Dr. Sinclair Bell

Assistant Professor, School of Art - Northern Illinois University

Research Interests: Classical Archaeology, Classical Studies, Ancient Art
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Cologne
E-Mail: bell[at]daad.org


Sinclair Bell is a specialist in the archaeology of ancient Italy and the history of ancient art, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University. He studied Classical Art & Archaeology at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Cologne, receiving his Ph.D. in Classics in 2004. He has excavated in Italy and Tunisia, and worked as a curatorial assistant at museums in Germany and Greece.

Sinclair's research is broadly concerned with Etruscan and Roman material culture and art, especially its social history, Renaissance reception, and contemporary theorization. He is the editor of four books and the author of numerous articles and book chapters as well as a forthcoming monograph on the role of the sport of chariot racing in ancient Roman culture.

In addition to the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), he is a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Rome (the "Rome Prize"), the Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology, and the Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique, Geneva.
Dr. Staver Bezhani

Department of Biology - University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Molecular Biology; Plant Biology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Hannover University, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena,
Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster
E-Mail: benzhani[at]daad.org


Studied biology and chemistry, at the “E. Hoxha” University in Tirana, Albania. For about ten years was plant physiology and biology lecturer at “Alexander Xhuvani” University in Albania. Staver was awarded a one and a half year DAAD scholarship in 1995. In Klaus Kloppstech’s Laboratory, Institute of Botany, Hannover University was done the experimental part of the PhD on the high light induced proteins in barley. After a two year return in Albania, Staver moved back to Germany at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena for five year. Transcription regulation and response regulators were the main topics of the research as research associate in Ralf Oelmüller’s laboratory. In 2004 moved to United States and worked for four year as a postdoctoral researcher in Doris Wagner’s Laboratory, Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. The main research was transcription regulation and chromatin remodeling proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Since 2008 is Biology Lecturer and teaches Biology 101 and Biology 102 in Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Marybeth Boger

Director, Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment - New Jersey Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Education - Social and Learning Issues
University/Research Institution in Germany: Fachhochschule Darmstadt, Fachhochschule Dortmund, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen
E-Mail: boger[at]daad.org


Marybeth Boger is the Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Passionate about her calling, Marybeth spends her days motivating and helping to inspire academic and personal development in students. Marybeth contends that it is necessary to think outside of the box when examining and employing various strategies to engage students in their learning process as they experience the challenges transitioning from high school to post secondary education. Academic success is one factor, but along side of that is the development of a “person”. For Marybeth, it is extremely rewarding to be a part of the personal and scholarly development of post secondary students.

Throughout most of her graduate studies, Marybeth was a Schomburg Fellow and in 1999 became a recipient of a DAAD grant to conduct research in Germany where she examined the racial climate at a German Comprehensive High School (Gesamtschule) in Dortmund. This afforded her the opportunity to explore the social trends within an educational setting by conducting hours of interviews with German and non German students. She worked under the guidance of colleagues at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, and Fachhochschule Dortmund.

In 2001, Marybeth was awarded a PhD in Global Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 1989, Marybeth has spent a total of 4.5 years residing in Germany in the capacity of a student, employee, or researcher. For Marybeth, Germany is a rich landscape for further research projects with focus on social and educational themes.
Deborah Anna Brown

Doctoral Candidate in History - University of California, Los Angeles
Lecturer in History and Sexuality Studies - San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Late Ninteenth and early Twentieth Century German/German-Jewish History, German nationalism, history of statistics in Germany, the German Census and Compulsory Registration
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin
E-Mail: brown[at]daad.org


Deborah Anna Brown is currently a doctoral candidate in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation project, The Order of Things and their Numerical Value, examines the performance of art song in early nineteenth-century Germany, considering how the communicative practice of singing questioned the veracity and centrality of the concepts of autonomy and interiority in German thought. To date, her research has received the support of the German Historical Institute, UCLA’s Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture, and UC Berkeley’s Center for German and European Studies, as well as the DAAD. Her broader research interests include relationships between science and the growth of nationalism; she is also working on a second project that looks at women’s bodies in the cult of the German nation. Deborah was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 2007-08. During her stay in Berlin, she primarily conducted research at the Bundesarchiv Berlin and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, as well as at the Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in history, German-Jewish studies, quantitative social science, or related disciplines and sources of funding, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Corey Campion

An instructor in history - Hood College, Shepherd University, and Georgetown University

Research Interests: Modern Europe (Germany & France)
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg
E-Mail: campion[at]daad.org


Corey Campion obtained his PhD in modern European history at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His dissertation, "Living with the Enemy: A Comparison of French and American Cultural Occupation Policies in Germany, 1945-1949," examines the implementation of Allied reeducation policies and the intersection of French, American, and German cultural models in French-occupied Freiburg and American-occupied Stuttgart. The project reflects his broader interests in Franco-German cultural and diplomatic relations and the transmission of culture in occupied societies.

With the help of a research grant from DAAD Corey conducted archival research in Germany from 2005-2007. He worked most in the municipal archives of Freiburg and Stuttgart, the state archives of Baden-Württemberg and the archives of the Catholic Archdiocese in Freiburg. He also has worked in both the French and American national archives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions that you might have about conducting historical research in Germany.
Dr. John F. Corrigan

Professor of Chemistry and Director
Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research - The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Research Interests: Inorganic and Nanomaterials Chemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
E-Mail: corrigan[at]uwo[dot]ca


John Corrigan is a Professor of Chemistry at The University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research at the same institution. His research area is in the assembly of nanometer sized semiconductor materials, with precise size and composition control, via molecular precursor design. John first spent time in Germany as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universität Karlsruhe (now the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT) and again on a sabbatical leave at the Institute for Nanotechnology, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. For the past few years, he has been an invited guest professor at the KIT where he collaborates with researchers in Chemistry and Nanomaterials. These collaborations have led to students from Karlsruhe visiting his laboratories at Western Ontario on exchange programs and graduate students in his laboratories have themselves had the opportunity to participate in extended research stays in Germany during the course of their studies. Having experienced first-hand the numerous positives they bring, he is a strong advocate for mobility programs for students and researchers. John would be delighted to discuss study and research opportunities in Germany, especially to anyone with interests in the natural sciences. He would also be more than happy to share why he has thoroughly enjoyed his time living and working there.
Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

Professor of German - University of North Texas, Denton

Research Interests: German literature and culture, German film, memory studies
Universities/Research Institutes in Germany: Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach

E-Mail: carolanne.costabile-heming[at]unt[.]edu


Carol Anne Costabile-Heming is currently Professor of German at University of North Texas. Her current book in progress, “Understanding Friedrich Christian Delius, examines the life and works of contemporary author F.C. Delius, examining Delius’ investigation of history and the way that he uses this history to criticize contemporary German society. To date, her research has received the support of the American Council on Germany, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the International Research and Exchanges Board, as well as the DAAD. Her chapter “History in Context: The Spreebogen and Das Haus am Werderschen Markt in the Context of the Architectural Debates” is forthcoming in the volume After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond, edited by Katharina Gerstenberger and Jana Braziel. Her broader research interests include interdisciplinary investigations of German culture from the perspective of film studies, memory studies, and urban planning.

In 2011, Carol Anne was the recipient of a DAAD Study Visit grant, which supported the travel of 12 students to Berlin as a complement to a semester-long course on 20th century Berlin history and culture. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in German literature and culture or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Manfred Diehl

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies - Colorado State University

Research Interests: Self-concept and social-emotional development across the adult lifespan; Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC); Methods for the study of developmental change.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Heidelberg;
Jacobs University Bremen; Free University Berlin
E-Mail: diehl[a]daad.org


Manfred Diehl is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research focuses on self-concept and social-emotional development across the adult lifespan and on awareness of age-related change in adults. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Division 20: Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association. His most recent work on awareness of age-related change is conducted in collaboration with his colleague, Professor Hans-Werner Wahl, from the Institute of Psychological Aging Research at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. The research of Diehl and Wahl on awareness of age-related change is currently funded by a 3-year grant from the TransCoop-Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and focuses on the development of measurement instruments for cross-cultural comparisons. In addition, Diehl and Wahl have received funding through Funding Line 1 and 2 from the DAAD to work toward the building of a bi-national PhD program in the area of psychological aging research.

Manfred is a native of Germany where he received his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Bonn in 1984. Funded by a pre-doctoral scholarship from the DAAD, he came to the U.S. in 1985 and started his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. After completion of his degree, he decided to stay in the U.S. where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After his post-doctoral appointment, he held tenure-track positions at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Florida, where he established his research programs. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 2006. Manfred has always been active in facilitating exchanges between U.S. and German universities and has maintained active and rewarding relationships with colleagues at several universities in Germany, including the University of Heidelberg, the Jacobs University Bremen, and the Free University Berlin.
Professor Edward J. Eberle

Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law - Rhode Island

Research Interests: Constitutional, comparative and international law
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universities of Heidelberg and Münster
E-Mail: eeberle[at]rwu[dot]edu


Professor Edward Eberle is a Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and works primarily in areas of constitutional and comparative and international law. I regularly teach the primary courses in Constitutional Law, and also teaches seminars in Free Speech, Freedom of Religion and the Supreme Court (usually specializing in a Court, like the Warren or Rehnquist Court), and also regularly teaches courses in Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and International Business Transactions. My scholarly publications mirror my teaching interests: constitutional law, free speech, freedom of religion, all from either a US or comparative dimension. Professor Eberle is fluent in German, and regularly teaches and lectures abroad, particularly in Germany, at the Universities of Heidelberg and Münster, where he has been a Fulbright and German Marshall Fund Scholar. I also teach in Denmark at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

My major publications include a book on Dignity and Liberty: Constitutional Visions in Germany and the United States and I have three books currently in progress: Church and State in Western Society: Established Church, Cooperation and Separation, a book on Roger Williams and a comparative constitutional law casebook. My major law review articles are The Method and Role of Comparative Law, 8 Wash U. Global Studies L. Rev. 451 (2009); Patterns of Order in Comparative Law: Discovering and Decoding Invisible Powers, 38 Texas Int’l L. J. 291 (2004)(co-author, Bernhard Grossfeld); Free Exercise of Religion in Germany and the United States, 78 Tulane L. Rev. 1023 (2004); Religion in the Classroom in Germany and the United States, 81 Tulane L. Rev. 67 (2006); Human Dignity, Privacy and Personality in German and American Constitutional Law, 1997 Utah L. Rev. 963.
Steven Ehlert

PhD candidate in Physics - Stanford University

Research Interests: High Energy Astrophysics, Observational Cosmology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Heidelberg
E-Mail: ehlert[at]daad.org


Steven Ehlert is a PhD student at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, a research institute associated with Stanford University and Slac National Accelerator Laboratory. His current research interests include X-ray astronomy, the formation of large scale structure in the universe, and observational cosmology.

As a segue between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he spent the 2007-2008 academic year at the Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik in Heidelberg Germany. Feeling that he needed more energy in his studies, his German research focused on gamma ray astronomy using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a telescope located in the highlands of Namibia.

When not contemplating the universe or enjoying the perpetual sunshine of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Steven plans elaborate schemes that will send him back to Germany once his PhD thesis is complete. He is willing to help you get there too if you ask nicely.
Dr. Thian Yew Gan

Associate Professor Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Interests: Hydrologic processes and modeling, climatology, remote sensing, climate change, water resources management and planning, and snow hydrology.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technical University Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
E-Mail: tgan[at]ualberta[dot]ca



Thian Yew Gan, a professor in the civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alberta since 1993, is currently an Rossby Visiting Fellow at Stockholm University, Sweden. He and Professor Roger Barry of the University of Colorado-Boulder have recently published a book, “Global Cryosphere- Past, Present and Future” by the Cambridge University Press. Thian is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has supervised 7 postdoctoral fellows, graduated 10 PhDs, and 20 master, and published over one hundred and twenty technical papers in various reputable international journals. Thian has been an Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2011), a visiting professor to EPFL, Lausanne of Switzerland (2010), visiting scientist to Cemagraf, France (2009), a CIRES Visiting Fellow at University of Colorado-Boulder (2007, 2008); Guest University professor (W3) of Technical University of Munich (2006-2007); Adjunct professor of Utah State University (1998-2005); Honorary Professor of Xian University of Technology, China (since 2004); Honorary professor of Yangtze University (2010-2013), China; Visiting professor of Kyoto University and JSPS Fellow, Japan (1999-2000); Guest professor of Saga University, Japan (1999); and assistant professor of Asian Institute of Technology of Thailand (1989-1990). Thian was a recipient of an eleven-month university guest professorship (W3) grant from the DAAD in 2006-7. During his stay in TUM, Munich, he primarily taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrology, water resources management and planning, and conducted a research on the flood mapping of the Danube River of 2006 using the European satellite data of ERS-1. He was also a recipient of a University of Alberta-LMU collaborative research grant of 2009 to initiate a collaborative research on the possible impact of climate change to watersheds of Bavaria, Germany. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in hydrology, climatology, climate change and water resources or related disciplines and sources of funding, please feel free to contact him.
Eckart Graeve, RA LEED AP.

Architecht and Urban Planner in New York City; teaches at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

Research Interests: Urban design and contemporary urban life styles, legislation and policy concerning architecture and urban planning, entrepreneurial micro-manufacturing and custom fabrication technology, philosophy and application of sustainable design.
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Technology Darmstadt
E-Mail: graeve[at]daad.org


Eckart Graeve is an architect and urban planner in New York City. He is a licensed architect in Germany and in New York State and a LEED accredited professional. He practices urban planning at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and teaches at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He was awarded numerous awards for competitions and completed work, particularly the second prize in the Van Alen New York Architect Competition for a Pavilion in Coney Island and the Best Historic Restoration Award by the Municipal Arts Society for the Diane von Furstenberg Building (project architect for Work AC). Graeve is a dual citizen of Germany and the US, and familiar with life, culture and academic structures in both countries. He is interested in international exchange concerning research and development in architecture and planning. Graeve is familiar with the particular landscape of funds, grants and competitions in the field of design, architecture and planning. Please feel free to contact him with any questions.
Dr. Eckhard A. Groll

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Office of Professional Practice - Purdue University, Indiana

Research Interests: Technical thermodynamics and thermal systems
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruhr Univeristy Bochum, Leibnitz University Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
E-Mail: groll@daad.org




Dr. Eckhard A. Groll is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Office of Professional Practice at Purdue University. He joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and to Full Professor in 2005. He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, in 1989 and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1994. Professor Groll teaches Thermodynamics and his research focuses on the fundamental thermal sciences as applied to advanced HVAC&R systems, components, and their working fluids. Since joining Purdue, he has been the principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI on 84 research grants and 43 educational grants with a total budget of $9.2 million. Dr. Groll has authored or co-authored 83 archival journal articles and 147 conference papers. He has been the co-author of two handbook chapters and the editor or co-editor of seven conference proceedings. He has given 53 invited lectures or seminars and 4 keynote lectures. He serves as the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Refrigeration and is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Dr. Groll has been recognized for his academic leadership in higher education. He is a 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and participated in the Academic Leadership Program of the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC-ALP) during 2009-2010. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching excellence including the 2010 E. K. Campbell Award from ASHRAE, his induction into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University in 2008, and the 2007 Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award.
Dr. Martin Habekost

Associate Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Research Interests: Color & color differencing equations, digital print technologies and quantification of printed metallic inks
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hanover, German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK)
E-Mail: habekost[at]daad.org


Martin Habekost is Associate Professor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The program is the only university-based four-year program geared towards the printing industry in Canada. His research has been focused on color, the visual perception of color differences and their numerical expression using various color differencing equations. This research endeavor has led to numerous conference presentations at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) and peer-reviewed publications. He has also authored a chapter in the book Digital Photography for Print (Printing Industries of America, 2009).

Before researching and teaching at Ryerson University, Dr. Habekost worked for 10 years in the printing ink manufacturing industry in Germany and Canada. He received his PhD from the University of Hanover, Germany, in analytical chemistry in conjunction with the German Institute of Rubber Technology (www.dikautschuk.de). The School of Graphic Communications Management and the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart have an active faculty and student exchange program.
Habiba Hadziavdic

Faculty, Department of Modern and Classical Languages – University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota

Research Interests: film, Sinti and Roma studies, minority and ethnic studies, cultural studies, and 20th-century German literature.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Free University Berlin
E-mail: hadziavdic[at]daad.org


Habiba Hadziavdic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and moved to the United States in 1993. A year into her PhD studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she was awarded a DAAD grant to study in Germany for one year. She was enrolled in classes in the Theater und Filmwissenschaft department at the Frei Universitaet in Berlin. Subsequently, she has done research in Muenchen, Heidelberg, and Berlin. Upon completing her PhD in Germanic Studies, she moved to Minneapolis, MN. Currently, she is teaching in the department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul, MN.

Paula Hanssen

Associate Professor
Coordinator of German Studies at Webster University in St. Louis

Research Interests: 20th century literature, Bertolt Brecht, Exile, Women's Literature
University/Research Institution in Germany: Bertolt Brecht Archiv, Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin
E-Mail: hanssen[at]webster[dot]edu


Specialization: Modern German and Austrian literature, Bertolt Brecht and his collaborators. Technology is an important part of instruction, especially use of Internet resources in foreign language and culture in context, "hybrid" online+travel courses. The Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages travel to countries where German is spoken, especially at Webster University in Vienna, where German is part of the curriculum. Recent short study tours include 'Paris and Vienna: Culture Capitals' and 'Berlin: Culture in a Divided City'. Currently at work on online courses and research on women collaborator with Bertolt Brecht in exile, Paula Hanssen is past chair of the Small Interest Group (SIG) for Small German Programs in ACTFL, American Association of Teachers of Foreign Language, and is at-large member of Missouri AATG, American Association of Teachers of German -- as well as Treasurer for the International Brecht Society.

Courses: Fin-de-Siecle Vienna in Literature and Art Study Abroad/Online: 'Cultural Capitals Paris and Vienna' and 'Berlin: culture in a divided city' German for beginner, intermediate, advanced levels German Film from Caligari to Lola Rennt Intro. German Literature I and II: from Hildebrandslied to v. Schlink Bertolt Brecht: Poet and Playwrite/Fascinating Fascism (in English)
Dr. George Heffernan

Professor, Department of Philosophy - Merrimack College, Massachusetts

Research Interests: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ethics (esp. Contemporary Moral Problems,e.g. environmental, medical, technological issues)
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne (PhD 1981, sabbatical research 1998); Freie Universitaet Berlin (sabbatical research 2003)
E-Mail: heffernan[at]daad.org


Concentrating on contemporary European philosophy, Professor Heffernan specializes in phenomenology, hermeneutics, and existentialism, focusing on evidence, understanding, and meaning. He has presented numerous papers at scholarly conferences, including the World Congress of Philosophy, the International Husserl Circle, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and the International Humanities Conference. He has published numerous monographs, including in Phaenomenologica, Husserl Studies, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology, and the International Journal of the Humanities. He has received three one-year grants from DAAD. Presently Professor Heffernan is completing an edition of Augustine’s Against the Academicians that addresses the perennial issues raised by Hellenistic skepticism, recast by Cartesian rationalism, and revised by contemporary epistemology.

As a DAAD Fellow, Professor Heffernan met his future wife, Dr. Young-Hee Kim, who studied at the University of Cologne and has served as an ambassador for the Republic of Korea. German is their common language; Korean, Turkish and Indian are their favorite foods; and Greece is their choice vacation destination. They know from experience that intercultural education widens people’s horizons, deepens mutual understanding, furthers international commerce, and strengthens world peace. During a sabbatical in Berlin in 2003 Professor Heffernan was elated to finish the Berlin Marathon in a respectable time and honored to be beaten by a determined Kenyan on his way to a new world record.
Dr. Helmut H.A. Hergeth

Associate Professor in Textile Management at NC State University

Research Interests: Strategic Textile Management, Strategic Cost Management, Technology Roadmapping, Business Visualization.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität; FH Bielefeld;
RWTH Aachen and HSNR
E-Mail: hergeth[at]daad.org


Dr. Hergeth holds a BS degree in Textiles (1980) from North Carolina State University, an MBA (1982) and a Ph.D. (1986) in Business Management and Economics from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.

Helmut Hergeth joined the faculty of the College of Textiles at NC State in 1991 after working for Akzo-Nobel’s Fiber and Polymer Division in Germany and in the United. At NC State, Helmut teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level and conducts research in strategic aspects of textile management. He has initiated and maintained exchange collaborations with German and European textile and business schools like the multilateral Transatlantic Textile Network and is looking forward to discussing research and study in Germany.
Dr. Jim Hurley

Manager New Product Development - PolyOne Corporation, Kennesaw, GA

Research Interests: Applied Polymer Chemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Philipps-Universitaet Marburg
E-Mail: hurley[at]daad.org


Jim Hurley is the New Product Development Manager for Wilflex Inks, a division of PolyOne Corporation. In his research, he is focused on developing new environmentally friendly and sustainable printing inks for the specialty graphics industry. This work provides him many opportunities to deal directly with scientists at German chemical giants BASF, Lanxess, Evonik and Altana-- key suppliers of raw materials to this market. Prior to Wilflex, Dr. Hurley worked at Cookson Electronics developing electronic packaging materials and also spent eight years with BASF in both Germany and the US, focusing on engineering thermoplastics.

After completing his B.S. (SUNY Stony Brook) and M. Phil. Degree (Syracuse University), Hurley received a DAAD research fellowship from 1986-1989, which enabled him to complete his dissertation in Marburg under Prof. Ch. Elschenbroich (Promotion 1989). Since 1998, He has lived in Atlanta with his wife Dr. Annette Bretschneider and their two children. He looks forward to discussing life and study in Germany with any interested parties.
Margaret Jackson

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology - The Florida State University

Research Interests: Ethnomusicology and Music History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne, Zentrum für Türkeistudien, Hanns Eisler Archive/Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule
E-Mail: jackson[at]daad.org


A singer, voice instructor, and ethnomusicologist, Margaret Jackson holds the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and the Doctor of Music in voice performance from Florida State University, the Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate in voice performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in German and Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College.

In 2007 Dr. Jackson was named an American Fellow, a distinction awarded by the American Association of University Women that financially supported her dissertation work. She is the recipient of the 2006 Florida State University Graduate Research and Creativity Award and the 2005 Dale Olsen Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast-Caribbean Chapter) for her research. She is a former Deutsch Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) visiting scholar to the University of Cologne, Germany, where she studied of hip-hop music production among migrant and post-migrant youths in the Ruhrgebiet. Jackson is also a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

In appearances with operatic, musical theater, symphonic, and chamber ensembles throughout Germany, Italy, South America, and the United States, Jackson has proved herself a versatile artist and interpreter of new music with more than forty world and U.S. premieres to her credit. She has also sought to champion not only new but neglected vocal repertoire, particularly the works of German composers Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau.

At Florida Sate University, she teaches courses in world musics, popular music, Western music history, and applied studio voice.
Dr. Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics - University of Oregon

Research Interests: General Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Linguistic Typology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Koeln, Universitaet Muenster
E-Mail: jingschmidt[at]daad.org


Dr. Jing-Schmidt is currently visiting assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Oregon (2008-2010). She was a recipient of the DAAD annual research fellowship (1999-2000) during her graduate studies at UCLA. She continued to study in Germany after that year and received her PhD in linguistics in Cologne (Promotion 2003). She has received generous financial support from the Lise-Meitner program and the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation during her postdoc research. Dr. Jing-Schmidt has recently been awarded a three-year research grant by the DFG (German Research Foundation). If you have questions regarding graduate, postdoctoral or faculty research in linguistics and funding possibilities in Germany, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Sami Khuri

Professor of Computer Science - San Jose State University

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Dortmund (1994-95), Technische Universitaet Muenchen (1999-2000)
E-Mail: khuri[at]daad.org


Sami Khuri holds a PhD. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, NY, USA. He is a Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University, where he mainly teaches bioinformatics. His main research interests lie in the development of probabilistic algorithms, such as Hidden Markov Models and Genetic Algorithms, for detecting patterns in DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright, the Dana Research, NSF, NIH, and two DAAD. As a DAAD scholar, he spent 1994-1995 in the Computer Science Department of Dortmund University where he taught and conducted research in Evolutionary Algorithms and Coding Theory. His second stay as a DAAD recipient, in 1999-2000, was in the Lehrstuhl fuer Efficiente Algorithmen at the Technical University of Munich where he taught and conducted research in the analysis of algorithms and in data compression. He is also very interested in computer science education.

His international experience includes visiting positions at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Dortmund University and the Technical University of Munich in Germany, universities in Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Lebanon. Being a strong proponent of international and intercultural exchanges, he was honored and pleased to be chosen as a DAAD Research Ambassador and looks forward to be in touch with students and faculty who are thinking of studying/teaching/researching in Germany. To learn more about his professional interests, please visit: www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/khuri
Dr. Mary Lindemann

Professor and Chair, Department of History - University of Miami

Research Interests: German social, cultural, and medical history; early modern; literature and history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitӓt Hamburg (Arbeitsstelle für Hamburgische Geschichte); Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel)
E-Mail: mlindemann[at]miami[dot]edu




Mary Lindemann is currently Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Miami. Her current work in progress is a book-length manuscript on “The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790,” that examines the political culture, identities, and business practices of elites in these three cities in a comparative perspective. She is also the author of four books on German history and medical history: Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990); Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1999; 2nd. rev. ed., 2010); and Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great (The Johns Hopkins University Press). Her most recent research involves an exploration of the interaction of true-crime stories, fiction, and history in eighteenth-century Germany and an exploration of guardianship (Vormundschaft) in early modern Germany. Lindemann has received numerous grants and fellowships to support her research over the years, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Regional Research Fellowship, a National Library of Medicine Fellowship, and has been a resident Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar), and the Flemish Academy for Advanced Study (Brussels). She is on the editorial board of Central European History, on the Advisory Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and on the editorial board of Studies in Central European Histories (Brill Publishers). In addition, she currently serves on the Executive Board of the German Studies Association. She has received two DAAD Study Grants (1983 and 1996) and has done extensive research in numerous libraries and archives in Germany. If you have questions regarding research opportunities in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century cultural and social history, or in the history of medicine, or about available sources of funding, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Benjamin Marschke

Associate Professor of History, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Research Interests: Early modern European/German/Prussian history, historical anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, history of religion.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Erfurt; Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen;
Herzog August Bibliothek,Wolfenbüttel; Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle; Forschungsbibliothek Gotha;
Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
E-Mail: marschke[at]humboldt[dot]edu




Benjamin Marschke is currently an Associate Professor of History at Humboldt State University in California. He holds a Ph.D. in History from UCLA (2003), where he studied under David Warren Sabean and Geoffrey Symcox. Marschke was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 1999-2000, which he used to conduct research at the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin) and the Archiv der Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle. While a graduate student Marschke also received the support of the Center for German and European Studies (UC Berkeley), the Universität Erfurt, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen). Marschke's dissertation was published as Absolutely Pietist: Patronage, Factionalism, and State-Building in the Early Eighteenth-Century Prussian Army Chaplaincy in 2005. Marschke was also the program director of the German Studies Association's 2009 conference, a co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (2010) and the author of numerous articles on the social/cultural/political history of Halle Pietism. Marschke is currently working on a cultural history of the royal court and monarchical self-representation of King Frederick William I of Prussia (1713–1740), and he has published several articles and presented many conference papers on the subject. To carry out this project Marschke has received the support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; the Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle; the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha; the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel; the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; and the DAAD, in the form of Re-Invitation Fellowships. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in history or related disciplines and sources of funding, then please feel free to contact him.
Dr. Peter Martin

Director, Gerontology Program - Iowa State University

Research Interests: Human development and Family Studies, Gerontology,longevity, personality, stress, coping and mental health
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail:pxmartin[at]iastate[dot]edu




Peter Martin is Professor and Director of the Gerontology Program at Iowa State University. His research is concerned with psychological aspects of aging, especially among centenarians (i.e., people one hundred years and older). His work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Marchionne Foundation, and the European Science Foundation. Peter was a DAAD exchange student from Germany when he attended the Pennsylvania State University in 1982/83. As a faculty member at Iowa State University, he was the recipient of a DAAD scholarship in 1995 to conduct research at the University of Heidelberg. He conducted studies on centenarians in Heidelberg and gave a number of guest lectures. His research at the Gerontology Institute in Heidelberg led to his position as director of the German Center for Research on Ageing at the University of Heidelberg. Peter directed the center from 1998 to 2000 and then returned to Iowa State University. For questions about gerontology or psychology research at German universities, feel free to contact Peter at Iowa State University.
Dr. Pierre Mertiny

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Interests: Polymer composite materials, composite pressure vessels and piping, nanocomposites, composite energy storage flywheel rotors
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hannover
E-Mail: pmertiny[at]ualberta[dot]ca




Pierre Mertiny is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he is the co-director of the Advanced Composite Materials Engineering Group. His research is concerned with polymer composite structures with applications in the energy industry. He has published extensively on this subject matter in several scientific journals and proceedings of national and international conferences. He also co-authored one book chapter on polymer composite energy storage flywheel rotors, which is currently in press. His research has received support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and industrial sponsors such as Syncrude Canada and RoPlast GmbH. Besides supervising graduate students on the Ph.D. and M.Sc. level, Pierre regularly offers international students the opportunity for a research term. Over the last six years, he has supervised 10 graduate students and 10 undergraduate students, and hosted 14 international students from the Universität Hannover, universities in Saxony and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. Since 2009 he is the liaison and fund raiser for stipends that facilitate the participation of Canadian students in the Summer School Program on Renewable Energy Technology at the Technical University of Freiberg.

Pierre received a Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from the Universität Hannover in 1999. Previous awards and recognition include the Student and Doctoral Scholarship by Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus GmbH / Airbus Germany (1996 – 2004), a Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Alberta (2003), NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005), and the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2012). He is a member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In connection with ASME, he is also the membership chair and a conference organizer for the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division. Pierre is currently on a 12-month sabbatical stay at the Technische Universität München.
Dr. David Mirhady

Professor and Chair, Humanities Department - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 



Research Interests: Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Rhetorical Theory, the School of Aristotle
University/Research Institution in Germany: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

E-Mail: dmirhady[at]sfu[dot]ca




David Mirhady currently chairs the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University, which means that he also has responsibility as Chair for the university’s Language Training Institute, whose languages include German. His most recent research projects have included a translation of the Rhetoric to Alexander for the Loeb Classical Library, which was largely completed during a month’s stay in 2010 at the Seminar für allgemeine Rhetorik in Tübingen, and conference papers on the Peripatetic philosopher Phainias at the Universität Trier and on Aristotelian rhetoric and poetics at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Bologna, both in 2011. He also hosts a web site on ancient Greek law at www.sfu.ca/nomoi. 
 David was the recipient of a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD in 1988-89. During his stay in Göttingen, he primarily conducted research at the Seminar für Klassische Philologie on rhetorical approaches to evidentiary argumentation in classical Athenian law. The resulting publications have steered his further research for more than twenty years. In June 2010 he gave his first guest lecture in German at Heidelberg. If you have questions concerning research opportunities in classics or related disciplines and sources of funding please feel free to contact him.
Dr. Harry Louis Roddy, Jr.

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures - University of South Alabama

Research Interests: Twentieth Century German Literature
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: FU Berlin
E-Mail: roddy[at]daad.org


Harry Louis Roddy, Jr. is Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a doctoral thesis
on the poetry of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Nicolas Born and Jürgen Theobaldy. He was supported in his doctoral research by a DAAD Full Grant in 1998-99, which time he spent at the Freie Universität Berlin.

His current research interests revolve around Brinkmann and novelist Hans Henny Jahnn. He resides in Mobile with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Marina and Greta.
Dr. Aguyen Sahin

Instructor in Neurosurgery - Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests: Cancer Research, Gene and Cellular Therapy
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Bonn, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
E-Mail: sahin[at]daad.org


Ayguen Sahin, Ph.D., is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. She was born and grew up in Frankfurt/M. She moved to Istanbul, Turkey with her family and received her B.S. in Biology and M.S. with honors in Applied Biology in Hacettepe University, Ankara, where she was also appointed as a Research and Teaching Instructor. She decided to go back to her motherland, where she received her Ph.D. degree with honors in Genetics at University of Bonn, Department of Molecular Pathology. She conducted part of her doctoral work in Institute Pasteur, Lille, France. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bochum, she built and run the Neuro-Oncology laboratory before she accepted a postdoctoral position at MGH-HMS Center for Nervous System Disease at the Carter Laboratory in 2006.

Since her Ph.D., her research has been focusing on molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain cancer and discovering novel genetic and cellular therapy approaches for this deadly disease, in hope to taking these experimental therapies into patients. In 2008, her work on Adoptive Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma was awarded with a two-year Research Fellowship Award from the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). She received a number of awards and honors during her academic career and served as an active board member in many committees. Her multicultural lifestyle and international academic and research experience broaden her perspective in many aspects, and she encourages international students and scientists to consider conducting research abroad.
Dr. Richard Schaefer

Assistant Professor of History - State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh

Research Interests:Modern European Intellectual History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt
E-Mail: schaefer[at]daad.org


Richard Schaefer is assistant professor of history at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. Trained in modern European intellectual history, Schaefer received the Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005.
His current research focuses on the role of European scholars in the Catholic revival movement in the nineteenth century, and he is currently at work on a manuscript titled Catholic Science: Culture and Confession in German-Speaking Europe, 1815-65.
Dr. Schaefer was a recipient of a DAAD award in 1999-2000 to complete dissertation research at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt (and celebrate the millennium in Köln!). He also spent his junior year abroad at the university in Mannheim.
Dr. Annette Scharf

Postdoctoral Scholar - Josh Elias Lab, Stanford University

Research Interests: Chemical and systems biology, school of medicine
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
E-Mail: ascharf[at]stanford[dot]edu




Annette Scharf received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany. During her PhD she studied the dynamics of histone modifications using mass spectrometry and was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim PhD fellowship. Fascinated by protein dynamics, she joined the Elias lab at Stanford University to pursue her postdoctoral studies. Her current research includes elucidating how perturbed protein degradation might affect autoimmune diseases by means of mass spectrometry. Her postdoctoral studies were supported by a School of Medicine Dean’s fellowship and a two year DFG research fellowship.
Dr. Joerg Schlatterer

Research Associate in Biochemistry - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City

Research Interests: Biophysics, Nanotechnology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universitaet Berlin (1999), Universitaet Heidelberg (PhD 2003)
E-Mail: schlatterer[at]daad.org


Joerg Schlatterer is a faculty member in the department of biochemistry at Einstein. His research spans multiple aspects of nucleic acids chemistry including organic synthesis, design and application of in vitro evolution methods, structural investigation of RNA catalysts, exploration of the dynamic of ribozymes, and biophysical characterization of biopolymers and their complexes. The goal of his research is to understand basic principles of nucleic acids chemistry and structural biology in order to create better molecular tools. Dr. Schlatterer is a native German. He studied chemistry in Berlin and received his PhD in Heidelberg. In 2004, he moved to the US and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida before he accepted a position as research associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006. Since 2006, Dr. Schlatterer has represented the Einstein postdoctoral community on the institutional and national level. His administrative interests include career development and internationalization of systems of higher education.
Dr. Raphael Schneider

Resident – University of Toronto - Neurology

Research Interests: Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: schneider[at]daad.org


Raphael Schneider is a resident at the University of Toronto. He recently completed his fellowship "The impact of interleukin-15 and interleukin-27 on CD8 T cell cytotoxicity in the context of Multiple Sclerosis” at the University of Montreal. The project reflects his interests in the immunological mechanism underlying the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis. Raphael is a native German. He went to medical school in Freiburg and did a research thesis in the field of Neuroimmunology under Prof. Sebastian Rauer. The DAAD awarded him a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (2008-2009) to conduct research in Montréal under Ass. Prof. Nathalie Arbour.

Raphael strongly believes that the DAAD offers many unique opportunities for students and faculty to learn and work at universities and research institutions across Germany. He is looking forward to discussing life, study and science with students and faculty who consider a stay in Germany.

Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers

PhD candidate in German Literature – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: Nineteenth Century German Literature and Culture
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: schreiberbyers[at]daad.org


Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers is a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Elizabeth is completing her dissertation tentatively titled "Power Play: Beyond the Erotics of Masochism in German Literature and Philosophy During the Long 19th Century," which explores the issues of consensual power at the heart of masochism and how they are depicted in politics, religion, and education in nineteenth-century literature and philosophy. With support from the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Elizabeth spent the 2009-2010 academic year at the Universität Tübingen building a research relationship with the faculty in the German faculty. She has worked at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach as well as several libraries in support of her project. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about building relationships with German academics and conducting research in literary archives and special collections.
Dr. Nico Schüler

Professor of Music Theory and Musicology - School of Music, Texas State University

Research Interests: interdisciplinary aspects of modern music, methods and methodology of music research, computer applications in music, music theory pedagogy, world music
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: E.-M. Arndt Universität Greifswald; Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; Deutscher Tonkünstler-Verband Berlin; Humboldt Universität
E-Mail: schueler[at]daad.org


Dr. Nico Schüler grew up in Germany and studied at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald and at Michigan State University. He is Professor of Music Theory and Musicology as well as Coordinator of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Texas State University in San Marcos. He was an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, England, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia, Peru, South Korea, Japan, and throughout the United States and Canada. In 2006-2007, he was honored as “Distinguished International Scholar” by the Slovenian Government and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr. Schüler is the editor of the research book series Methodology of Music Research (New York: Peter Lang), the editor of the peer-reviewed journal South Central Music Bulletin, the author and / or editor of 20 books, and the author of more than 100 articles. At Texas State University, Dr. Schüler was the Coordinator of Music Theory (2001-2006 and since 2012), Director of Graduate Studies in Music (2006-2008), Presidential Fellow (2008-2009), Co-Chair of the QEP Team (2007-2010), and Co-Chair of the Common Experience (2006-2011).
Dr. Adam R. Seipp

Assistant Professor, Department of History – Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Modern German History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Julius Maximilians Universitaet Wuerzburg
E-Mail: seipp[at]daad.org


Adam R. Seipp is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He earned his PhD in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Seipp is the author of The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917-21. Currently, he is working on a book about refugees and refugee management in American-occupied Germany after the Second World War. Seipp is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters on American base policy, refugees, West German rearmament, and the legacy of the First World War.

Dr. Seipp has held competitive research funding from, among others, the Fulbright Program, DAAD, German Historical Institute - Washington, German Marshall Fund, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Dr. Simone Seym

Goethe-Institut - Washington, D.C.

Research Interests: German and European Cultural Studies, Sustainable Film and Performing Arts
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Karlsruhe; University of Mannheim
E-Mail: seym[at]daad.org


Simone Seym’s most recent research is about Sustainability & the Arts. The goal of her research is to explain the imagery that goes along with sustainability on the cognitive level.

Dr. Seym is a native German. She studied German Literature, Philosophy, and Medieval Arts in Karlsruhe (PhD) and received her D.E.A. in Performing- and Cinematic Arts at the Sorbonne in Paris. Following her appointment as DAAD Lecturer in Japan, where Dr. Seym lectured at the International Institute for Advanced Studies, IIAS, in Kyoto, she taught and pursued postdoctoral research at the University in Mannheim with a DAAD-grant. In 2000-01 Dr. Seym was an Associate Scholar with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the GACVS in Washington, and then worked with a TLTSI-Grant at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology Department.

Her expertise is in German and European Cultural Studies, especially German and European literature, film, and theatre, and Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil. She is trained in the new media, and the author of two books, about Ariane Mnouchkine and a textbook for German Studies.
Dr. Conrad Siegers

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry - University of Toronto

Research Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Photovoltaics
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg Materials Research Center
E-Mail: csiegers[at]daad.org


Conrad Siegers grew up in Aachen, and completed his university education at the University of Freiburg, Germany. While pursuing his Chemistry degree (Diplom Chemiker) he also spent one year at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, as a participant in the Ontario-Baden-Wuerttemberg Exchange Program. For his Masters thesis, Conrad joined the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF) and Institute for Polymer Chemistry at the University of Freiburg. During his PhD, he investigated novel dyes for solar energy conversion in close collaboration with colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg. After completing his PhD degree in 2007, Conrad became a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, ON, Canada under guidance of Prof. Mitchell A. Winnik. From September 2008 to December 2009 he was funded by Saudi-Arabia’s King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. Since January 2010, Conrad has been working as a Senior Research Scientist at Global R&D - Business Unit Butyl Rubber at LANXESS Inc. in London, Ontario. Conrad is committed to fostering intercultural exchange. Taking part in the DAAD’s Research Ambassador program is a logical continuation of his past participation in the Freiburg chapter of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Conrad is happy to answer your questions with respect to doing research in Germany (notably in the areas of chemistry and the materials sciences).

Dr. Gabrielle Siegers

The Robarts Research Institute - London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests: Cell therapy, Immunotherapy
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Freiburg, Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology
E-Mail: gsiegers[at]daad.org


Gabrielle Siegers was born in North York, ON and grew up in Bracebridge, Muskoka, Canada. While pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, she studied for one year in Tübingen, Germany, through the Ontario-Badenwürttemberg (OBW) Exchange Program. She graduated in 1997 with an Honours Bachelor of Science with two majors: Biochemistry and German Studies. During her MA studies at Queen’s University, she spent a year in Berlin with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, working as a teaching assistant at a Gymnasium and doing research for her Master’s Thesis in German Studies, entitled “The Emancipation of Women in the GDR as Portrayed in Helga Schubert’s Lauter Leben”. She returned to Germany and the Natural Sciences, earning a PhD from the University of Freiburg in Molecular Immunology in February 2007. Her doctoral work was completed at the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, in the laboratories of Dr. Wolfgang Schamel and Prof. Michael Reth. Her dissertation was entitled “Structural Organization of B and T Cell Antigen Receptors”. Gabrielle returned to Canada and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cell Therapy Program at the Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Armand Keating. There, she established a pre-clinical xenograft Ph+ leukemia model to test human gamma delta T cell (GDTc) therapy. She is currently studying GDTc in the context of breast cancer as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Lynne-Marie Postovit in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Western University in London, Ontario.
Dr. David Luther Smith

Assistant Professor, Department of foreign Languages and Literatures – East Carolina University

Research Interests: German Literary and Cultural Studies
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Forschungsbibliothek Gotha;Universitaet Leipzig; Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: smith[at]daad.org


David Luther Smith is Assistant Professor of German at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. His research examines the intersections of belief, media and language theory in German texts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Originally from South Carolina, he has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD to study and conduct research at the Universität Leipzig, the Universität Mannheim, and at the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha. He is currently working on a book manuscript on early German Enlightenment commemorations of Gutenberg’s printing press. For more information, please visit him at www.ecu.edu/german.
Dr. Lydia Tesfa

Faculty Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, NY

Research Interests: Immunology, Flow Cytometry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Humboldt University
E-Mail: tesfa[at]daad.org


Dr. Lydia Tesfa is a PhD immunologist with 10 years’ experience in biomedical research and have been at the forefront of biomedical research and have made pioneering contributions to a number of critically important areas in health science, including tuberculosis, human papillomavirus, a known cause of cervical cancer. Dr. Tesfa’s groundbreaking work using the technique of flow cytometry has garnered her both national and international recognition, and she is acknowledged expert in the application of this method to a variety of biomedical research areas. Dr.Tesfa worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In the world-renowned laboratory of Dr. William R. Jacobs where she pursued research in multiple projects involving the design of prophylactic as well as therapeutic vaccines against HIV, tuberculosis and Human papillomavirus. She developed recombinant mycobacterial vectors for T cell priming against cervical cancer – which is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. Dr. Tesfa pursued DAAD-sponsored PhD training in laboratory of Prof. Hans-Dieter Volk at the Charite Medical Institute of Immunology, Humboldt University Berlin Germany. In 2004 Dr. received a prestigious award for her PhD thesis from the German Society of Flow Cytometry. Her research utilized the highly specialized technique of flow cytometry for the investigation of tuberculosis specific T cells and because of her methods she has been able to broaden the scope of research that can use this important method. Currently Dr. Tesfa is a faculty associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Charles Webster

Visiting Instructor in German and applied linguistics - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: German as a foreign language, linguistic minorities, language and migration, study abroad
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: cwebste[at]illinois[dot]edu




Charles Webster has accepted a position as Visiting Instructor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2012-13 academic year. He is also completing a PhD in German with an applied linguistics focus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation, entitled “Language Evidence in the German Study Abroad Context: Availability and Learner Management Strategies,” focuses on the social aspects of language acquisition and use during study abroad. The dissertation study tracks American students participating in a yearlong study abroad program and explores both the quantity and types of language evidence (input) that students encounter, the extent to which students engage with native speakers, the factors (such as community affiliation and identity) that influence students’ decisions to interact with native speakers, and how those decisions relate to proficiency gains. Charles was awarded a ten-month doctoral research grant from the DAAD to conduct his dissertation research at the Universität Freiburg during the 2009-10 academic year. If you have questions about German language and linguistics research, feel free to contact him.
Dr. Rick White

Professor of Chemistry - Sam Houston State University, Texas

Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitaet Würzburg (1998, 2002), Universitaet Siegen (2007)
E-Mail: white[at]daad.org


A native Iowan, Dr. Rick White received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1977 and taught at Drake University until offered a position at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX in 1984. There he carries out research in Organic Photochemistry. In 1998, Professor White received his first DAAD grant to go to the University of Würzburg where he worked with Prof. Waldemar Adam on the photochemistry of phenyl hydroxylamine. Dr. Adam recently retired with 1001 publications. His labs were well organized and quite productive with hard working and helpful students. With help from the DAAD, Dr. White was able to return to Uni Würzburg in 2002 to work on the photochemical extrusion of nitrogen from cyclic azo molecules. He returned to Germany in 2007 to work with Prof. Heiko Ihmels at the Universität Siegen on the photochemistry of oxiranes. Since then, Dr. White's university has established a student/faculty exchange program with Uni Siegen and students have gone to Siegen to continue their studies.

Dr. White and his wife have developed a science-based course in which they take students to Germany to talk about prominent chemists, most of whom are Nobel prize winners, their historical times, how their historical times influenced their work and how their efforts continue to impact our lives. The couple enjoy introducing students to Germany, its culture, its food and its educational system.
Dr. Wolfgang Wölck

Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor, Fellow of the Center for Cognitive Science - State University of New York, Buffalo

Research Interests: Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Ethnolinguistic Minorities
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Kiel, Leipzig
E-Mail: wolck[at]daad.org


Wolfgang ("Wolf") Wölck is Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of the State University of New York, Fellow of the Center for Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo, Advisory Member of the European Research Network for Bilingual Studies (ERBIS), and Honorary Professor of the National University of Peru. In Germany Wolf has taught at the universities of Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Kiel and Leipzig. His research areas are contact linguistics, bilingualism, dialectology and sociolinguistic methods. He has been senior researcher for the EUROMOSAIC surveys of European minority languages, including Low German, Danish, Frisian and Sorbian in Germany, and has been scientific adviser to the multinational research project on linguistic diversity (LINEE) of the European Union. His special expertise includes language attitude studies, language standardization, survey sampling (‘community profiles’) and the analysis and description of ethnic varieties of majority languages (‘ethnolects’). Wolf has also worked on Quechua, the language of the former Inca Empire.
Dr. Paul Youngman

Associate Professor of German - Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Research Interests: German Technology Studies
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universitaet Karlsruhe
Universitaet Hamburg, German Literature Archive
E-Mail: youngman[at]daad.org


Paul A. Youngman is Associate Professor of German at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. His research focuses on the German cultural reception of various technologies. Black Devil and Iron Angel (Catholic University Press, 2005) deals with the railway in 19th-century Germany and We are the Machine (Camden House, 2009) is an analysis of the literary reception of computing and the internet in contemporary Germany. Professor Youngman has enjoyed several research stays in Germany. Most recently he received a grant from the DAAD to conduct research at the Center for Functional Nanostructures in Karlsruhe. Other significant stays included a Fulbright research grant at the University of Hamburg and two DAAD sponsored visits to the German Literature Archive in Marbach. To learn more about Professor Youngman and his research, please visit http://htasthoughts.blogspot.com.