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Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty

Christa Spreizer, Associate Professor, received her PhD and MA in German Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in Economics and German from Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century German language, literature and culture. She has published a book on the Expressionist Walter Hasenclever, and articles on Expressionism, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, drama, and the use of multimedia technologies in the foreign language classroom. She has received National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as well as PSC-CUNY grants for her research and teaching. Professor Spreizer teaches all undergraduate course levels and coordinates the language program, including the use of multimedia in the foreign language, literature, and culture classroom.

Office: King Hall 211B
Phone: 718-997-5587


Adjunct Faculty

Nora Carr


Office: King 109
Phone: 718-997-5983

Nora Carr is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a BA in History and French from NYU and an MA in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center. Her interests include 20th-century French, German, and Latin American literature.

Zoran Cerar


Office: King 109
Phone: 718-997-5983

Elena Mancini Office: King 109
Phone: 718-997-5983

Elena Mancini received her PhD in German Studies from Rutgers University. She is interested in twentieth- and twenty-first century German literature and film, sexual politics, political literature, and translation, and enjoys emphasizing the intersections of culture and politics in her courses. She authored a biography of sexual rights activist, Magnus Hirschfeld, entitled: Magnus Hirschfeld and the Quest for Sexual Freedom: A History of the First International Sexual Freedom Movement with Palgrave. Professor Mancini also serves as the Culture Editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, and as an Information Officer at DAAD New York.

Gabriella Skwara Office: King 109
Phone: 718-997-5983

Gabriella Skwara has an MA in German from UC Davis and an MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from University of Pennsylvania, where she voluntarily concluded her PhD studies at the dissertation stage. She specialized in German-Jewish Studies at UPenn, with a particular focus on German- and Yiddish- language literary production in Austria. Her teaching background includes two years spent as Resident Director of UMaine's study abroad program in Salzburg. In addition to teaching German at Queens College she currently serves as a Program Officer at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) where she advises German fellowship recipients studying in the US and Canada.


 Office Information

Department Chair:
David Andrew Jones
King Hall 207
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

German Undergraduate Coordinator:
Christa Spreizer
King Hall 211B


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