Kristopher Imbrigotta

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 a member of the steering committee of the International Brecht Society and serves as 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:

GERM 305

Courses for spring term 2017:

GERM 202
GERM 310
GERM 405


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

Brecht on Theatre