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German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures



German & Scandinavian Studies values our alumni/ae and is proud of their accomplishments! You remind us of our history and give us inspiration for the important work that we continue to do in GSS!

We are always happy to hear your news and will gladly post it on our website, if you give us permission. Please send news updates to germanscand[at] with alumni in the subject line. We are especially eager to hear news from our undergraduate alumnae/i. See news from alumnae/i.

Another way to connect with GSS at UMass Amherst is to join our Facebook group! Log in at On the left-hand side, click on "Groups" and, in the "Search for Groups" field that appears at the top of the screen, type "UMass German and Scandinavian Studies." Enter the group by clicking on its title, and you can join the group by clicking the appropriate link on the right-hand side of the group's main page.

There are many ways to stay involved with German & Scandinavian Studies at UMass Amherst!

  • Sponsor a study-abroad student
  • Sponsor an undergraduate book award
  • Sponsor a film series or a film screening
  • Underwrite our monthly coffee breaks (Kaffeepause, fika, kahvitauko)
  • Sponsor a subscription to a German- or Nordic-language newspaper or magazine
  • Sponsor graduate student research and conference travel
  • Create a student scholarship
  • Support faculty research
  • And the list goes on and on!

You can also send a check or charge your credit card.

We are also happy to discuss your philanthropic interests. Please contact Lucia Miller, Director of Development for the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, at luciam[at]

Please be sure to designate German & Scandinavian Studies as the recipient of any gift. (You can visit or click on the button on the left-hand side of this page.)

Thank you!

Dissertation Archive

See a recent sampling of what kinds of dissertations our graduate students have produced:

Alumnae/i: After UMass

Graduate Alumnae/i (if you are not listed, please e-mail germanscand[at]

Sandra Alfers (Ph.D. 2003)
Associate Professor of German
Western Washington University

Alison Behling (M.A. 2006)
M.P.A./M.A., Indiana University (2009)
Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State

Brenda Bethman (Ph.D. 2009)
Director, Women's Center
Acting Director, Women's & Gender Studies Program
Adjunct Faculty in German
University of Missouri Kansas City

Florence Feiereisen (Ph.D. 2007)
Assistant Professor of German
Middlebury College

Angelica Fenner (M.A. 1990)
Associate Professor of German and Cinema Studies
University of Toronto

Sarah Fetterhoff (M.A. 2010)
German Teacher
Wachusetts Regional High School

Kyle Frackman (Ph.D. 2009, M.A. 2004)
Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies
University of British Columbia

Jennifer Good (Ph.D. 2004)
Associate Professor of German
Baylor University

Gertraud Gutzmann (Ph.D. 1979)
Professor Emerita of German Studies
Smith College

Anne Hector (Ph.D. 2009)

Kristina von Held (M.A. 1991, Ph.D. 1997)
Visiting Assistant Professor of German
Wooster College

Nele Hempel-Lamer (Ph.D. 1998)
Associate Professor of German
California State University Long Beach

Mareike Herrmann (Ph.D. 1995)
Associate Professor of German
College of Wooster

Jeffrey High (Ph.D. 2001, M.A. 1991)
Associate Professor of German Studies
California State University Long Beach

Axel Hildebrandt (Ph.D. 2006, M.A. 1999)
Assistant Professor of German
Moravian College

Alexandra Merley Hill (Ph.D. 2009, M.A. 2005)
Assistant Professor of German
University of Portland

April Huffines (M.A. 2010)

Sylvia Klˆtzer (Ph.D. 1992, M.A. 1987)
Institut f¸r Germanistik & Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum
Universit‰t Potsdam

Susanne Kord (Ph.D. 1990)
Professor of German and Department Head
Department of German
University College London

Elisabeth Krimmer (Ph.D. 1998)
Professor of German
University of California Davis

Diane Liu (M.A. 2010)
Ph.D. Student in History
Brown University

Dennis Mahoney (Ph.D. 1977, M.A. 1973)
Professor of German
University of Vermont

Laura McLary (Ph.D. 1996, M.A. 1989)
Associate Professor of German
University of Portland

Leslie Morris (Ph.D. 1992, M.A. 1985)
Associate Professor of German
Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
University of Minnesota

Kerstin Mueller (Ph.D. 2005)
Lecturer and Language Program Coordinator
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Beret Norman (Ph.D. 2004, M.A. 1995)
Associate Professor of German
Boise State University

Sigrit Sch¸tz (Ph.D. 1977)
Senior Lecturer
Amherst College

Friederike von Schwerin-High (M.A., Ph.D.)
Associate Professor of German
Pomona College

Maria Stehle (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor of German
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Donna Van Handle (Ph.D. 1983, M.A. 1976)
Senior Lecturer and Dean of International Studies
Mount Holyoke College

Colette van Kerckvoorde (Ph.D. 1988, M.A. 1984)
Professor of German
Bard College at Simon's Rock

Margaret Zelljadt (Ph.D. 1976)
Professor of German and Dean of the Senior Class
Smith College