Michaela M. Grobbel

Title: Professor of German/Advisor, German Program Coordinator
Ph.D. (1995) in Comparative Literature, University of California-Los Angeles
Email: grobbel@sonoma.edu
Phone: 707.664.2637
Office: 3016E Stevenson

Fall 2014 office hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm

What I Do At SSU

I coordinate the German Program and teach all levels of German language and culture classes, including German film. I also regularly teach a General Education course, taught in English, which focuses on literature and culture of the German-speaking countries. I love teaching and working together with my students both inside and outside the classroom. Once a week we meet for our informal “Kaffeestunde.” I also enjoy mentoring our German Club “Gemütlichkeit” as well as organizing cultural events that support student learning. These events have included literary readings, theater productions, classical concerts, poetry slam performances, and art exhibits highlighting the history and culture(s) of German-speaking countries. I also enjoyed organizing the German portion of the SSU Language Festival. My research and academic presentations & publications focus on twentieth-century women’s literature and feminist theory, cultural criticism, and ethnic minority literature, especially German-speaking Romani (“Gypsy”) autobiography and theater. I am currently serving as a member of the Academic Senate and as a member of the University Scholarship Committee. I am also President of the Northern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Have a look at the video of the 2011 German Immersion Day which will give you a sense of my outreach work and the exciting events that our Northern California AATG Chapter presents to our young German learners in the community!

More on Dr. Grobbel

Dr. Grobbel received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles, after studying German and English literature, philosophy, and education at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. She also spent a year as an exchange student at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which inspired her to pursue the Ph.D. in the USA. Prior to her position at SSU, she taught English literature and theater, Comparative Literature, and German language and literature at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, at the Goethe-Institute in Brussels/Belgium, at the University of California at Los Angeles, and at the University of California at Davis.

Her book Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras (2004), in which she develops her theory of a “feminist art of memory,” shows her interest in the relationship of memory and performance in women’s autobiographical literature. Dr. Grobbel has extended this research into cultural studies, particularly ethnic minority studies. Her work on German-Jewish identity in literature and film and her research on various forms of Romani self-expression have been published in major journals and book anthologies.

Her teaching and research have been recognized through awards such as the Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2010), the Excellence in Education Award (Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, 2008), and the Student Ambassadors Academy Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006).