German Graduate Students

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Martina Domnick

Martina is a second-year M.A. student and TA. She grew up in North-East Germany and studied English, Social Studies, and Secondary School Education in Cologne, Germany. Martina received her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester, NY, where she also taught introductory German language classes. Her academic interests include German Romanticism as well as early 20th-century and post-war literature. 



Jaim Gann

Jaim is a first-year MA student from Bowie, Maryland. He received his BA in German with a secondary concentration in Scandinavian Studies (including studying Swedish and Old Icelandic) from UMCP in 1997. During his junior year, he studied abroad at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he picked up a fascination for all things Austrian. After graduation from UMCP, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri, interning in the Soulard neighborhood of Saint Louis and Gillette, Moorcroft, and Sundance Wyoming. Since his ordination in 2001 as a pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, he has served as pastor of two congregations and a "reconciler" (conflict mediator) in that denomination. Currently, he shepherds Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bowie. His special interest in Germanic studies is the influence of the Luther Bible translation in the formation of early modern German. In addition to German, he reads Biblical Hebrew and Greek. 


Matthew Kelly

Matthew is a second-year M.A. student and TA from Conway, New Hampshire. Matt received his BA from UMBC in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication with a focus in German, international affairs and secondary education. After graduation, he worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Munich as a Fulbright Scholar. His interests include 20th and 21st century German literature as well as German studies in the United States. 


Marion Lindstrom

Marion is a first-year M.A. student and a TA. She completed her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary World Language Educatin at UMD. Marion is originally from Germany and spent five semesters at the Freie Evangelische Fachhochschule in Berlin. She also spent a semester in Bilbao, Spain working with a humanitarian organization. Her academic interest includes the bilingual full immersion education, specifically the comparison between the different approaches to foreign language education as well as the works of Annette von Droste-Hulshoff, Heinrich Heine, and Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff. 

Jocelyn McDaniel

Jocelyn 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.





J. Alex Porter

Alex is a second-year M.A. student and TA, originally from South Carolina. Alex earned his BA in German from the College of Charleston and studied abroad in Luneburg, Germany and Saalfelden, Austria. His academic interests include contemporary German cinema and early 20th Century literature.