German Studies Program

Kathrin Breuer

Assistant Professor of German
Director of the German Language Program
Undergraduate Advising Head for German Studies

Research Interests

Cultural exchange
Translation studies
Online teaching
Germans in Latin America / Colombia
Human rights in the prostitution industry


Vanderbilt University, PhD
Vanderbilt University, MA 


Research Fellowship "Forschungsaufenthalte für Hochschullehrer und Wissenschaftler", 2019, awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to conduct research for and complete writing my second monograph, titled "Ernesto Volkening: Intellektueller, Mittler deutscher Kultur, Exilant in Kolumbien, 1934 - 1983" ("Ernesto Volkening: Intellectual, Mediator of German Culture, and Expatriate in Colombia, 1934 - 1983") with research stays in the German cities of Marbach, Hamburg and Berlin (March - May 2020)

Teaching Innovation Grant for „Enhancing Student Engagement and Achievement Through
Voice and Visual Interaction Using VoiceThread™,” in collaboration with Principal Investigator Kimberlee Round, PhD, Carrie Miller, PhD, and Carol Damm, MEd, Center for Teaching and Learning, Brandeis University, April 2017

Library & Technology Services Summer Grant for Faculty, LTS, Brandeis University, May
2016 (to include information literacy & archival research into the undergraduate curriculum)
Teaching Innovation Grant for „Re-designing Language Courses Through Technology-
Assisted Exams“, Center for Teaching and Learning, Brandeis University, April 2016 (to
develop automated language exams, create a handbook and lead a faculty seminar)
CGES Travel Grant, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University, December 2015
Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow at Brandeis University (Fellowship Period: Academic Year of 2014/15) (2014)

Hilde – Domin – Stipendium für lateinamerikanisch-deutsche Literaturbeziehungen, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (2013)

Research Grant, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University (2013)

Theodore and Jane Norman Award (for Faculty Scholarship in Arts & Sciences), Brandeis University (2013)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) / Vista Higher Learning Scholarship, Annual Convention (2012)

CGES Course Development Grant, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University (2012)

Select Publications

Seidl, Kathrin. Erich Arendt y su encuentro con el trópico. Serie Monografías Transatlánticas. Del Centro Editores. Madrid, 2015. 110 pages. ISBN: 978-84-943685-3-0

Select Courses Taught

GER 10a: Beginning German
GER 20b: Continuing German
GER 30a: Intermediate German
GER 103a: German Culture Through Film
GER 104a: Let's Talk! Shall We?
GER 105a: Learning Language through Literature/Learning Literature through Language
GER 109b: Meisterwerke Deutscher Kurzprosa

Full List of Publications