Kristopher Imbrigotta

Assistant Professor
Chair, 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)

Teaching, Research, and Service

Professor Imbrigotta's research and teaching interests cover contemporary literature and cultural studies, focusing primarily on these areas: 1) theater history, performance studies, and drama pedagogy; 2) film and visual culture; 3) literary historiography and memory; 4) environmental humanities and ecocriticism.

Kris enjoys teaching German language, literature, and culture classes at all levels. In addition to chair duties for the Department of German Studies, he also is the faculty liaison for the department's teaching practicum with German at Washington Elementary School in Tacoma. 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. Beginning in 2019, Kris will also be program director for the department's faculty-led summer abroad program in Berlin (Connections 330 "Finding Germany: Memory, History, and Identity in Berlin").

He is an elected member of the steering committee of the International Brecht Society and is co-editor of its online performance journal "Communications". He is also co-editor (with Per Urlaub, Middlebury College) of Brecht Yearbook vol. 41, a special issue dedicated to theoretical and practical approaches to teaching Brecht. He serves as an official Research Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is a founding coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Teaching Network for the German Studies Association. Kris is also a founding member of the editorial board for the German Studies Collaboratory, a digital humanities online teaching/research hub.

Outside of the classroom, Kris enjoys cycling, hiking, playing bass and Chapman Stick, photography, theater, traveling, and the occasional Mel Brooks film.

Research incubator/workshop via Zoom for summer 2021: "Humanities for the Anthropocene"

Courses for fall term 2021:

GERM 201
GERM 365
GERM 480

Courses for spring term 2022:
GERM 202
GERM 305
CONN 330

Recent Courses Taught:
GERM 101/102           Beginning German
GERM 201/202           Intermediate German
GERM 305                 Culture in the Third Reich
GERM 350                 From Rubble to New Reality: German Cinema after World War II
GERM 360                 German Cultural History and Politics, 1871-Present
GERM 365                 Images of the German Democratic Republic in Literature and Film
GERM 380                 Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Culture
GERM 415                 Theory and Practice of German Drama (with public play performance)
GERM 450                 Contemporary Voices in German Literature and Film, 1989-Today
GERM 480                 Humor, Culture, Society
                                   Crisis, Catastrophe, Upheaval
CONN 330                 Finding Germany: Memory, History, and Identity in Berlin (faculty-led summer in Berlin)


Scholarly Work and Publications
Prof. Imbrigotta's work has appeared in various book volumes as well as in Radical History Review, Brecht Yearbook, Expressionismus, Monatshefte, and Translation and Literature.

Selected Publications:
Brecht, Bertolt. The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Methuen Drama Critical Student Edition. Ed. Kristopher Imbrigotta. New York/London: Bloomsbury/Methuen.

"Couragemodell: Detail and Arrangement of a Model Book." (Vol. 3) Bertolt Brecht: Critical and Primary Sources. 3 Vols. Ed. David Barnett. London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. 83-88.

"Brecht, Lukács, Seghers. Zur Kunst der Polemik in der Realismusdebatte." Expressionismus 7 (2018): 11-27.

"Teaching Brecht." Special issue of Brecht Yearbook 41 (2017). Guest eds. Per Urlaub and Kristopher Imbrigotta. New York: Camden House.

“Slatan Dudow’s Documentary Film How the Worker Lives (1930).” German Cinema: A Critical Filmography to 1945. Eds. Todd Herzog and Todd Heidt. Montreal: Caboose [forthcoming].

“(Re)Building the Engaged Spectator: The Katzgraben Programmhefte of the Berliner Ensemble, 1953/1972.” Brecht Yearbook 39 (2015): 90-111.

“History and the Challenge of Photography in Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel.” Radical History Review 106 (Winter 2010): 27-45.

“Brecht’s ‘Fischweiber’: Crossroads of Criticism and Transformation.” Brecht Yearbook 34 (2009): 226-41.

Translation work:
Brecht on Theatre. Eds. Marc Silberman, Steve Giles, and Tom Kuhn. New York/London: Bloomsbury/Methuen, 2015.

Brecht on Theatre

Hölbl, Günther. Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Ed. Eric Orlin. New York/London: Cambridge University Press, 2016.