Gabriella Etmektsoglou | Director, NYU Berlin
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.
Assistant Director, Academic Programs
Roland Pietsch | Assistant Director for Academics, NYU Berlin
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 on maritime and youth history. Dr. Pietsch currently teaches the internship seminar. 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.
Andrzej Ancygier | Environmental Studies
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.
Axel Bangert | Film Studies
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.
Kimberly Bradley | Contemporary Art
B.A. 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.
Elke Brüns | German Literature
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.
Kandice N. Chapman | German Language
M.A. in Teaching German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
B.A. in German Literature and Culture, NYU
Kandice Chapman teaches classes for the German Language Program at NYU Berlin. 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.
Pierre Depaz | Interactive Media Arts
Pierre Depaz is an educator, artist and programmer from France. He has taught at NYU and CUNY and is currently researching at the Film-Universität Babelsberg. He is interested in the multiple ways computers are attempting to represent and interface with human concepts and emotions. His academic research revolves around simulation, semantics and public organization through technological means, while his artistic practice includes digital games, computer simulations, interactive installations, networked performances and experimental web projects, and has been exhibited in NYC, Paris, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Brussels and Berlin.
Katrin Dettmer | German Studies
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.
Sasha Disko | History
Ph.D. History, New York University
Born, raised, and educated in the US but now based in Munich, 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. 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.
Mathew Dryhurst | Recorded Music Program
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.
Miriam Führer | German Language
M.A. Linguistics; German as a Foreign Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Miriam is originally from the Cologne area, but her keen interest in languages has brought her to Berlin, where she started comprehensive graduate studies in Psycholinguistics and Teaching German as Foreign Language. She obtained a Master’s degree in Linguistics with a specialization in Language and Cognition from Humboldt University zu Berlin in 2013, but remained a graduate student at HU. Her research interests lie in the field of language acquisition, with past projects centering on modeling statistical learning in first and second languages, as well as grammar theory. Her current projects explore the effects of mnemonic learning techniques in the foreign language classroom.
Always interested in bringing research and practice together, Miriam joined NYU in 2011 as a German instructor. She currently teaches Elementary level classes, regular and intensive tracks, and is a primary author of NYU’s first in-house German text book (work in progress) and resources such as the Grammar Reader. Prior engagements include the University of Siegen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Marmara University in Istanbul. She also works as a freelance consultant and teaching trainer for the government and other institutions. She lives in Berlin-Neukölln.
Moritz Simon Geist | Recorded Music Program
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.
Guido Hesselmann | Psychology
Guido Hesselmann has been teaching classes in Cognitive Neuroscience at NYU Berlin since 2018. After his Ph.D., he worked at the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in France and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. From 2011–2018 he was the deputy group leader of the Visual Perception Lab at the Charité university hospital in Berlin. His current main research interests are the scientific study of consciousness, visual information processing in the human cortex, and computational modeling of perceptual decisions.
Heiko Hoffmann | Recorded Music Program
Heiko Hoffmann is a German journalist, curator, lecturer and consultant. He has been editor-in-chief of Groove magazine, an industry-leading electronic music magazine, for the past 18 years. He has 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 is 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.
Elisabeth Höhne | Psychology
Elisabeth Höhne studied psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Cape Town, and NYU Berlin. Currently, her research at Leibniz Universität Hannover focuses on the interface between social psychology and the educational sciences. She is specifically interested in stereotypes and social identity threat, belongingness in educational contexts, and the role of social and academic integration in the educational achievement of minority students.
Elisabeth more recently also developed an interest in political psychology, especially in understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory, reconciliation processes between different social groups, socio-political conditions and effects of different acculturation strategies, and the role of stereotypes, e.g., in political decision-making processes. She successfully participated in the Stanford University Summer Institute in Political Psychology last year and is an active member of the United Nations Association of Germany in her free time.
Jana Hulbert | German Language
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.
Reinhard Isensee | European Studies, History, Sociology
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 | Metropolitan Studies
Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens
Dr. Ares Kalandides teaches classes in Metropolitan Studies for NYU Berlin.
Robert Lippok | Recorded Music Program
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, glitchy, 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.
Annette Löseke | Art History
Ph.D. in Art History, University of Bonn
M.A. in Art History, University of Munich and University of Paris
M.A. 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 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 Ph.D. 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.
Stephanie Pearson | Art History
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 | German Language
Nikolai Preuschoff studied German Literature, Philosophy, and History of Art in Freiburg, Paris, Ann Arbor, and Berlin. He received his Ph.D. 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.
Antje Rebecchi | German Language
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.
Colin Self | Recorded Music Program
Colin Self is a composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. He creates music, performance and environments for expanding consciousness, and for troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. Self works with communities across disciplines and practices, using voices, bodies, and computers as tools to interface with biological and technological software. Self has presented work at The Dutch National Opera, HAU Berlin, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen NYC, Issue Project Room, among many international festivals and venues. He is a Rhizome Commission Grant recipient for his video project ClumpTV, and a Queer Art Mentorship Fellow. He served as an Eyebeam Resident in 2016 and a resident fellow at Etopia for FUGA in Zaragoza, Spain in 2018. He is a co-founder of the New York City queer performance collective Chez Deep and The Radical Diva Grant. He completed his MFA in Music & Sound at the Bard Milton-Avery Program in 2017. His second album, Siblings, was released in November 2018 and regarded as one of NPR's 50 albums of 2018 and Pitchfork's 50 experimental albums of 2018.
Paul Sigel | Architecture
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 | Environmental Studies, Art History, Archictecture, Sociology
Dipl. ing. and Archictect, Technische Universität Berlin
Sigismund Sliwinski teaches classes in Environmental Studies, Art History, Architecture and Sociology for NYU Berlin.
Felix Steilen | Politics
Dr. phil. in Political Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Felix works in the areas of social and political thought and the history of ideas. He received his doctorate from Humboldt-Universität in 2019 with a dissertation on the philosophy of history in classical sociology. He was a visiting graduate student at the New School for Social Research in New York, in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and a Minerva fellow at Tel Aviv University. Recently, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Goethe University Frankfurt and co-edited the Tel Aviv Yearbook of German History 2019. He is a Marie Curie Fellow for Neuere Geschichte at Freie Universität Berlin. He is currently completing a book on Emile Durkheim's historical imagination.
Carsten Wieland | Politics
Dr. Carsten Wieland is a German diplomat, senior UN consultant, Middle East and conflict expert with high-ranking mediation experience. He served with three UN Special Envoys for Syria as a senior political advisor. He also worked on Syria in the Foreign Office in Berlin and as director of the German Information Center for the Arab World in Cairo.
Dr. Wieland has published articles and books, among others on Syria, nationalism, ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and in South Asia, on Islamism and secularism. He is a Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a guest professor at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá after having worked as the country representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Colombia. He was also a fellow at the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. A journalist by training, he reported a foreign correspondent for the German Press-Agency (DPA).
Dr. Wieland studied history, political science and philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin, Duke University in North Carolina and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Lysann Zander | Psychology
Ph.D. in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin; Associate Professor of Empirical Educational Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Lysann Zander studied Psychology at Humboldt Universität in Berlin, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge. After obtaining 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 taught classes on motivation and learning. Since March 2018, Lysann is Associate Professor of Empirical Educational Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
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. She is particular curious about the effects of ethnic and gender stereotypes.