Franziska BringmannFranziska Bringmann

Franziska is a GTA, and joins the UA German program this year as an exchange student through the Federation of German-American Clubs from the Universität Kassel, where she is pursuing a degree as a secondary teacher for English and History. She is excited about the opportunity to participate in this cultural exchange year in Alabama. In her free time she likes to swim and also teaches children how to swim. Traveling and skiing are her other passions. Franziska is also the Director of the German House for the AY, and she will be helping with tutoring students.

 

Jeremy Connor

Jeremy is a native of Northern Alabama. He completed his B.A. in Music at UA, and decided to brush up on his German. After a year as an au pair in Essen, he joined the German MA program as a GTA.  This past AY he spent again in Nordrhein-Westfalen on a Teaching Fulbright at the Mataré Gymnasium (Europaschule) in Meerbusch close to Düsseldorf. He loves music, plays various instruments and particularly enjoys singing. He is currently learning French and has the aspiration to become fluent in at least five languages. This semester Jeremy will be teaching GN 102.

 

David FryeDavid Frye

David is an active duty Army Captain with eight years in, and two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has a follow on assignment to serve as a German Instructor at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, NY after completing his MA in German Studies here at the University of Alabama. Davis spent part of his youth in Berlin where he was a student at the John F. Kennedy School. In his free time he enjoys golfing, traveling, and “Oktoberfesting.”

 

 

Annika FetzerAnnika Fetzer

Annika grew up in Southern Germany and completed her BA in Media and Communications at the Universität Augsburg, and her German M.A. in May 2018, and is now a graduate student in the Advertising and Public Relations M.A. program at UA. She is also pursuing the M.A. in American History, Culture and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.  She is happy to still be a part of the German Department, and will be teaching GN 101 this fall.

 

 

Marcel FoersterMarcel Foerster

After completing his first year an exchanges student through the Federation of German-American Clubs from the Universität Kassel, Marcel is staying for an additional semester at UA to complete his MA in German Studies. Back in Kassel he will be completing his degree as a secondary teacher for English and History . He enjoys reading, traveling, sports, music, and cultural events. Marcel is a GTA, and will be teaching GN 102.

 

 

Rachel Dodson

Rachel is a GTA, and a native of Alabama. Following the completion of a German B.A. and a B.S. in Finance here at UA, she spend a year in Augsburg on an Exchange through the Federation of German-American Clubs. In the fall Rachel will be presenting at the FOCUS Graduate Student Conference in Cincinnati on “Shedding Light on the Past: Postmemory and Memory in Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther and Schreiber’s Everything is Illuminated,” and at the Mountain Interstate FL Conference at Auburn University on Vielleicht Esther and Spiegelman’s Maus.” This semester she will be teaching GN 103.

 

Michaela Nuesser

Michaela is a GTA and a native German from the Cologne area, and in the German philology track. She already completes a Master of Education from the RWTH Aachen. Currently she is completing her M.A. thesis on “Using Cognitive and Usage-Based Linguistic Principles in an Approach to Teaching German.” She will be applying to Ph.D. programs in Linguistics to continue with her studies. In her free time she enjoys show acrobatics, and she is a member and coach of a group in Germany. This semester she will be teaching GN 102.

 

Ian Samlowski

Ian grew up in Northern Alabama and completed his bachelor’s degree in German and biology here at UA. He enjoyed the team spirit of the German program and decided to pursue a German MA. He spent this past AY in Germany on an Exchange through the Federation of German-American Clubs in Karlsruhe. His research interests include Historical Linguistics as well as 19th and 20th century literature. In his free time Ian enjoys playing guitar, cooking, and slam poetry. He is a GTA and will be teaching GN 101 this semester.

 

Bria Samuels

Bria grew up in the US and Germany, and completed her undergraduate degree at UA. During that time she studied abroad in Klagenfurt in southern Austria. This past year she studied in Hamburg, Germany on an exchange through the Federation of German-American Clubs; she enjoyed the multicultural city so much that she started studying Turkish. Bria is enrolled in our philology track and is very interested in linguistics, foreign languages, and intercultural communication. In her free time she enjoys learning new languages, cooking, and developing new skills. As a GTA she will be tutoring German this year.

 

 

Nick Wensel

Nicholas is a second year master’s student in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at the University of Alabama studying German Philology. As a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his bachelors in German Language and Literature, minoring in Classics. Nick has a passion for all things pertaining to language, possessing a strong background in Indo-European languages and linguistics. Upon completion of his MA, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in linguistics. Nick is a GTA, and will be teaching GN 101 this semester.

 

Julius ZirngieblJulius Zirngibl

Julius is a GTA, and completed his BA in Germanistik and English at the Universität Bamberg  before joining the UA German program through the exchange with the Federation of German-American Clubs. He previously spend a semester at Carleton College in Minnesota, and has now expanded his knowledge from up North to the  Southern US. He is currently completing his MA in German Studies. Julius is a native of Bavaria, and a soccer fan. This semester he will be teaching GN 101.