Faculty and Graduate Students


Dr. Kathleen Condray (B.A., University of Arkansas, 1994, summa cum laude; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001).   Dr. Condray’s research and teaching interests include twentieth century literature, minority literature and culture, immigrant literature, and technology.  She is currently researching a new book on Das Arkansas Echo, a weekly German newspaper published out of Little Rock from 1891-1932.  She spent the summer 2014 semester in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany on a Senior Lecturer Fulbright Award at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität and served as the co-editor with colleague and regular editor Dr. Patrick Williams of the History department for the special edition of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly on Friedrich Gerstäcker.

Dr. Condray’s book Women Writers of the Journal “Jugend” from 1919-1940 was published in 2003, and her articles have been published in Monatshefte and Seminar. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. She was selected for the Fulbright German Studies Seminar on the topic “International Migration and National Identities,” the NEH Summer Institute “German and European Studies in the U.S.—Changing World, Shifting Narratives,” and the AATG Berlin Summer Seminar “Neuer Blick, Neue Stimmen: Interkulturelles Leben und Wirken” (New Vision, New Voices: Intercultural Life and Impact).  Dr. Condray is the recipient of the 2007 Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, was named one of the “Thirteen Most Creative Professors in the South” by the Oxford American magazine in August 2011, and was inducted as a Fellow of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy in 2015.  She enjoys working with honors students on thesis topics about German literature and culture and also serves as an on-campus liaison for paid summer internships in Germany.

Selected publications:

  • “Thriving in the New Normal: Meeting the Challenges of Doing More with Less in 21st Century German Studies.” Looking Back, Looking Forward: German Studies in the United States. A Festschrift for Helene Zimmer-Loew. Ed. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming and Rachel Halverson. 2015: Camden House, 71-88.
  • “The Kerl in the Wild West: Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Die Regulatoren in Arkansas (1846) and Friedrich Schiller’s Die Räuber (1781).”  Arkansas Historical Quarterly 73 (Spring 2014): 69-77.
  • “Unorthodox Immigrant Autobiography in the Oeuvre of Wladimir Kaminer: A 21st Century Model?”  Colloquia Germanica 41.3 (2008): 227-246.
  • “Landscapes of Suffering: The Depiction of Rural Austria in Anna Mitgutsch’s Die Züchtigung (1985).” In: Beyond Vienna: Contemporary Literature from the Austrian Provinces.  Riverside, CA: Ariadne Press, 2008. 84-111.
  • “Using RISE to Promote German: Making the Case for Practical Work Experience Abroad to Engineering Students and Faculty.”  Die Unterrichtspraxis: 40.1 (2007): 61-66.
  • “The Colonization of Germany: Migrant and German Identity in Wladimir Kaminer’s Mein deutsches Dschungelbuch.”  Seminar 42.3 (2006): 322-336.
  • “Language and Power, Homoeroticism and Illness: A Reading of Jan Peter Bremer’s Der Fürst spricht.”  Monatshefte 96.4 (2004): 521-534.
  • ” ‘Heute ist eine Frau überall überflüssig’: Working Women in the Texts of Women Writers of the Journal Jugend during the Weimar Republic and Third Reich.” In: The Marketing of Eros: Performance, Sexuality and Consumer Culture.  Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2003.  123-37.
  • Women Writers of the Journal Jugend from 1919-1940: “Das Gehirn unsrer lieben Schwestern.” Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2003.


Dr. Jennifer Hoyer joined the UA German Section in fall of 2007 and is the German Section Head.  She teaches courses in poetry, cinema, medieval and early modern literature, Modernism, post-1945 literature and theory, and Holocaust writing. Her research to date has focused mainly on poet Nelly Sachs, German Jewish writers, and playwright Silke Hassler. Projects to come primarily involve intersections of math, physics, and lyric poetry since the 17th century. She is building a Jewish Studies program at UA with several other professors, and often collaborates also with faculty in History and Music.

When she isn’t helping students learn not to fear the poem and to embrace their inner nerd, and sometimes even while she is, she indulges in the study of Swedish, Latin, abstract mathematics, and the meaning of spacetime.

Selected publications:

  •  The Space of Words: Diaspora and Exile in the Work of Nelly Sachs, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014.
  • “Eine Disputierkunst? Identität und Integration.” Rose Ausländer als Dichterin zwischen den Welten. Martin Hainz and Clemens Stepina, eds.  edition art + science, Summer 2010.
  • “Painting Sand: Nelly Sachs and the Grabschrift.” The German Quarterly 82.1 (Winter 2009) 20-37.
  • “Nightingalewords.” “Lichtersprache aus den Rissen.” Nelly Sachs – Werk und Wirkung. Ariane Huml, ed. Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen. 2008.
  • “Sternverdunkelung by Nelly Sachs.” Encyclopedia entry. Literary Encyclopedia online: http://www.litencyc.com/. 2008.
  • “Bookmarks of a Journey.” GSD magazine. Fall 2006
  • “In den Wohnungen des Todes by Nelly Sachs.” Encyclopedia entry. Literary Encyclopedia online: http://www.litencyc.com/. 2006.
  • “Eli by Nelly Sachs.” Encyclopedia entry. Literary Encyclopedia online: http://www.litencyc.com/. 2006.
  • “Und Niemand Weiss Weiter by Nelly Sachs.” Encyclopedia entry.Literary Encyclopedia online: http://www.litencyc.com/. 2006.
  • “Teaching ‘Process Editing’ Skills with Computers: From Theory to Practice on a Larger Scale.” Unterrichtspraxis 35 (2003), with Jeffrey L. High and Ray Wakefield.


Dr. Brett Sterling (B.A., University of Arkansas, 2005, summa cum laude; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 2007; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2013) is a Fayetteville native and U of A alumnus. His research and teaching interests include the intersection of literature and political engagement, multicultural Germany, the graphic novel and German comics, and the works of Austrian exile author Hermann Broch. He has presented on multicultural Berlin at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference and on Hermann Broch’s early theory of mass hysteria at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. As a fellow of the Vanderbilt University Center for Second Language Studies, Dr. Sterling pursued projects in second language acquisition and technology, which included designing a new first-year language curriculum structured around German cities and Google Earth.     



Ms. Claudia Devich (B.A., University of Arkansas, 2007; M.A., University of Arkansas, 2009) was born in Trier, Germany and grew up in both Germany and Italy. She speaks German and Italian fluently and studied Spanish as well. She joined the German faculty in fall 2011 as an instructor and is thrilled to teach Intermediate German I, Advanced German I, and Elementary Italian I this fall. In her free time, Frau Devich relaxes with a cup of coffee and a computer game or a good foreign movie.

Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants


Ms. Jessica Burk was born and raised in Germany. Her father is American and her mother German, so she was raised bilingually. She moved to Arkansas in 2005 but still visits her family in Germany as often as she can. Since receiving a BA in German from the U of A she had a brief flirtation with the French language, but decided that her heart will always belong to the German department.  She is interested in post-war literature and how WWII changed art, language and culture of Germany. She is also passionate about Holocaust education and education in general. In 2010 she applied for an Internship at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and was one of three applicants considered for the position.

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Mr. Pierce Gaithe is a Fayetteville native and a University of Arkansas alumni who has been learning German (off and on) since the early 2000s. Since that fateful day at Fayetteville High School in 2001, Pierce has since spent a summer studying in Berlin in 2004 and a semester (or so) abroad in Graz, Austria in 2012. Pierce loves to talk in the third person, travel, learn, and create. Occasionally he has been known to do silly voices, too.

Ms. Alice Hayre

JP Huber


Mr. John Huber is a resident of Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a B. A. in Classical Studies, focusing in Ancient Greek and Latin, and again in 2014 with a B. A. in German with a minor in Arabic. He has studied abroad in Graz, Austria and Rabat, Morocco. He became interested in German because of his German heritage, but also loves to study other languages, history, linguistics, philology, and philosophy. He also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and cooking.


Ms. Rocio Behler  is from Yucatan, Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in 2012, and recently she finished her B.A. in German also at the U of A. In 2008, she obtained a scholarship to study piano with Professor Peter Lang at the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg, Austria. During that time, she met the renowned pianist Jura Margulis who became her piano professor at the University of Arkansas in 2009. Rocio Behler’s love for music and German is influenced by her favorite composers, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. In 2013, she studied at the Anton Rubinstein Musik Akademie in Dusseldorf, Germany. In the fall of that year, she was invited to work as a Mitarbeiter with a non-profit organization called Campus Connect in Berlin, Germany. During her work in Berlin, Rocio worked with students from several universities in Berlin, as well as organizing and training students for different projects in Munich, Halle, Nurnberg and Dusseldorf. She came back to the United States from Berlin not only to finish and continue her studies in German, but also to get married to her best friend who turned out to be American.

James Russell

Mr. James Russell is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  James found home in Northwest Arkansas but left his heart in Bavaria. When he’s not working with German he coaches soccer, runs, and roots for the Orioles.