Staff in German Studies 

Dr Hilary Brown

Dr Hilary Brown

Lecturer in Translation Studies

I joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2011 and teach in Translation Studies and German. During 2017-18 I will be on research leave, spending extended periods of time in Germany thanks to the award of a Humboldt Fellowship. I will be working on a project on ‘Women and Translation in Early Modern Germany, c.1600-1720

Professor Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Professor Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Professor of German and Comparative Literature

As Professor of German and Comparative Literature, I specialize in literary modernism, theory and philosophy of literature, and aesthetics. I have taught and written on a wide range of topics, often drawing on the intersections among modern literature, Continental philosophy, and visual art.

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

My main research interests are in German literature of the period 1750-1815, with a particular interest in literary responses to political and social change. I am currently working on a monograph on the German idyll during this period. I have also published on the development of German literature in the context of the unification of Germany in 1871. I teach widely across the German ...

Dr Nigel Harris

Reader in German

I see myself as a medievalist with an extension into the sixteenth century, and as someone with a particular passion for teaching these still deeply relevant periods to modern undergraduates.

Christiane Hoyer

Christiane Hoyer

DAAD-Lektorin

My aim is to help students improve their German Sprachpraxis, and give them an insight into Landeskunde. I’m looking forward to passing on my enthusiasm for language learning and encouraging students to practise their skills.

Dr Sara Jones

Dr Sara Jones

Senior Lecturer

Sara Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages. Her current research analyses the political, social and cultural processes of remembering state socialist dictatorship.

Professor John Klapper

Professor John Klapper

Professor in Modern Languages

My main research interests are writing under National Socialism, particularly the non-conformist writers of inner exile. I teach courses on German language, literature and history. I am also interested in all aspects of foreign language learning and teaching, instructed second language acquisition and pedagogical grammar. 

Dr Katya Krylova

Dr Katya Krylova

German Teaching Fellow

Katya Krylova is a German Teaching Fellow, teaching modern and contemporary German literature, film and culture, as well as language and translation, at all levels. Her main research areas lie in modern and contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture. She has recently published her second monograph, The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture ...

Dr Nicholas Martin

Dr Nicholas Martin

Director of the Institute for German Studies
Reader in European Intellectual History

Nicholas Martin is Reader in European Intellectual History in the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies), and Director of the University’s Institute for German Studies

His research interests include aspects of modern German intellectual history and of the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany.

Academic CV

Dr Ruth Whittle

Dr Ruth Whittle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Distinguished Fellow (TA)

As a student you are most likely to know me in my role as the School’s Senior Tutor. I teach courses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature as well as Translation in Practice and language classes, particularly business German.

I have widely researched and published in the areas of language study and internationalisation, and women in German literature and literary history.

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Dr Tara Windsor

Research Fellow

I am a cultural historian of modern Germany and Europe, currently working as Research Fellow on the project ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain’.

Emeritus and Honorary Academic Staff

Professor William John Dodd

Emeritus Professor of Modern German Studies

I joined the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in German in 1980 and retired as Professor of Modern German Studies in 2014. I am a member of the research project  “Inner and outer exile in fascist Germany and Spain: a comparative study”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Professor David Hill

Emeritus Professor of German Studies

My main research interests lie in the literature, culture and society of Germany around the end of the eighteenth century.

Professor Ronald Speirs

Emeritus Professor of German Studies

My research is on German literary and intellectual topics since the later nineteenth century, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht.

Professor Wilfried van der Will

Honorary Professor of Modern German Studies

Wide ranging research interests in 19th and 20th century German culture, philosophy and politics, especially from the end of the First World War to the present. Has published books and essays on German literature and society post-1945, on the worker-culture movement of the Weimar Republic, on culture in the Third Reich, on protest and democracy from the 1960s to the 1980s and on the reception of ...