Visiting Assistant Professor
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, Berlin DAAD Fellow (2006-7, 2010, 2011)
Universität Bonn, Sommerakademie: “Zeit und Literatur” (2012)
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.
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.
Outside of the classroom Kris enjoys cycling, hiking, playing bass, gardening, theater, traveling, and the occasional Mel Brooks film.
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