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Lee Ferrell
BMW Senior Lecturer of German
B.A. in Economics and Finance, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
M.A. in German; TEFL Graduate Certificate, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Lee Ferrell, BMW Lecturer of German, is a native of Ohio with a life-long interest in German and other foreign languages. He received his B.S. in Economics from the University of South Carolina in 1986. He worked in sales until he returned to the university to pursue his MA in German. He also completed a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 1999. Since 1995, he has taught English as a foreign language in both Germany and Japan and taught German to Americans at both the high school and college level. He teaches introductory and business German classes, and advisor to the German Club. In addition, he is currently active in the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Office: 316 Daniel Hall
Phone: (864) 656-1348
E-mail: ferrell

Harris King
Lecturer of German
B.A. in German, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
M.B.A. and M.A. in German, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
A.B.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Harris King has spent the last 23 years trading time between Germany and South Carolina while pursuing his interests in German language, literature and culture. As a high school exchange student in Heidelberg, he immersed himself in everyday German life and followed this year abroad with exchanges at the university level in Freiburg, Pforzheim and Bamberg.
After spending eight years in the University of Bamberg’s international business department as a lecturer of Business English, he returned to South Carolina to pursue a doctorate in Comparative literature. His dissertation topic, “Between ‘Colonial Fantasies’ and the ‘Legacy of Conquest:’ Balduin Möllhausen and the Americanization of German Ideas,” explores the intersection of American and German nation building efforts on the United States’ frontier of nineteenth-century.

Office: 320 Daniel Hall
Phone: (864) 656-4367
E-mail: oswaldk


Jeff Love
Professor of Russian and German
B.A. University of Toronto; Ph.D. Yale University

Teaching: Russian and German Literature and Language; Modern European Literature

Research Interests: 19th and 20th-century Russian prose; German Idealism and modernist prose; literary theory

Publications: Tolstoy: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2008). Annotated translation (with Johannes Schmidt) of F. W. J. Schelling's Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (Albany: SUNY Press, 2006) <Link>; The Overcoming of History in War and Peace (New York-Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004); and articles on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Sade.

Curriculum vitae

Office: 515 Strode Tower
Office Phone: 656-3411
E-mail: gjlove

Johannes Schmidt
Associate Professor of German and German Section Head
Native of Hamburg, Germany; B.A. in Germanistics, Linguistics, and Economics (Universität Konstanz); M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Massachusetts/Amherst); Ph.D. in German Literature (Universität Hamburg).

Dr. Schmidt's research interests range from 18th and 19th century German literature to German drama and music. He has presented papers at a number of regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently working on Schelling's "Use" of Herder.

"Herr" Schmidt has taught a variety of different courses including German drama, 18th and 19th centruy German literature, the culture and literature of exile, a WWII and Shoah humanities seminar, as well as German language and culture courses at all levels.

In the classroom, Herr Schmidt uses art, music and technology supporting content-focused instruction. Recent course offerings include "European Enlightenment: Art, Music, Literature and Philosophy," "Forbidden Knowledge–Remnants of Auschwitz," "200 Years of German Drama," and "Secret Societies".

Together with Karl Menges and Rainer Godel, Johannes Schmidt works as co-editor of the Herder Yearbook, a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, professional journal of the International Herder Society.

In September 2006, Johannes Schmidt was elected treasurer-secretary (North America) of the International Herder Society. He served as the president of the South Carolina Chapter of the AATG from 2003 to 2005, and again in 2006. During this time, he helped to organize four Upstate meetings and two state-wide immersion weekends for German K-12 and college teachers.

Selected Publications:

Johannes Schmidt: “So wäre alle Religion ihrem Wesen nach poetisch.“ – Herders Wirkung auf Hölderlin (accepted for Herder Konferenzband 2008); Synchron 2013. 2013. Johannes Schmidt: “Naturphilosophie: Herder and Schelling?” Sabine Gross (ed.), Herder as Challenge (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2010, 83-94). Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt (annotated translation): F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006) <Link>. Johannes Schmidt: "Die klare, helle Wahrheit." Johann Gottfried Herders Christliche Schriften als Auseinandersetzung mit Gotthold Ephraim Lessings religionsphilosophischen Spätschriften (Hamburg 2000).

Office: 706 Strode Tower
Office Phone: (864) 656-4299
E-mail: schmidj
Web Page: http://people.clemson.edu/~schmidj/
Skype: herr-schmidt


Gabriela Stoicea
Ph.D., Yale University (2012)
M.Phil., Yale University (2008)
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2005)
B.A., University of Craiova (2001)

Gabriela’s research and teaching interests fall under the general umbrella of German literature, culture, and intellectual history from the late 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on theories of narrativity and visuality, translation as intercultural communication, as well as the interplay between science and culture, and between politics and culture. She has published articles on Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah,” and is currently preparing a book manuscript for publication based on her dissertation. In it, she outlines the influence of physiognomics on narrative techniques and character delineation practices in modern German novels from the late 1770s to the end of the Weimar Republic.

Office: 513 Strode Tower
Office phone: (864) 656-3541
E-mail address: stoicea



Margit Sinka
Professor Em
erita of German
E-mail: smargit

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