Wendy Westphal, Ph.D.

Wendy Westphal, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of German, chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures, and the director of Study Abroad at Marian University. She received her Ph.D., in Modern German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University in 2010. Dr. Westphal’s dissertation, entitled Dismembering and Remembering the GDR: East Germany’s Self-Reflexive Memory in Literature and Film, focuses on the portrayal of the GDR in contemporary literature, film and museums.

She was the 2010 winner of the German Studies Association Graduate Student Paper Prize. She has published articles on East German museums and material culture, the films Good Bye, Lenin! and Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), as well as a book on the American writer, Nathanial Hawthorne.

Dr. Westphal is a great advocate of study abroad and lived in Germany for a total of eight years. Her experiences in Europe began with a junior year abroad in Konstanz, which was such a life-changing experience that she returned to Konstanz after finishing her B.A. as double major in German and English. She completed her Magister in German and English literature at the Universität Konstanz.

After finishing her P.h.D., coursework at Indiana University in Bloomington, she returned to Germany for three years where she studied and taught English. She was a Fulbright foreign language teaching assistant for a year at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Erfurt, did a graduate exchange year at the Universität Bayreuth, and conducted dissertation research with the support of a Carl Schurz Research Fellowship that was sponsored by the European Recovery Program.

Dr. Westphal loves to travel and learn about other cultures. In addition to her traveling experiences, she had visited forty countries including United States.

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