Ph.D. and M.A. Modern European History, Emory
B.A. (High Distinction) History and Sociology, American College of Greece
As Director of NYU Berlin since 2010, Dr. Etmektsoglou oversees its academic and administrative activities and develops relationships with local and international universities and research institutions. Before joining NYU, she taught subjects in Modern European History in universities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She is a founding member of the National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She is also continuing her research and writing on the Holocaust in Greece and on narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany.
Ph.D. in History, Queen Mary University of London
M.A. in History & Economics, TU Berlin
As Assistant Director for Academics, Dr. Roland Pietsch assists the Director in the delivery of the academic programs and is responsible for managing the provisions of student and lecturer services. Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary College) and worked as a historian for television documentaries. He has published widely on maritime and youth history. His current research project investigates the connection of masculinity ideals and emotional health among sailors in the 18th/19th-century navy and is supported by a fellowship of the British National Maritime Museum.
Dr. Pietsch currently teaches the internship course. In previous semesters he has taught courses on Berlin’s and Germany’s modern history at NYU Berlin, as well as courses on the global history of piracy in the early modern period at Humboldt University.
All academic pursuits aside, he still considers his most fondly remembered employment having once been the manager of a London music venue.
Ph.D. Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin
Dr. Andrzej Ancygier specialises in the topic of climate change, with the main focus on its social and economic implications, as well as on climate change mitigation. Currently he is working as Energy and Climate Policy Expert, and Deputy Head of Climate Policy Team at Climate Analytics. There he analyzes the factors determining the transformation away from fossil fuels towards renewable sources of energy. Ancygier has been teaching at the NYU since 2011. He is also teaching a number of courses dealing with the European environmental policy and global challenges at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Ph.D, University of Cambridge
Dr. Axel Bangert is a filmmaker and scholar whose academic work has focused on German cinema and television, European heritage film as well as transnational moving image production. In 2011, he was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on images of the Nazi past in German film. This was followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Homerton College as well as a post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds as part of the project “Screening European Heritage”. His monograph The Nazi Past in Contemporary German Film: Viewing Experiences of Intimacy and Immersion appeared with Camden House in December 2014. As a filmmaker, Axel Bangert has experience in the areas of short film and music video.
BA Political Science & German, Middlebury College, Vermont
Kimberly Bradley has been a critic, journalist and editor since the 1990s and has written about art and visual culture for a long list of magazines, newspapers, books, and exhibition catalogues for the past 12 years. Beyond her writing activities, she produces radio reports for Monocle24, teaches writing workshops, and occasionally appears in art films. Born in California and raised in the Midwest, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1990. After several years in Hamburg, Germany, and a decade in New York, she moved to Berlin in 2003 and now lives and works in Berlin and Vienna, covering the art worlds of both cities. She teaches a course on contemporary art at NYU Berlin.
Ph.D. German Literature, Freie Universität Berlin; Habilitation German Studies, Universität Greifswald
Dr. habil. Elke Brüns teaches classes in advanced German and German literature. She studied German Literature and Psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In her dissertation, she analyzed the relation of psychosexuality and authorship, in her post-doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation), she described the symbolic and aesthetic dimensions of recent German history. Her current research focuses on representations of poverty in literature, film and political discourses. Totally new is her interest in (literary) fantasy. In addition to her scientific work, she has co-founded a feminist magazine, written articles and columns for newspapers and magazines, composed features for radio stations, and written a cultural science blog for four years.
Dipl. Translation Studies & German as a Foreign Language, Universität Bonn
Julia Buchholz teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.
Ph.D. Political Science, Cardiff University
Dr. Kerstin Budde studied Politics, Sociology and Psychology in Passau, Heidelberg and Cardiff. After finishing her PhD at Cardiff University in Great Britain, Kerstin Budde taught various subjects of Political Theory at Cardiff, Sheffield and Birmingham University, including Just War Theory, International Ethics, Theories of Rights, and the History of Political Theory. Her current research focuses on justifications of ownership in land and natural resources. She also works and teaches at Dresden University.
Kerstin Budde is a Berliner by choice, and is the proud owner of a small allotment, where she tries to grow her own vegetables (with varying degrees of success…).
Kandice Chapman teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin. She holds an M.A. in Teaching German as a Foreign Language from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a B.A. in German Literature and Culture from NYU. Her academic interests include contrastive linguistics and the acquisition of German grammatical gender. In her free time, she enjoys listening to jazz and watching surrealist films. Kandice lives in the neighborhood Friedrichshain.
Ph.D. German Studies, Brown University
M.A. English and German Literature, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Katrin Dettmer is the Arts Coordinator at NYU Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Brown University in 2012. Since then she has taught for Brown University and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, where she developed courses in German Studies and Theatre Arts with a special focus on dramaturgy. In her dissertation on East-German playwright Heiner Müller, entitled The Touch of the Dead, Katrin negotiates the dynamics between history and performance in both Müller’s writing and his stage work. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century German literature; GDR literature and intellectual life; literatures of trauma, memory, and remembrance; Theater and Performance Studies; Media Studies; intellectual history; and aesthetics of presence. Her current research projects address the issues of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) as specific to the GDR and the literary mediation of trauma after World War II. In addition to her academic work, Katrin has also been working as a dramaturg for a variety of productions, both in the US and in Germany. Her latest production, in cooperation with lunatiks produktion and Theater Lüneburg, Senkungen, a devised piece based on extensive regional research, premiered in Lüneburg in February 2016.
Ph.D. History, New York University
Born, raised, and educated in the US but now based in Hamburg, Dr. Sasha Disko is a social and cultural historian who sees the role of economics as central to understanding politics in modern societies. Her first monograph, The Devil's Wheels (Berghahn Books, 2016), is an economic, social and cultural history that explores shifts in the construction of gender through the practice of motorcycling during the Weimar Republic. Currently, she also works at Gasnetz Hamburg, organizing the archive of Hamburg’s Gas Works (1844-2003) and preparing an exhibit to be held in Hamburg in March, 2019. She is active in labor and local politics. To unwind, she plays the piano and the guitarlele – classical, pop and songs she writes for her solo project -- and spends time in nature (mushroom hunting and fishing) or drawing comic-zines.
Mat Dryhurst produces and performs art, music and software. He writes and tours with creative partner Holly Herndon, recently released the decentralized publishing platform Saga, and advises the blockchain based platform co-operative Resonate.is.
M.A. and Diploma, German as a Foreign Language and Ethnology, Universität Marburg
Susan Engel teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.
MA Linguistics and MA German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Professor Führer's interest in language sciences has brought her to Berlin, where she conducted graduate studies in Linguistics – Language and Cognition at Humboldt University zu Berlin with a focus on first and second language acquisition. Interested in bringing research and practice together, Miriam took up additional studies in Teaching German as a Foreign Language and is now about to collect her second MA degree from Humboldt University zu Berlin.
Miriam has lived, studied and worked abroad extensively. Back in Berlin, she became a member of the NYU team in early 2013. She lives in Neukölln.
Moritz Simon Geist aka Sonic Robots is a musician and robotics engineer. Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations. His robotic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions. He collaborates with performers such as Mouse on Mars and Tyondai Braxton and regularly gives lectures and workshops on the progression of robotics and society. He was awarded the Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony and won the Visual Music Award 2017. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D-printing.
Heiko Hoffmann is a German journalist, curator, lecturer and consultant. He's been editor-in-chief of Groove magazine, an industry-leading electronic music magazine, for the past 18 years. He's written for international publications such as Pitchfork, Spin and Sound & Recording (Japan) and has hosted his own show Nightflight on German public radio station Fritz. Heiko has been a key-note speaker and panelist at conventions and festivals such as Sonar, MIDEM and ADE. He's a member of the board of advisers at Goethe institute and jury member of a number of international artist programs and teaches the „History of Popular Music in Germany“ class at NYU Berlin.
Stefan Höhne is a historian and cultural studies scholar. He holds an assistant professorship at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Technische Universität Berlin. In his Ph.D. thesis (published by Böhlau in 2017), Professor Höhne traced the historical subjectivities of the passenger in New York City trough the twentieth century. He researches and publishes on urban culture, history and theory and is editor of the journal sub\urban: Zeitschrift für KritischeStadtforschung. At NYU Berlin, he teaches the course on Berlin’s Modern History and Culture.
His recent English publications include: ‘The Infrastructures of Diversity: Materiality and Culture in Urban Space’ edited by Marian Burchardt, Stefan Höhne, and AbdouMaliq Simone, New Diversities 17 (2016).
Höhne, Stefan and Alexander Friedich: Regimes of Freshness- Biopolitics in the age of cryogenic culture, In: Medicine Anthropology Theory 3, no. 3, 2017, 112 – 154.
Höhne, Stefan: The Birth of the urban Passenger: Infrastructural subjectivity and the Opening of the New York City Subway. In: City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Volume 19, Issue 2-3, 2015, 313-21.
Dania Hückmann teaches German literature, art and culture at NYU Berlin. Her research interests include discourses of law in literature and film, narratology and representations of trauma and violence, from German Classicism to the post World War II period. She received her MA from FU Berlin and her PhD from NYU with a project on revenge in German Realist literature, showing how this desire for justice threatens established secular and sacred authorities. Her current research considers the politics and poetics of censorship. She has published on metaphor in Jean Améry’s essays and fiction, Heinrich von Kleist and revenge, Thomas Bernhard’s Extinction, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and edited a volume on Containment in Realism for the The Germanic Review.
M.A. German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Jana Hulbert teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin. In the past, she also worked as a lecturer at Humboldt-University and Free University Berlin. Jana studied Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Literature in Frankfurt/Oder and Valencia, Spain and holds a Master's degree in German as a foreign language from Humboldt University. Her academic interests also include political and social science, sociolinguistics, and literature. In her free time, she enjoys nature, literature, and Berlin’s cultural life.
Ph.D. and Habilitation, American Literature and Culture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dr. habil. Reinhard Isensee teaches classes in European Studies, History, and Sociology for NYU Berlin.
Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens
Dr. Ares Kalandides teaches classes in Metropolitan Studies for NYU Berlin.
Avant-garde German visual artist and composer Robert Lippok has been an influential player in Berlin’s thriving experimental music scene from a very early age. In 1983, he co-founded dissident punk band Ornament und Verbrechen with his brother Ronald, inspired by industrial trailblazers Throbbing Gristle. An open platform to explore jazz, electronic, and industrial concepts with like-minded collaborators of the East German underground persuasion, the group remained active until the mid-1990s, at which point it was overtaken by the brothers’ next and most well-known collaboration, the palindromic To Rococo Rot. A significant postrock/electronic outfit started by the Lippok brothers and Düsseldorf bass guitarist Stefan Schneider, the Krautrockish band ushered in a new generation of electronic actscommitted to acoustic investigations and improvisation of all stripes. Known for his expansive imagination, inventive rhythmic reflexes, and layers of fuzzy tones, Lippok’s solo work is just as wide-ranging – from funky, glitch-y, twisted techno record Redsuperstructure for Raster-Noton (2011), to stage design for operas, gallery exhibitions, and notable collaborations with Italian harpist Beatrice Martini, Canadian percussionist Debashis Sinha or Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. In 2012 Robert Lippok joined the Institut für Raumexperimente founded by Olafur Eliason. In 2017 he started to teach Experiments in the Future of Production at the NYU Berlin.
PhD in Art History, University of Bonn
MA in Art History, University of Munich and University of Paris
MA in Arts Management, City University London
Dr. Annette Loeseke is an art historian and works as a scholar and museum consultant in the fields of museum studies, visitor studies and exhibition development. She has been instructor in museum studies at NYU Berlin, associated lecturer in visitor studies at the Master-of-Museology Program of the Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, and visiting lecturer at Free University Berlin, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Heidelberg University. From June through August 2015, she was a scholar in residence at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she prepared an article about intercultural exhibition models. Annette has carried out numerous visitor studies for the National Museums in Berlin (Asian Art Museum, Neues Museum, Humboldt Lab Dahlem), The British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Shanghai Museum, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Her research interests include intercultural museum studies and curating, reception processes and practices, theories of the artwork/ exhibit, and digital museum studies (non-linear formats/ exhibition models). Annette holds a PhD in art history from the University of Bonn. She studied art history, philosophy, romance literature and linguistics, and cultural management at universities in Freiburg, Munich, Paris, and London.
Ph.D. in the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
Stephanie works on ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology at the Humboldt-Universität and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin as well as NYU Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art at U.C. Berkeley with a dissertation on Hellenistic and Egyptian motifs in ancient Roman wall painting, inspired in part by four years of field work with the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii. Her M.A. thesis likewise considered cross-cultural interaction and artistic technique—with a focus on ancient Gandhara (modern Pakistan). Effectively communicating through museum display is a running theme in Stephanie’s exhibition reviews and her blog, Ideas on Display.
Nikolai Preuschoff studied German Literature, Philosophy, and History of Art in Freiburg, Paris, Ann Arbor, and Berlin. He received his PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin for a study on W. G. Sebald and Walter Benjamin (published in 2015 at Winter Verlag, Heidelberg) and has taught at the University of Michigan and the University College Cork, Ireland. He currently teaches in the Comparative Literature program at University of Erfurt. His course at NYU is called Composition and Conversation and focuses on postwar German history and culture.
Ph.D. in Geography (Urban and Landscape Ecology), University of Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Salman Qureshi is working as a Research Scientist and Project Coordinator at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research orbit is distinctly interdisciplinary and focuses on the human dimensions of the effects of landscape pattern on urban ecosystem processes, urbanization and its consequences on ecosystem services. Research approaches combine theoretical and empirical methods, with emphasis on the use of conceptual modelling, spatial analysis, quantitative methods and qualitative approaches for sustainability studies in urban landscapes. He has worked and developed methodologies for a range of comparative case studies in Asia (China, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Iran), Europe (Austria, Germany, United Kingdom), Latina America (Argentina, Columbia) and North America (Detroit, New York) to develop a holistic perspective on how human interact, use and perceive environment in distinct cultural and regional settings.
At NYU, he teaches classes in Environmental Studies.
M.A. German and Theater Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Professor Rebecchi has been teaching German courses at NYU since 2006. She holds an MA in German and Theater Studies from the Free University of Berlin and an additional degree in German as a foreign language. Antje comes from Hamburg (northern Germany) and came to Berlin in 1989. In 1993 she founded an independent theater group and has been creating theater projects since before she started working as a language teacher with international students in 2000. Antje lives in Kreuzberg.
Ph.D. in Psychology, Universität Potsdam
Dr. Martin Rolfs studied Psychology at Universität Potsdam, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2007. As a postdoctoral scientist, he worked at the Université Paris Descartes, New York University, and Université Aix-Marseille. In 2012, he started his own research group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, investigating active visual perception and cognition. Dr. Rolfs has been teaching courses in perception and cognition for many years both in the US and in Germany.
Dr. Timur Sevincer received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 2008 at the University of Hamburg, where he also completed his Habilitation in 2015. During his graduate and postgraduate years, he spent many months at New York University in New York as a research associate. Currently, he is a deputy professor at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Hamburg, where he teaches courses in educational psychology, motivation, and self-regulation. Timur Sevincer’s research interests include self-regulation strategies people use in their everyday life and psychological tendencies of people who voluntarily move to cosmopolitan cities – such as Berlin.
Ph.D in Art History, University Tübingen; Habilitation, Technical University Dresden
Dr. habil. Paul Sigel studied Art History and German Literature at the University of Tübingen, where he received his Ph.D in 1997 with a dissertation on the Architecture and Exhibition Displays of German Pavilions on World Fairs as Media of National Self-Representation, published in 2000 as a book (“Exponiert. Deutsche Pavillons auf Weltausstellungen”). In 2006, he edited the anthology “Konstruktionen urbaner Identität” together with Bruno Klein, and in 2009 he published studies on “Baukultur. Spiegel gesellschaftlichen Wandels” together with Werner Durth. In 2010, he received his Habilitation (professorial qualification) at the Philosophy Department of the Technical University Dresden. Paul Sigel has taught and worked on research projects at TU Dresden und TU Darmstadt, and he has worked as Guest Professor of Art History at the TU Dresden, of Urban History at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin, and of History and Culture of the Metropolis at the HafenCity University Hamburg.
His current research areas are History and Theory of Architecture from the 19th century to today, architecture and national representation, studies in the discourses on “Baukultur”, and studies of debates on urban identity. Berlin’s urban and architectural history is one of the main fields of his research and publications.
Dipl. ing. and Archictect, Technische Universität Berlin
Sigismund Sliwinski teaches classes in Environmental Studies, Art History, Architecture and Sociology for NYU Berlin.
PhD in Politics, University of Dresden
MSc in Political Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science
MA in Politics, History, German Literature, University of Munich
Christian Woehst has studied Politics, History and German Literature at the University of Munich and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2016, he received his Ph.D. in politics from Dresden University, where he teaches Political Theory and the History of Ideas. His research focuses on 18th and 19th century intellectual history as well as contemporary political theory on liberalism, constitutionalism and democracy.
Ph.D. in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Lysann Zander studied Psychology at Humboldt Universität in Berlin, University of California, Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge. After her Diploma, she taught Cognitive Psychology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. She finished her Ph.D. in June 2010 as well as her Habilitation in January 2015 at Freie Universität Berlin, where she also teaches classes on Motivation and Learning.
In her research she seeks to uncover the mechanisms underlying the sometimes astounding congruence of students’ self-perceptions and the social networks they establish within their learning environments.
Lysann Zander is a passionate Berliner; she also sings in a band named Stereofysh, every now and then about Psychology.