Julia Karen Baker, Ph.D. German Studies; M.A. German Literature; Magistra der Philosophie
I am a native of Graz, Austria.
After growing up in Austria, studying in the US and Australia, and working in Wales in the UK, I came to the USA in 2002 to pursue a Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. I graduated in 2007 with a dissertation on Jewish childhood in exile as represented in fiction and film. My academic interests and conference presentations have focused on contemporary German and Austrian literature, family novels, and (documentary) film, childhood trauma, German-Jewish life-writing, women studies, madness in literature and transcultural literature. My publications include book reviews, interviews with documentary film makers, scholars, and Holocaust survivors, articles on the purpose of humor in transnational literature, as well as the fictional life-writing by Lore Segal, Binjamin Wilkomirski, and Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt. I am currently working on a volume on the representation of family in the German speaking world, tentatively entitled “Reading Between the Bloodlines: Reflections on the German(ic) Family Story.”
At TTU, I have taught all elementary German courses, Introduction to German Literature, courses on Berlin and Vienna, a contemporary literature course, a course on immigration, exile and the concept of alterity (together with Dr. Barnard and Dr. Groundland), a course on German film, and on German Childhood and Children's Literature.
I am the faculty liaison for the German Klub, the Secular Student Alliance of Tennessee Tech (SSATTU), and the Tech LAMBDA association. I was a faculty senator for two years and am currently serving as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, chair of the subcommittee on University Policy, and as chair of the Faculty Research Committee..
My two favorite things about TTU besides teaching, research, and service are proposing Centerstage events and taking students of German, as well as business and engineering students to Berlin and Hamburg during spring break.