Migrants in Berlin
Dr. Hans Boas

John Mark Stewart
The Fundamental Difference Between Child and Adult Language Acquisition: A Longitudinal, Naturalistic Study of Parameter Resetting in Swedish Interlanguage
Dr. Mark Southern

August 2003       

Jennifer Elizabeth Roberts
Examining the Cohesion of the Four-Year German Language Program: A Case Study of the University of Texas at Austin
Drs. Frank Donahue and Zsuzsanna Abrams
Douglas Peter A. Simms
Reconstructing an Oral Tradition: Problems in the Comparative Metrical Analysis of Old English, Old Saxon and Old Norse Alliterative Verse
Dr. Mark Southern

May 2003

Laura Ducate
Culture, Communication, Community: Co-Constructing Knowledge and Cultural Images Through Computer-Mediated Communication
Drs. Frank Donahue and Zsuzsanna Abrams

Lisa Seidlitz
Functions of Code-Switching in Classes of German as a Foreign Language
Dr. Mark Southern
December 2002

Lucinda Martin
Women's Religious Speech and Activism in German Pietism
Dr. Katherine Arens
*Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2003, Graduate School, University of Texas at Austin;  Finalist,  Council of Graduate Studies National Dissertation Award
August 2002

Perry Wayne Myers, Jr.
The Double-Edged Sword: The Cult of Bildung in Fin-de-siècle Germany
Dr. Katherine Arens   

Marion Nike Arnold
Computer-Mediated Communication: Writing to Speak Without Foreign Language Anxiety?
Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams

May 2001      

Erika Martina Nelson
Reading and Re-Presenting Rilke: Orphic Identity and Poetic Invention
Drs. Katherine Arens and Hubert Heinen

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