Department of German Studies
BA, Ohio University (2003)
MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin (2006, 2013)
Universität Hamburg, Fulbright Fellow (2003-4)
Akademie der Künste / Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, DAAD Fellow (2006-7, 2010, 2011)
Universität Bonn, Sommerakademie: “Zeit und Literatur” (2012)
Universität Leipzig / Herder-Institut (DAAD/Fulbright): Lehrfortbildung (2015)
Kris's research interests cover contemporary literature and cultural studies, focusing primarily on three areas: 1) theater history, performance studies, and drama pedagogy; 2) media theory and visual culture; 3) and literary historiography. Future research plans include: an examination of the critical reception of the Berliner Ensemble’s image-text Programmheft and its significance for postwar theater and social history, and a project that will focus on public memory discourses shaped by and reflected in marketing imagery and advertisement materials for postwar German films. He will also be co-editor (with Per Urlaub, UT-Austin) of a special edition of the Brecht Yearbook dedicated to theoretical and practical approaches to teaching Brecht.
Kris enjoys teaching German language, literature, and culture classes at all levels. Prior to Puget Sound, he taught German at the University of Wisconsin. In 2003-2004, he served as an English language teacher at the Hansa-Gymnasium in Bergedorf (Hamburg/Germany), teaching in grades 5-8, 10, and 13 (Leistungskurs Englisch). He has also interned with the Gesellschaft für Naturschutz und Ornithologie Rheinland-Pfalz (GNOR), an environmental non-profit organization in Germany, where he joined a project to find and catalog breeding pairs of swans ("Höckerschwan") while cycling the entire Moselle River.
He is an active member of the International Brecht Society and beginning in 2016 will become co-editor of its online performance journal "Communications". He also serves as an official Research Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Outside of the classroom Kris enjoys cycling, hiking, playing bass, gardening, theater, traveling, and the occasional Mel Brooks film.
Courses for fall term 2016:
Courses for spring term 2017:
Recent Courses Taught:
GERM 101/102 Beginning German
GERM 201/202 Intermediate German
GERM 302 Theory and Practice of German Drama
GERM 303 German Mentalities
GERM 304 German Cultural History and Politics
GERM 305 German Cinema
GERM 310 Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Culture
GERM 405 Culture in the Third Reich
GERM 470 Seminar: Humor, Culture, Society