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German Program Faculty

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Jeffrey High, Ph.D.     

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, 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.

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Robert Blankenship, Ph.D.

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.  




Adjunct Faculty

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Lisa Beesley, Ph.D.

Lecturer of German

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2017



Teaching Associates

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Kyle Bauer


Elaine Chen


Kenneth Ensslin


Tegan White-Nesbitt