German Program Faculty

German Instructors of CSULB

Faculty Information

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, 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)


Nele250Nele Hempel-Lamer, Ph.D.

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.



Dr. Robert BlankenshipRobert 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

Staff Information

Alicia Alderson

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



Teaching Associates

Staff Information

Cristian Lopez


Email: Cristian.Lopez-sa@csulb.edu

Natalie Martz


Email: Natalie.Martz-SA@csulb.edu

Kathleen Moriarity


Email: Kathleen.Moriarity-sa@csulb.edu