Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies
Biography: I found my way to the United States as a foreign student on a one-year scholarship to attend Indiana University. Like so many other foreigners coming to this country, I stayed on. I completed my doctorate in 1989 and began working for EMU soon after. In 1999, I became an American citizen. Despite having lived in America for many years, I’ve retained a distinct German accent. There are no doubt other things “German” about me, including research projects that frequently take me back to the country in which I was born and raised. My recent scholarly interests include modern poetry and poetics, cognitive literary theory, and empathy studies. I continue to think and write about the poetry of T. S. Eliot and Muriel Rukeyser—two poets who could not be more unlike—and enjoy being an active member of EMU’s Women and Gender Studies Department.