Originally from Germany, Dr. Karin Schestokat is a Professor of German in the Department of Languages and Literatures at OSU. After getting a Staatsexamen in English and History from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, she obtained a MA in German Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in German Literature along with a Certificate in “Studies of Women and Men” from the University of Southern California.
Since coming to OSU, she has been teaching all levels of German, from beginning language instruction to advanced literature and culture courses, such as: Contemporary German Literature; Literature of the GDR; 19th Century Novella and Lyric; The Development of the German Detective Novel from the 19th to the 20th Century; Teaching German; Medical German; Contemporary German Film.
Her research is focused on German women (minority) writers. She has published a book on German Women in Cameroon: Travelogues from Colonial Times (2003), and is working on a book-length study of women’s flights from Kaliningrad at the end of World War II. She also published articles on Yoko Tawada, May Ayim, African-Germans in Germany, Stefanie Zweig and on Monika Maron. For the last 6 years, her work has shifted to language instruction, and she co-authored the textbook Denk Mal for intermediate German instruction which is currently in its second edition.