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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, Professor 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 in 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.

gabriella.etmektsoglou@nyu.edu

Academic Coordinator Dr. Roland Pietsch

Assistant Director for Academics

Ph.D. in History, London
M.A. in History & Economics, Berlin

As Assistant Director for Academics, Professor Pietsch assists the Director in the delivery of the academic programs and is responsible for managing the provisions of student and faculty services. Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary) 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 and mental health among sailors in the 18th/19th-century navy, which is supported by a fellowship of the British National Maritime Museum.  

roland.pietsch@nyu.edu


Teaching Faculty

Andryej Ancygier

Ph.D. Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin

Dr. Andrzej Ancygier specializes in the topic of European integration with the focus on the 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 the European renewable energy directives in Poland. Part of his research was done when 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 the European climate and energy policy on the economic development in the EU member countries.

aa157@nyu.edu

Professor Antezzo teaches classes in digital photography for NYU Berlin.

ma179@nyu.edu 

Kimberly Bradley

BA Political Science & German, Middlebury College, Vermont

Professor 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.

kab2107@nyu.edu

Ulrich Brueckner

Ph.D. Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

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

ub12@nyu.edu

Elke Brüns

Ph.D. German Literature, Freie Universität Berlin; Habilitation German Studies, Universität Greifswald

Professor 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.

eb137@nyu.edu

Julia Buchholz

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

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

julia.buchholz@nyu.edu

Kerstin Budde

Ph.D. Political Science, Cardiff University

Professor 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…).

kb101@nyu.edu

Professor Dimitriadis teaches classes in digital photography for NYU Berlin.

cd105@nyu.edu 

Sasha Disko

Ph.D. History, New York University

Born, raised and educated in the US but now based in Hannover, 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).

sasha.disko@nyu.edu

Katrine Dettmer

Ph.D. German Studies, Brown University

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

katrin.dettmer@nyu.edu

Susan Engel

M.A. and Diploma, German as a Foreign Language and Ethnology, Universität Marburg

Professor Engel teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin. 

susan.engel@nyu.edu

Heinke Fabritius

Ph.D. Art History, Technische Universität Berlin

Professor 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.

fabritiush@nyu.edu

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.

miriam.fuehrer@nyu.edu

Dania Hückmann

Dania Hückmann teaches courses in German Studies at NYU Berlin.

In her dissertation (2014) on revenge in Realism Professor Hückmann examines revenge as a subjective mode of justice that threatens established secular and sacred authorities in German Realist literature. Her research interests include discourses of law in literature and film, memory politics, narratology and grammar, representations of trauma and violence, from German Classicism to the post World War II period. She has published on Jean Améry, Heinrich von Kleist, Thomas Bernhard, and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. In her current research project she investigates the effect of violence on grammar.

dh428@nyu.edu

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.

jana.hulbert@nyu.edu

Ph.D. and Habilitation, American Literature and Culture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Professor Isensee teaches classes in European Studies, History, and Sociology for NYU Berlin. 

ri16@nyu.edu

Ares Kalandides

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

Professor Kalandides teaches classes in Metropolitan Studies for NYU Berlin.

ares.kalandides@nyu.edu

Susan Kamal

susan.kamel@nyu.edu 

Eva Lezzi

Ph.D. and Habilitation, German Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam 

Professor Lezzi did her MA studies and her Ph.D. in German Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In 2011 she got habilitated in German Studies and Cultural Studies at the Universität Potsdam, where she regularly teaches. The title of her habilitation study is “Liebe ist meine Religion!” Eros und Ehe zwischen Juden und Christen in der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts (Wallstein Verlag: Göttingen 2013, in print). Her special fields of research and teaching are German literature from the 18th to the 21st century, German-Jewish literature, Holocaust Studies, children’s literature, Literary Theory, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Studies.

For further information see: www.evalezzi.de

el88@nyu.edu

Ulrike Lindemann

M.A. Comparative Literature, Freie Universität, Berlin

Professor Lindemann teaches classes for the German Language Program and German Literature classes at NYU Berlin.

ulrike.lindemann@nyu.edu

Mark de Longueville

Ph.D. Mathematics, Technische Universität Berlin

Professor de Longueville teaches classes in mathematics at NYU Berlin.

mark.de.longueville@nyu.edu

MFA New York University

Professor Lux teaches courses in Studio Art at NYU Berlin.

Jessica Menz

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

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

jessica.menz@nyu.edu

Jan-Henrik Meyer

Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin

Jan-Henrik Meyer studied history, political science and sociology at Humboldt-University Berlin, the LSE and Duke University. His interdisciplinary research interests relate to the social, political and environmental history of modern Europe, in particular European integration, transnational social movements and international organizations. His Ph.D. (Free University Berlin) provided the first historical study on a political, transnational European Public Sphere. His current research explores the origins of European environmental policy in a transnational network perspective. He has been a Marie-Curie Fellow (Portsmouth), a Rachel Carson Fellow (Munich), and teaches European and international history at Aarhus University and Environmental Studies at NYU Berlin. Recent publications: Global Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s. Edited by Astrid M. Kirchhof and Jan-Henrik Meyer, Focus issue Historical Social Research 39 (2014) 1;Societal Actors in European Integration. Polity-Building and Policy-Making 1958-1992, edited by W. Kaiser and J.-H. Meyer. Basingstoke: Palgrave 2013.

jhm9@nyu.edu 

Joseph Pearson

Ph.D. History, University of Cambridge

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

joseph.pearson@nyu.edu

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 before and while she started working as a language teacher with international students in 2000. Antje lives in Kreuzberg.

antje.rebecchi@nyu.edu

Sigismund Sliwinski

Dipl. ing. and Archictect, Technische Universität Berlin

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

ss6541@nyu.edu

Jochen Steinbicker

Ph.D. Sociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Professor Steinbicker teaches classes in Sociology for NYU Berlin.

js152@nyu.edu

Denise Uhl

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

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

denise.uhl@nyu.edu

Nicci Vercauteren

Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, EPFL, Lausanne
M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, EPFL, Lausanne

Nikki Vercauteren studied Applied Mathematics at EPFL, KTH and at the Freie Universität in Berlin. During her Ph.D., she specialized in atmospheric flows and hydrology. Her research focuses on experimental investigations to study atmospheric turbulence and energy transfer between the land surface and the air aloft. After living in France, Switzerland and Sweden, she now lives in Berlin where she is a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and pursues her research at the Mathematics Department at the Freie Universität. She teaches a class on Mathematical Modelling for NYU Berlin.

nikki.vercauteren@nyu.edu 

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