Assistant Professor of German Studies
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
On sabbatical Spring 2015
M.A., Ph.D., University of Hamburg
• 20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism • Representations of the Holocaust • Gender studies • Memory studies • Translation studies • Interdisciplinary approaches to environmentalism and urban space
Karolin Machtans's main research and teaching interests are 20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism, representations of the Holocaust, gender studies, individual and collective memory processes, and translation studies.
She is also very interested in interdisciplinary approaches to urban space, photography and environmentalism as well as in foreign language teaching methodology.
Before joining Connecticut College, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge and an Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University.
Her first book, Zwischen Wissenschaft und autobiographischem Text: Saul Friedländer und Ruth Klüger, was published by Niemeyer (Conditio Judaica) in 2009.
She is the coeditor of a volume on the representation of Hitler in German film (published in 2012) and is currently working on a book-length study on the representation of Istanbul and 'Asia' in German-language literature and film.
She is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Holocaust and migration studies and is currently editing a volume on Iranian-German literature and film as well as a volume on Iranian-German author Navid Kermani.