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German Program Faculty


Nele Hempel-Lamer, Ph.D.

Professor of German
Undergraduate Advisor

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
20th century German Literature and Culture; Contemporary Austrian Studies; Feminism; Service Learning/Community Engagement.

Before teaching at CSULB, Nele Hempel-Lamer was an Associate Professor of German and the director of Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis. Her research and teaching interests lie in twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, interdisciplinary feminism and discourses of memory and commemoration.

Favorite seminars include survey courses in twentieth-century drama, post-1945 courses with a special emphasis on works by Gruppe 47 authors, and the special topics course “The Mother Figure in twentieth-century German Literature and Culture.” Professor Hempel-Lamer was recognized for her teaching with distinguished teaching awards both at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at the University of Memphis. (E-mail contact preferred)

Jeffrey High, Ph.D.     

Professor of German
Program Director
Graduate Advisor

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2001
18th century German Literature, Revolution, Aesthetic Theory, and Moral Philosophy.

Before teaching at CSULB, Jeff High held lectureships at the University of Massachusetts, the Universität Heidelberg and the University of Minnesota, and continues to teach as Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico’s German Summer School. His teaching focuses on the “Age of Schiller” as well as literary, philosophical and theoretical texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Professor High’s seminars – “Friedrich Schiller,” “The ‘German’ Novella from Boccaccio to Stephen King,” “Drama of the Late Enlightement,” and “Witch Persecutions in German-speaking Europe” – teach interdisciplinary approaches to the intersections of literature, philosophy, critical theory and politics in German, European and American culture. Professor High has received numerous awards for teaching, service and scholarship at the Universities of Massachusetts and Minnesota, and at CSULB. (E-mail contact preferred)

Adjunct Faculty


Johannes Endres, Ph.D.

Lecturer of German

Habilitation University of Leipzig (Germany), 2004
Ph.D. University of Trier (Germany), 1995
17th to 20th century German and European Literature; Visual Arts; Film; Opera; Critical Theory, and Methodology.

Before teaching at CSULB, Johannes Endres was an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University. He has also been teaching at the Universities of California in Irvine and Riverside, and at San Diego State University. Previous to coming to the U.S., he was an Assistant Professor at the Universities of Trier, Leipzig, Saarbrücken, and Göttingen. His research interests cover a wide area from the Enlightenment to Vienna Moderne, and Weimar Culture. He has published on the intersections of text, visual arts, music, intellectual history, natural sciences, and the history of science. Favorite classes are: “German Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Disney;” “History of German Opera;” “Nazi Cinema;” “Marx, Nietzsche, Freud.”


Matthew Straus

Instructor of German


Teaching Associates

Alicia Anderson


Philip Baker


Adam Davis


Madeline Foss


Brenda Lamboy


Adam Merki


Prisilla Sanchez