Sabine von Mering
Sabine von Mering
Director of the Center for German and European Studies
Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) in the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature (GRALL), core faculty in the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) and the Creative Arts for Social Transformation (CAST) minor
  • Expertise: German as a foreign language; climate activism; antisemitism on social media, Jewish-German dialogue; German women writers, German cinema, age of Goethe, German drama, fairy tales.

Sabine von Mering is Professor of German and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of German Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures at Brandeis University where she teaches courses in German Language and Culture, European Perspectives on the Climate Crisis, and Antisemitism on Social Media. She is a member of the core faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a member of the program faculty in the Environmental Studies Program and an affiliate with the Minor in Creative Arts for Social Transformation (CAST). Her translation of Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning’s call to action Beginning to End the Climate Crisis came out with Brandeis University Press in March 2023. She is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook on Grassroots Climate Activism. Monika Hübscher and Sabine von Mering’s co-edited volume "Antisemitism on Social Media" (Routledge, 2022) was favorably reviewed here and mentioned in the 2023 White House Strategy Paper to Counter Antisemitms.  Her previous co-edited volumes are "Right-Wing Radicalism Today: Perspectives from Europe and the US" (Routledge, 2013), "Russian-Jewish Emigration after the Cold War: Perspectives from Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States" (2006) and "International Green Politics" (2002). She is the 2022 recipient of the Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize which honors “individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.” She is currently a 2023 Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis with The OpEd Project, in partnership with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. As director of the Center for German and European Studies, she organizes lectures, conferences, and cultural events in the interest of promoting transatlantic dialogue. Professor von Mering is a local affiliate with the a local affiliate with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

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Sonja Catano
Events Manager
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Sonja joined Brandeis in early 2022 and is the events manager for the Center for German and European Studies. A native of Massachusetts, Sonja spent four years growing up in the Munich area, and then returned to Germany as a participant in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program after graduating from WPI with a degree in industrial engineering. At the Center for German and European Studies, she oversees event planning, coordinates day-to-day operations and takes care of budget-related tasks.

Student Assistants 2023

Hannah Bair '24
Hannah Bair '24

Hannah Bair graduated from Charlottesville High School in 2020, and is a sophomore at Brandeis University. Her academic and career interests include international relations, globalization and development, and immigration. After spending half her time growing up in Berlin, she is bilingual in German and English; however, Hannah loves learning new languages and is currently learning French and Chinese.

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Aeryn Rowe '25

Aeryn Rowe, undergraduate ’25, hails from the Boston area. He is majoring in Russian Studies for which he is a UDR, and minors in NEJS, Religious Studies, and Anthropology. In Summer 2022, he completed the Critical Languages Scholarship in Tbilisi, Georgia, and returned for Fall semester 2023 to study abroad there. His areas of interest are language, culture, and the historical context for the modern world. Since 2022, Aeryn has worked with the Center for German and European Studies, and started at the Brandeis Division of Humanities in 2024.