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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), Fulbright, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), PSC-CUNY and other grants and funding for her research and teaching. Currently she serves as a DAAD Research Ambassador (2019-2021), assisting faculty and students interested in studying, conducting research, or initiating collaborative research projects with German colleagues.

Professor Spreizer coordinates the German Program, teaches all course levels, and is also the academic adviser for the CUNY/Berlin Winter and Summer semester programs.

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


Adjunct Faculty

Nora Carr

Office: Queens Hall 205L
Phone: 718-997-5984

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.

Juergen Reichert
Office: Queens Hall 205L
Phone: 718-997-5984

Gabriella Skwara Office: Queens Hall 205L
Phone: 718-997-5984

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


Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours. For all matters, please send an email to the department chair or language advisor listed below. Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

Summer 2021 Course Information

Fall 2021 Course Information

Department Chair:
Gerasimus Katsan
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

German Undergraduate Coordinator:
Christa Spreizer
Queens Hall 330D


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