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.
Associate Director, Graduate Studies and Career Education
School of Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology
Teaching Faculty of German Program
Affiliate Faculty, Atlanta Global Studies Center
Professionals in the humanities foster equity, engagement, and sustainability in many professional fields. This graduate program offers an approach to 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.
Degree programs: M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, and 5-year BS/MS in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Doctoral Minors
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.
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.
"Culture at Work" Graduate Research Assistantship Program
Partners: Residential Life, Office of International Education, Innovation Ecosystems, Dean's Office
The Culture at Work GRA Program puts the humanities to work and gives students an opportunity to learn how their language and cultural studies can apply in real-world contexts. Students work closely with faculty on a variety of applied projects. They learn project management, program creation and development, marketing, communications, graphic design, and community engagement. In lieu of the traditional graduate funding model, this program prepares students for careers in communications, media, global business, global science and technology, and public sector work.
21st century Humanities and Radical Interdisciplinarity
GT-FIRE Grant for Education Innovation (2018), Atlanta Global Studies Center (2019)
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.These teams produced podcasts, blog posts, and a peer-review article on the role of humanities in the tech-driven 21st century.
Stanford University, Selected Projects
Finding Meaningful Work: A Strategies Guide for PhDs and Postdocs
The official Career Handbook of the Stanford Career Center
co-editor with Chris Golde, Assistant Dean of Career Communities
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
A wandering opera production
Director: Melissa Kagen
This outdoor opera production set Mozart's Marriage of Figaro as a campus tour. Figaro (played by talented musician who was also a trained campus tour guide) takes his wedding guests around his alma mater in anticipation of the ceremony in the quad.
To his dismay, drama quickly ensues...