German Graduate Students

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Raleigh Joyner

Raleigh is a first-year M.A. student and GERM103 instructor at UMD. He was born and raised in Maryland, graduated from UMD with a B.A. in Germanic Studies and a B.A. in English Language & Literature, and at this rate will probably be in the state of Maryland forever. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad for six months at Freie Universität Berlin. Although he has still never been to the West Coast of his own native country, he has traveled throughout Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, the U.K., and numerous other European countries (Russia and Iceland don’t count because those were layovers and he never actually left the airport). Currently, his academic interests include the Weimar Republic, the literary works of Thomas Mann, and cultural/countercultural movements in Berlin during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Anja Ketterl

Anja Ketterl is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department for Germanic Studies. She received her MA in German Literature, History, and Educational Science from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2010. Her area of research focuses on German and Austrian literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, literary theory, queer theory, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature. After having taught language classes on all levels, Anja is currently finishing her dissertation on literary scandal in German-language literature of the 20th century, where she explores the scandal as a mode of representation in texts by Oskar Panizza, Thomas Bernhard, and Robert Walser. Recent publications include articles on both Oskar Panizza and Thomas Bernhard, which will be published in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Jocelyn McDaniel
Jocelyn McDaniel is a 2nd year  Ph.D. candidate and German teacher. Before coming to UMD, Jocelyn received a BA (2004) and MA (2007) in German Studies from the University of Delaware, as well as a MA (2011) in Translation Studies from the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. Her MA thesis encompassed an English translation and dialectal analysis of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Viennese comedy Der Unbestechliche. Her current research interests include Austrian Literature from the 19th century to present, Exile Literature, and Translation Studies.



Thomas Kluber
Thomas is a M.A. student and Teaching Assistant at UMD who received his B.A. in Germanic Studies and Secondary World Language Education from the university as well. He is currently teaching GERM103. Having learned German as a second language in middle and high school, he wants to give the same opportunities to future learners by eventually teaching German at the secondary level. Right now, his academic interests are in post-war and Cold War German literature.



Maria Sitzler-Sawicki

Maria is a first year M.A. student and teaching assistant at UMD.  She graduated with a B.A. in German Studies from the University of Mary Washington, where she completed and published her Honors Thesis ‘Die Italiensehnsucht der Deutschen (German’s longing for Italy). Born in Germany with Italian heritage, Maria was raised trilingual. She speaks German, Italian and Arbëreshë (derived from the Albanian language) fluently. As of now, her academic interests are in New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) and Post-War Literature (Trümmerliteratur).


Wendy Timmons

Wendy is a first year Master's student and Graduate Assistant at UMD. She graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in German, and with a minor in Art and Design Studio. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad for a year in Graz, Austria, as a winner of the Montclair-Graz Sister City Scholarship. Wendy also worked as an intern for art historian Rosa J. H. Berland on a retrospective for the late American artist, Edward E. Boccia. She aspires to receive her Doctorate after completing her M.A. at UMD and has an interest in early 20th Century German film.

Abigail Trozenski
Abigail Trozenski is a second year M.A. student and a teaching assistant at UMD.  She completed her B.A. at the Catholic University of America in English and German.  Whilst in her undergraduate program, she spent a year abroad studying at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, United Kingdom and Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany.  Her academic interests include exile literature and the theories of both cultural and collective memory.