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 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.
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 2017:
Courses for spring term 2018:
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 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 470 Humor, Culture, Society
"Brecht, Lukács, Seghers. Zur Kunst der Polemik in der Realismusdebatte." Expressionismus 7 (2018) [forthcoming].
"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.
Brecht on Theatre. Eds. Marc Silberman, Steve Giles, and Tom Kuhn. New York/London: Bloomsbury/Methuen, 2015.
Hölbl, Günther. Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Ed. Eric Orlin. New York/London: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Performance and book reviews: H-Net German, Communications of the International Brecht Society, Monatshefte, Brecht Yearbook, German Studies Review