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I am a humanist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I coordinate the Graduate Program of the School of Modern Languages and teach both Career Design and German. My background is in German and Swiss literature after 1750, with a focus on the history of educational psychology. My research explores happiness and the meaningful life across psychology, fiction, and philosophy; as well as their applications in liberal arts education. I am particularly curious about how the humanities contribute to human flourishing. 

Programs Portfolio

21st Century Graduate Education in the Humanities

M.S. in Global Media and Cultures

M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies

People with expertise in the humanities foster equity, engagement, and sustainability in many professional fields. These graduate programs aim to create a form of advanced study in language, media, and communication that is viable for students pursuing engineering, business, and a variety of other career paths. The MS-GMC and MS-ALIS combine graduate-level language study with applied humanities (media, communication, sustainability studies, history) to prepare students for high-impact careers in business, STEM, non-profit, and education. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome our inaugural cohort in Fall 2019! | MS Program Website

Culture-Driven Career Design

Global Career Lab: Jumpstart your future with German

The Global Career Lab provides intensive career design training in the target language and showcase the exciting career opportunities that language study opens up for Georgia Tech students in a variety of fields. Participants explore learn to leverage German to pursue their long-term professional goals, meet with faculty and professionals in the Atlanta area to discuss key current issues in science, technology, and business, and prepare a career and life design portfolio in German.

Possible with the generous support of The Halle Foundation.

August 2018, three day bootcamp version: Thank you to Sven Behrens, Natalie Stingelin, Michael Nitsche, Markus Rimmele, Martin Brucherseifer, Barbara Heil-Sonneck, the Office of International Education, and Grenzebach Corporation for joining us as guest speakers and going above and beyond to create a wonderful experience for our students. Co-director Britta Kallin.

Collaborative Humanities: VIP Research Teams

GT-FIRE Grant for Education Innovation, Atlanta Global Studies Center

collaborators: Anna Stenport, Sebnem Ozkan, Amanda Weiss, Hyoun-A Joo

The skills taught in the humanities – communication, cultural analysis, sensemaking, aesthetics, and ethics – are crucial for success in business, science, public work, and design. How are the humanities used in science and tech fields? How do we connect "real life humanistic practice" to the humanities taught in classrooms? This project aims to build a curriculum that bridges the gap between the university and industry, preparing students to apply humanities knowledge in the real world. Student researchers in these teams produce stories and conduct qualitative research on topics related to the role of the humanities in the 21st century. Projects include humanities in the world of work and global Atlanta.

Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem

A New Edited Volume with MLA Press​; co-editor with Stacy Hartman

I am beyond delighted to be working on this project with Stacy Hartman, after our many adventures in humanities advocacy at Stanford. Inspired by both positive psychology and the career diversity turn, Mission Driven seeks to reimagine the humanities as a sustainable, engaged, and joyful endeavor.

Finding Meaningful Work: A Strategies Guide, Stanford's Career Handbook for PhDs and Postdocs

co-editor with Chris Golde, Stanford Career Education

Finding Meaningful Work: A Strategies Guide is a  handbook for PhDs and postdocs applying for a wide range of careers: industry, non-profit, and academic. This book includes tips for exploring career fit, networking, pursuing opportunities, preparing job market materials, interviewing, and negotiating offers. Full text available here

Focal Group on Humanities Education, Stanford University, 2011-2017

Faculty directors Russell Berman and Lisa Surwillo

This professional development event series offered programs on K-16 curriculum, pedagogy, policy, and careers. While we focused on preparing PhD students to enter the humanities profession, we also became an important space where students, faculty, and administrators from multiple departments oculd come together to reflect on teaching and learning.

20+ programs over 6 years. Program Website

The Marriage of Figaro

An outdoor opera production

Stanford University

with Director Melissa Kagen

This outdoor opera production set Mozart's Marriage of Figaro as a campus tour. Figaro (played by a trained tour guide as well as a talented singer) guided his wedding guests around his alma mater in anticipation of the ceremony in the quad. To his dismay, drama quickly ensued...

Join the tour via the gallery!

The Marriage of Figaro

A Walking Tour