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Christiane Steckenbiller

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Christiane Steckenbiller received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of South Carolina in 2013, and taught at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, for a year before joining the German Program, the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, and the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Program at Colorado College in 2014. Her research focuses on contemporary German and postcolonial Anglophone literature, with an emphasis on migration and minority discourses, transnationalism, cultural geography, postcolonial, and urban studies. In addition to her work on Turkish German literature, refugee movements, and race and ethnicity in postwar Germany and Europe more broadly, she is interested in the legacies of colonialism and the Holocaust, and the ways in which those discourses intersect with current forms of inclusion and exclusion. She has published both in the fields of foreign language pedagogy and cultural studies, and is currently working on a book on the contemporary migrant and refugee experience.


“Berlin’s Colonial Legacies and New Minority Histories.”Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Kultur und Literatur,Vol. 111, no.1, 2019. Forthcoming.

“Futurity, Aging, and Personal Crises: Writing About Refugees in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Gehen, ging, gegangen(2015) and Bodo Kirchhoff’s Widerfahrnis(2016).” German Quarterly. Forthcoming.

“Diasporic Ways of Knowing: Teju Cole’s Open City.” New Directions in Diaspora Studies, edited by Sarah Ilott, Ana Cristina Mendes, and Lucinda Newns, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 71–85.

“Transnational Cityscapes: Tracking Turkish-German Hi/Stories in Postwar Berlin.” Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin, edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Ruth Hosek, Berghahn Books, 2018, pp. 297–321.

“Toward a better understanding of culture: Wikis in the beginning German classroom,” co-authored with Professor Lara Ducate. The Language Learning Journal, Vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, pp. 202–219.

 “Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee in 140 Characters or Less: Using Twitter as a Creative Approach to Literature in the Intermediate German Classroom,” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, Vol. 49, no. 2, 2016, pp. 147160.

Regular Classes

Migrant, Minorities, Refugees

Love, Death & Other Demons: Turkish German Cinema

1968 and Beyond: Protest Terror, Violence

Representing the Holocaust

Green Germany

Berlin Stories: A Cultural History of Berlin

Dealing with the Devil: The Faust Theme in German Culture (in Germany, co-taught with Prof. William Davis)

Everybody Loves Greece (in Greece and Germany, co-taught with Prof. William Davis)

Italian and German Culture Through Film (co-taught with Prof. Amanda Minervini)


    • Ph. D. University of South Carolina, 2013
    • M.A.T. University of Bamberg, Germany, 2008
    • M.A. University of South Carolina, 2006