Professor of German, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Center for German and European Studies


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Field of Specialty

German as a Foreign Language; Climate Change and the Humanities; Fairy Tales; Jewish-German Dialogue; German Women Writers, German Cinema, Age of Goethe, German Drama.

Contact Information

Shiffman Humanities Center 209

Personal Web Page

Sabine von Mering

Sabine von Mering teaches German Language and Culture. She is also a member of the core faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a member of the affiliated faculty in the Environmental Studies Program. She is currently working on the role of climate change as a challenge for the humanities. Her most recent scholarly work focused on right-wing extremism in Europe and the United States. As Director of the Center for German and European Studies she organizes lectures, conferences, and cultural events in the interest of promoting transatlantic dialogue.


von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Energy Democracy. Germany's Energiewende to Renewables, by Arne Jungjohann and Craig Morris. German Politics & Society 2018 (forthcoming)

von Mering, Sabine. "Nature, Power, and Literature: Rereading Christa Wolf's "Stoerfall. Nachrichten eines Tages" as 'Ecological Force' in Times of Climate Crisis." Christa Wolf. A Companion. vol. 8 Ed. Sonja E.Klocke and Jennifer R.Hosek. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2018

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Protest Cultures. A Companion, by Kathrin Fahlenbrach Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth (eds.). German Politics and Society vol. (Fall 2017), Vol 35 of No.3 2017: p.96-98.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Greening in the Red Zone. Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening, by by Keith G.Tidball and Marianne E.Krasny, eds.. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development vol. 8 of 2 Spring 2014: 177-179.

von Mering, Sabine, & Wyman McCarty, Timothy (eds.). Right-Wing Radicalism Today: Perspectives from Europe and the US. London: Routledge, 2013.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria., by Gabriele Mueller, James M. Skidmore, eds. German Politics and Society vol. 30 of 103: 4 Winter 2012: 108-111.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Walther Rathenau. Weimar’s Fallen Statesman, by Shulamit Volkov. German Politics and Society vol. 31 of 3 Autumn 2013: 113-116.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Postcolonial Green. Environmental Politics and World Narratives, by Bonnie Roos & Alex Hunt. Ecozon@ vol. 3 of 1 2012: 156-159.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Memory Matters: generational responses to Germany’s Nazi past in recent women’s literature, by Caroline Schaumann. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies vol. 1472-5894, Volume 9, Issue 2 July 2010: 284 – 286.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Nazi Cinema’s New Women, by Jana F. Bruns. German Studies Review vol. 34,1 February 2011: 231.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema: Rediscovering Germany’s Filmic Legacy, by Rogowski, Christian. Women in German Newsletter vol. Spring 117 2011: 10-12.

von Mering, Sabine. "Grenzgang als zögernde Wieder-Annäherung: Die Deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft und der Jüdisch-Deutsche Dialog." Eurostudia 7. No. 1-2 (2011): 47-57.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Contemporary Germany and the Nazi Legacy. Remembrance, Politics, and the Dialectic of Normality, by Caroline Pearce. German Studies Review vol. 33 of 1 February 2010: 191-192.

von Mering, Sabine. "Rev. of Alison Rose: "Jewish Women in Fin de Siecle Vienna"." German Studies Review vol. 33 of 1 February 2010: 171-172.

von Mering, Sabine. "Searching for Justice: Jews, Germans, and the Nazi Past in Recent German Cinema." Beyond Political Correctness: Remapping German Sensibilities in the 21st Century.. German Monitor ed. vol. 72 Ed. Anton, Christine and Pilipp, Frank. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010. 159-183.

von Mering, Sabine. "Book Review." Rev. of Germans, Jews, and Antisemites. Trials in Emancipation, by Shulamit Volkov. German Studies Review vol. 32 of 1 2009: 117-118.

von Mering,Sabine. "'No Servitude is As Miserable As That of Women. Elsa Bernstein's Neoclassical Tragedies.." From Fin-de-Siècle to Theresienstadt. The Works and Life of the Writer Elsa Bernstein-Porges. first ed. vol. 38 Ed. Helga W. Kraft and Dagmar C.G. Lorenz. New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang Publishers, 2007. 115-132.

von Mering, Sabine with Olaf Gloeckner and Evgenija Garbolevsky, ed. Russian-Jewish Emigration after the Cold War: Perspectives from Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States. Waltham: Brandeis University, 2006.

von Mering,Sabine, Gudrun Loster Schneider/Gaby Pailer. "Encyclopedia entries for Franul von Weissenthurn, Johanna: "Hermann" (1813) and "Das Manuskript" (1826), Friederike Lohmann "Der blinde Harfner (1791) and Sophie Marianne von Reitzenstein: "Die seltene Beständigkeit.(1791)." Werklexikon deutschsprachiger Prosaautorinnen und Dramatikerinnen 1730-1900. 2006.

von Mering, Sabine. "Encyclopedia entries for Lydia Anna Maria Baer, Robert M. Browning, and Edith Amelie." Internationales Germanisten-Lexikon 1800-1950. 2003.

von Mering, Sabine with Sarah Halpern-Meekin, ed. International Green Politics. Waltham: Brandeis University, 2002.

von Mering, Sabine. "Marriage--A Tragedy? German Women and the Politics of Genre." Seminar 38. 4 (2002): 330-343.

von Mering, Sabine. "Jewish German Women Writers and their Sense of European Identity." Conference Proceedings for the International Symposium for the Study of European Ideas [ISSEI] CD ROM Section 4. Workshop 414 (2000)

von Mering, Sabine. "Aesthetically correct? Canon Politics or: Who is afraid of Eighteenth Century German Women Dramatists." Critical Sense 5. 2 Fall (1997): 8-17.

Courses Taught

EL 10a Experiential Learning Practicum
GATE 2a Critical Reading in the Humanities and Social Sciences
GECS 130b The Princess and the Golem: Fairy Tales
GECS 167a German Cinema: Vamps and Angels
GECS 188b Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change
GER 10a Beginning German
GER 30a Intermediate German
GER 120b Deutsche Mäerchen
GER 140a Bertolt Brecht und das Theater des 20.Jahrhunderts