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Director Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou

Program Director

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.

Academic Coordinator Dr. Roland Pietsch

Assistant Director, Academic Programs

Ph.D. in History, London
M.A. in History & Economics, 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 faculty services. The most exciting part of his job is exploring engaging ways of university teaching together with NYU Berlin faculty and how professors adapt to teaching in an international classroom.

Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary College) and worked as an historian for television documentaries. He has published widely on maritime and youth history; his current research project investigates the connection of masculinity and mental health among sailors in the 18th/19th-century navy and is supported by a fellowship of the British National Maritime Museum.

Aside from teaching Berlin’s and Germany’s modern history at NYU Berlin, Dr. Pietsch is currently also co-teaching a course on the global history of piracy in the early modern period at Humboldt University Berlin.


Andryej Ancygier

Ph.D. Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin

Dr. Andrzej Ancygier specializes in the topic of European integration with the focus on European energy and renewable energy policy. Currently he is working as Dahrendorf Visiting Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. In his Ph.D dissertation he analyzed the implementation of European renewable energy directives in Poland. Part of his research was done while working for the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation of the European Commission. He currently works on German and Polish renewable energy policies and the impact of European climate and energy policy on the economic development in the EU member countries.

Axel Bangert

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. He is the writer/director of the short film Framed which premiered at the 34th Cambridge Film Festival in September 2014.

Kimberly Bradley

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.

Ulrich Brueckner

Ph.D. Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Ulrich Brückner teaches classes in Politics, European Studies and Sociology at NYU Berlin.

Elke Brüns

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.

Julia Buchholz

Dipl. Translation Studies & German as a Foreign Language, Universität Bonn

Julia Buchholz teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.


Kerstin Budde

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…).

Christina Dimitriadis teaches classes in digital photography for NYU Berlin. 

Sasha Disko

Ph.D. History, New York University

Born, raised and educated in the US but now based in Hannover, Dr. Sasha Disko is a social and cultural historian who sees the role of economics as central to understanding modern societies. Her first monograph, The Devil's Wheels (Berghahn Books, forthcoming), is an economic, social and cultural history that explores shifts in the construction of gender through the practice of motorcycling during the Weimar Republic. She is also currently working for VW as a freelance researcher on a project on the 100-year history of the assembly line in the automobile industry. To unwind, she plays the piano -- either classical (Chopin) or songs she writes for a music project (Hysterical Materialists) -- and spends time with her husband (a union secretary at ver.di) in nature (mushroom hunting).

Katrine Dettmer

Ph.D. German Studies, Brown University

In her dissertation (2012) on the East-German playwright Heiner Müller, entitled The Touch of the Dead, Dr. Katrin Dettmer 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.

Susan Engel

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.

Heinke Fabritius

Ph.D. Art History, Technische Universität Berlin

Dr. Heinke Fabritius is an art historian living in Berlin. Her work is dedicated to Central European Art from the 19th and 20th centuries, especially focusing on Romanticism, Cubism and Contemporary Art after 1989. As a researcher, she is interested in questions of artistic creativity and drawing processes. Her work also relates to the fields of imagology and history painting and, most recently, to the Bohemian Underground of the 1970’s. Before teaching at NYU Berlin, Heinke Fabritius worked as a lecturer for Humboldt-University, the University of Leipzig and for the Kunsthochschule Berlin.


Miriam Führer

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.

Nina Gerland

M.A. German Literature & Italian Philology, Universität Potsdam

Nina Gerland teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.

Jana Hulbert

M.A. German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Jana Hulbert teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.

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.

Ares Kalandides

Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens

Dr. Ares Kalandides teaches classes in Metropolitan Studies for NYU Berlin.

Annette Löseke

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 Löseke 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 carried out numerous visitor studies for the National Museums in Berlin (Asian Art Museum and Neues Museum), The British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Shanghai Museum, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Her research interests include intercultural museum studies and curating, theories of the artwork/exhibit, and digital museum studies (non-linear formats/exhibition models). Recent publications include articles on the co-presentation of contemporary art and historical artefacts (in ENGAGE 31/2013 and Aziatische Kunst 44/2014). Annette has been a guest lecturer at the Reinwardt Academy's Master-of-Museology-programme in Amsterdam since 2014, and a visiting lecturer at Humboldt Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. 

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Agnes Lux teaches courses in Studio Art at NYU Berlin.

Jessica Menz

M.A. German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Jessica Menz teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin.

Joseph Pearson

Ph.D. History, University of Cambridge

Dr. Joseph Pearson teaches classes in History, German Studies, and Gallatin for NYU Berlin.

Stephanie Pearson

Master of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Stephanie Pearson completed her M.A. at UC Berkeley on the sculptural technique of ancient Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan) and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on Hellenistic and Egyptian motifs in Roman wall painting. Questions of cross-cultural interaction and artistic technique count among her main research interests, as do issues of museum display. Stephanie has conducted field work around the Mediterranean—most importantly at Pompeii, where she worked with the Via Consolare Project for four years. For over two years she has been working in the Berlin Antikensammlung, where she translated the catalog of the permanent collection and leads tours in the Pergamon Museum and Altes Museum.

Antje Rebecchi

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.

Martin Rolfs

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.

Paul Sigel

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.

Sigismund Sliwinski

Dipl. ing. and Archictect, Technische Universität Berlin

Sigismund Sliwinski teaches classes in Environmental Studies, Art History, Architecture and Sociology for NYU Berlin.

Jochen Steinbicker

Ph.D. Sociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Jochen Steinbicker teaches classes in Sociology for NYU Berlin.

Denise Uhl

M.A. German and German as a Foreign Language, Freie Universität Berlin

Denise Uhl teaches classes for the German Language Department at NYU Berlin.

Lysann Zander

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.

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