Classes at the Berlin Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director, and by Stanford Faculty in Residence. Many instructors hold regular appointments at German universities or have served in prominent positions in policy organizations, research institutes, and editorial boards. Most non-language courses are taught in English, but customarily there is at least one seminar taught in German each quarter.
Autumn 2017-18: Matthew Smith (German Studies)
Winter 2017-18: Janice Ross (Theater & Performance Studies)
Spring 2017-18: Stephen Monismith (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Maria E. Biege (Lecturer)
Maria has been teaching German language courses at the Stanford in Berlin program for many years and only recently retired from her position as Associate Director at the Center. Maria was born in Münster and studied at the University of Bonn and at Stanford University (1976 - 1982, M.A. in 1978), where she also served as a Resident Fellow at Haus Mitteleuropa. Her academic interests are in language acquisition, literary theory, and film. Maria's main extracurricular interests are story telling and creative writing.
Maria's courses are 3B - German Language and Culture and 21B - Intermediate German.
Diana Böbe (Instructor)
Diana studied at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as the Université d’Orléans, France (M.A. in American Studies, French and Latin American Studies, 2008), and the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (M.A. in German Studies, 2011). She has taught German as a Foreign Language at Nice University in France, and since September 2011, she has been a language instructor at the Stanford University Program in Berlin.
Diane's courses include 1Z - Accelerated First and Second Quarter German and 101B - Advanced German.
Uli Brueckner (Lecturer)
Uli studied political science, German Literature, and European Studies in Würzburg and Berlin. His fields of interest are European integration, Political Economy, Cultural Policy and Diplomacy. From 1994-2002, he held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration at the Department of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. He was also a visiting professor in Szczecin, Shanghai, Stanford, Moscow, Paris and Ljubljana. In 2003, Uli Brückner was appointed EU Jean Monnet Professor at Stanford University/Berlin. He works with the European Commission, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the institute for cultural diplomacy in Berlin.
Uli organizes the H.G. Will Study Trips of BOSP Berlin to new and future EU member states.
Uli's courses include A People's Union? Money, Markets, and Identity in the EU and Shifting Alliances? The European Union and the USA.
Martin Jander (Lecturer)
Martin was born in Freiburg. During his studies of German, History, Sociology, and Political Science in the late 1970s and early 1980s in West-Berlin, he became interested in opposition in the East Germany, a topic that continues to be one of his main fields of research, both in his graduate work (Ph.D. in Political Science at the FU Berlin in 1995), and as researcher at the F.U. Berlin. He has been teaching German and European history in the Berlin programs of New York University and FU-BEST since 2001, and started teaching in the Stanford Program in 2007. German left-wing terrorism is presently one of his fields of research in a project of the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. His many publications include "Formierung und Krise der DDR-Opposition" (Berlin, 1996) as well as teaching materials on various German historical topics for “Geschichte betrifft uns” (Aachen) and several guide-books focused primarily on Berlin.
Martin's courses include The Long Way to the West - German History from the 18th Century to the Present and Berlin vor Ort.
Wolf-Dietrich Junghanns (Lecturer)
Wolf studied philosophy at the University Rostov on Don, Russia (Diploma 1984), and at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Dr. phil. 1990). He has taught at the Technische Hochschule Magdeburg (1984-86), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (1986-87, 89-90), Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (1992). In addition to teaching, Wolf serves as coordinator of the "Krupp Internship Program for Stanford Students in Germany."
Research: Fields of interest are social and political philosophy, intellectual history, cultural studies, and sports studies (esp. boxing). Numerous publications on sports-related topics, such as: Schmeling 21. Das "deutsche Boxidol" in Monumenten und Biographien. Berliner Debatte Initial. Sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliches Journal, 22 (2011) 2, 111-175.
Wolf's courses include Theory from the Bleachers: Reading German Sports and Culture (Winter Quarter) and Sports, Culture and Gender in Comparative Perspective (Spring Quarter).
Ingo Klein (Lecturer)
Ingo studied international economics in Berlin and has taught and done research and at several German Universities (Humboldt Universität, Hochschule für Ökonomie Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Leipzig), as well as at institutions in the US, Eastern Europe, India, and South Korea. As a business consultant and in different managerial positions he has worked in Europe, the U.S., Asia and Africa. Ingo has been a visiting professor in the department of economics at Portland State University, Oregon since 1992, a lecturer at the Stanford in Berlin Program since 1999, and at a private Berlin business school since 2010. His main fields of interest include: Present German Economy, German Economic History of the 20th Century, Development Economics, Globalization, and Corporate Strategies. In his leisure time, Ingo enjoys traveling, hiking, running, skiing, and other sports.
Ingo's courses include The German Economy - Past and Present and The German Economy in the Age of Globalization.
Sylvia Klötzer (Lecturer)
Sylvia received her Master's degree in German Language and Literature from the Freie Universität (F.U.) in Berlin, Germany in 1987, her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992, and her Habilitation in Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam in 2005. Teaching and research positions include 1991/2 Prof. at Williams College, 2005 at UMass Amherst; postdoc and researcher at the Potsdam Center for Contemporary History (ZZF) 1995–2000; she has been teaching at Potsdam University (Institut für Germanistik) since 2006 and at the Stanford Program in Berlin since 2009.
Her publications include Satire und Macht: Film, Zeitung, Kabarett in der DDR. Köln 2006. and Aussichten. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Erwachsene.(co-author). Stuttgart: 2011, 2012.
Sylvia's courses include German 1Z - Accelerated First and Second Quarter German and German 2Z - Accelerated Second and Third Quarter German.
Karen Kramer (Director)
Karen has been the Director of the Stanford Program in Berlin since 1980. She studied at Stanford University (B.A. in English literature; Ph.D. in German Studies) and at the Freie Universität Berlin (Master's of Arts in Philosophy, Comparative Literature and American Studies). She has been a guest professor at Stanford several times and is the author of diverse texts, including The Politics of Discourse: Third Thoughts on New Subjectivity (NY/Bern: NYU Ottendorfer Series, 1994). Karen sits on the Board of the German Fulbright Commission and of the Will Foundation, is Curatorium Member and Fellow of the Institut für Kritische Theorie, is founding member of the AASAP (Assoziation Amerikanischer Study Abroad Programme in Deutschland), member of the Stanford Club of Germany, e.V. (and, not to forget, of the Förderverein der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Krummensee, e.V.). in 2002 she was awarded the German Federal Medal of Honor (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) for her contributions to relations between Germany and the United States and between Germans East and West. She is a published poet, plays the cello, and dances with horses (dressage).
Students can get in touch with Karen concerning:
- Academic advising, including courses at German universities, directed reading, and honors thesis research.
- Courses and curriculum.
- General advising and concerns.
Karen's courses include Contemporary Theater, Split Images: A Century of Cinema, and Culture and Politics in Modern Germany.
Matthias Pabsch (Lecturer)
Matthias received his PhD in 2001 at the Institute of Art and Visual Studies, Humboldt University Berlin. He is an Artist and Architectural Theorist. In 2010, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at Duke University, and he has been teaching at the Stanford Program in Berlin since 2006.
His work as an artist has been shown widely, both in Germany and internationally. His publications include “Architektur und Städetbau am Potsdamer Platz “(1998) and “Pariser Platz – Architektur und Technik. Vom manuellen zum digitalen Zeitalter” (2002).
Matthias's courses include Cityscape as History: Architecture and Urban Design in Berlin and Berlin vor Ort.
Jochen Wohlfeil (Lecturer)
Jochen studied at the Universität Hamburg, Indiana University (M.A. in Anglo Studies and German Studies, 1982), and the Freie Universität Berlin (M.A. in American Studies). Since 1988, he has served as the Resident Director for Duke University's Berlin Program and holds a professorship at the Duke’s German Department. His academic contributions focus on aspects of global education. Jochen is the recipient of the Bing Overseas Studies Program Award for Excellence in Teaching of 2009.. He enjoys classical concerts, the opera, theater and film – as well as the world of soccer, sailing, and culinary creativity. He strives to become a full member of the Berlin Center’s enigmatic society "Freunde des Deutschen Waldes".
Jochen's courses include Accelerated First-Year German 1Z and 2Z.