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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 literature and culture. She has published a book on the Expressionist Walter Hasenclever, and articles on Expressionism, Nietzschean feminism, Wilhelmine consumerism, Wilhelmine journalism, Romanticism, and the use of multimedia technologies in the foreign language classroom. Her edited volume on women and journalism, "Discovering Women's History: German-speaking Journalists 1900-1950" appeared in 2014.

Prof. Spreizer has received National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), PSC-CUNY and other grants for her research and teaching. In 2014 she was selected to participate in an AATG seminar at Georgetown University on curricular reform. Professor Spreizer coordinates the German Program, teaches all course levels, and is academic adviser for the CUNY/Berlin summer program.

Office: Queens Hall 330D
Phone: 718-997-5587


Adjunct Faculty

Nora Carr


Office: Queens Hall 205
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: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Elena Mancini Office: Queens Hall 205
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: Queens Hall 205
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.

Rebekka Kehlenbrink

Rebekka Kehlenbrink holds a B.Ed and an M.Ed from the University of Augsburg and the Wittelsbacher Gymnasium in Munich, Germany. She has taught at the German International School of Silicon Valley and the Gymnasium Neubiberg in Munich, Germany. Since relocating back to the U.S., she has been teaching German at Deutsches Haus at NYU and, as of the Spring 2015 term, at Queens College CUNY.

 Office Information

Department Chair:
David Andrew Jones
Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

German Undergraduate Coordinator:
Christa Spreizer
Queens Hall 330D


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