German Program Faculty
Professor of German and 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, Professor High held lectureships at the University of Massachusetts, the Universität Heidelberg, and the University of Minnesota, and teaches in the University Honors Program, in the Paideia program, and as Visiting Professor at Portland State University’s German Summer School of the Pacific. 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,” “Heinrich von Kleist,” “Thomas Mann and Kafka,” and “The ‘German’ Novella from Boccaccio to Stephen King” – teach interdisciplinary approaches to the intersections of literature, philosophy, critical theory and politics in German, European and US-American culture. Professor High has received numerous awards for teaching, service, and scholarship, including a 2018 CSULB President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Research and Mentoring
Email: Jeffrey.High@csulb.edu (E-mail contact preferred)
Professor of German
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1998
20th-Century German Literature and Culture, Contemporary Austrian Studies, Feminism, Service Learning, and Community Engagement.
Assistant Professor of German
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century German literature and cinema, and East German literature.
Robert Blankenship joined RGRLL as an Assistant Professor of German in 2016. He completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and has since held several visiting positions, most recently at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. His scholarship is concerned with nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century German literature and cinema, and East German literature in particular. He has published the book titled “Suicide in East German Literature: Fiction, Rhetoric, and the Self-Destruction of Literary Heritage.” Dr. Blankenship sees teaching as a war against apathy, and students in his classes may find themselves discussing, collaborating, writing, translating, staging dramatic productions, performing close readings, fruitfully disagreeing, and generally flexing their imagination.
Lecturer of German
MA German, California State University Long Beach, 2016
Curtis Maughn, Ph.D. (ABD)
Lecturer of German
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, expected Summer 2020