Faye Stewart

Ph.D., Associate Professor of German, German Advisor


Ph.D., Germanic Studies, Indiana University, 2007

  • Doctoral major: Modern German Literature & Culture
  • Doctoral minor: Communication and Culture (Film and Media Studies)

M.A., Modern German Culture, Indiana University, 2001
B.A., Comparative Literature (French and German), Haverford College, 1996

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • German, Austrian, and Swiss literature, film, and culture, 20th and 21st centuries
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • East German and post-socialist cinema
  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Muslim studies, Islam in Europe
  • Transnationalism, migration, and diversity
  • Human rights, asylum politics, and refugee experiences
  • Capital punishment
  • Language pedagogy and online language teaching
  • Crime and detective fiction
  • Graphic novels

Personal Statement

As someone who began learning German in college, after growing up in a household where French and English were spoken, I view the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency as a lifelong pursuit. Learning languages and acquiring intercultural competence are collaborative endeavors in which each student develops a growing competence and teaches others (myself included), while everyone in the class shares responsibility for a supportive and inclusive environment. I seek to cultivate in students an enduring curiosity about the unfamiliar and an inquisitiveness about language, representation, and identity. Teaching with an eye to inclusivity, accessibility, and social justice, I hope to help empower students to become agents of social change and leaders in their communities and professions.

Selected Professional Achievements

Recent Awards and Grants

Recent Publications

Current Projects

  • Grenzenlos Deutsch (German Without Borders), an open-access curriculum for beginning German. Member of Board of Authors and Editorial Board. Co-authored, under the direction of Brigetta (Britt) Abel and Amy D. Young, with Britt Abel, Erika Berroth, Adam R. King, Isolde Mueller, Maureen O. Gallagher, Simone Pfleger, Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers, Tessa Wegener, and Amy Young, in consultation with Ron Joslin. Piloting phase began in Fall 2019; planned completion of online publication in 2021.
  • The Queer Socialist Cinematic Gaze: Censorship and Sexual Politics in East German Film. Book project.
  • “Poppthority – The Politics of Dr. Bitch Ray’s Bodily Negotiations.” How to Make the Body: Difference, Identity, and Embodiment. Edited by Jennifer L. Creech and Thomas O. Haakenson. Series on Visual Culture and German Contexts. Forthcoming with Bloomsbury.
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