Graduate Students in German

Graduate Students in German

Ayobami Adenuga

Ayobami Adenuga is a native of Ogun State, born and raised in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.

She is currently pursuing her M.A. in German at the University of Alabama, where she is serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Prior to joining UA, she earned her bachelor’s degree in German at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  In 2016-2017, she served her country in the one-year compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), where she served in different capacities including as an HIV/AIDs counselor and tester. She is currently a member of a female advocacy group known as FAME Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria.

As a 2014 DAAD scholar, she had the opportunity to study at the Goethe Institute, Lagos Nigeria for her Equivalent Year Abroad Program (EYAP). From her fourth year till date, she has been teaching German from beginners to intermediate level and was also part of the 2019 Goethe Institute Teachers Training in Lagos State, Nigeria. Her stay in Germany in 2019 gave her real exposure to her program of study as she was able to visit historical places in Thüringen, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

Her research interests include literature after reunification, German colonial history, intercultural communication, and family and parent-child relationships. She loves traveling, meeting people, and learning about other cultures. In her free time, she can be found reading, singing, taking a walk with her family, trying out German recipes for her child as well as engaging in community service.

Oluwakemisola Adeusi

Originally from Akure (Nigeria), Oluwakemisola has always loved languages, hence her decision to study German. While at the university, she co-founded a language school in September 2016 and received a DAAD scholarship for a summer language course in Germany in 2017. Over this time, she developed an interest in second language acquisition and teaching. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in German from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2019.

The fall semester of 2021 makes it the second semester of her master’s program in German at the University of Alabama. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and is excited to hone her teaching skills. Her interest in intercultural literature was informed by her experiences as a Nigerian in Germany and the United States. She loves meeting people of diverse languages and cultures and is especially interested in feminism, equal human rights, and global peace and relations

She has been a member of the Delta Phi Alpha Honors Society since April 2021, and in September 2021, she became a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She aspires to become a professor of German whose major goal is to make language learning fun. She also has the intention of developing her language school into a center for cultural exchange.

When she is not studying, you can find her trying out new recipes, conversing with friends, and watching movies.

Jeremy Cook

I began my academic career in the early 1960s, at Dartmouth, Harvard, FU Berlin, and London University. I was an assistant professor (French) at SUNY Buffalo for three years. My passions were poetry, 20th century fiction, and, most recently, literature of the middle ages. I then went to California and, for over 20 years, worked in various programs for migrant workers, honing my Spanish and raising a family. A bay area Latino poet, Luis Garcia, turned me on to Latin American poetry, and this became another passion for me. In 1989 I moved to Taiwan. I lived there for 25 years teaching English and French, and discovering Chinese literature, especially classical poetry, and fiction of the early 20th century. I retired and returned to the US in 2013, now able to devote all my energies to my literary interests, mostly poetry and the middle ages.  This year, I decided to formalize my studies, and I entered the MA program in German at the University of Alabama.

Adrian Habenicht

Adrian is from a tiny village in Germany called Seulingen and is studying to become a teacher of English, political science, and physical education. He came to the University of Alabama to pursue a German master’s degree. In addition, his goal is to acquire intercultural knowledge in order to embody a modern and open-minded foreign language teacher.

His research interests include second language acquisition especially how to create an authentic learning environment, gender studies, and politics. Prior to coming to the University of Alabama, he co-instructed a seminar on power relations in educational institutions at the University of Kassel. He is now a graduate teaching assistant and the director of the German House at UA (fall semester 2021). In his free time, he likes to play tennis with the UA club tennis team.

Gift Iyioku

Gift grew up in South-Western Nigeria, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in European Studies (German Major) from the University of Ibadan. In September 2016, she co-founded the KG Language School in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2017, she received a DAAD Summer Scholarship and spent one month at the Technische Universität Hamburg studying German.

Gift is currently pursuing a master’s degree and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Alabama, where she is a member of the Delta Pi Alpha Honor Society and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Her research interests include Contemporary (German) and European-African Literature, Colonial and Migration Studies. She is always eager to meet people of other cultures, and in her free time, you will find her watching YouTube travel documentaries and foreign movies, and reading.

Katherine Lightfoot

Katie grew up in Tuscaloosa and graduated with a BA in International Studies and German from UA. During this time, she spent a year in Hamburg, Germany on an exchange through the Federation of German-American Clubs. She then decided to begin her MA in German and is now a GTA in the German Program. She is excited to pursue continued studies in the interdisciplinary field of global studies. Her research interests include second language acquisition and intercultural communication and literature. When she isn’t reading Goethe or Jelinek, she’s playing volleyball or learning Turkish. During this academic year, Katie is living in Cuxhaven, Germany and teaching English and German on a Fulbright grant.

Abigail Obafemi

Originally from Nigeria, Abigail graduated with a BA in German from the University of Ibadan in 2020. She wrote her senior thesis on “The End of the Second World War in Austria,” based on Paulus Hochgatterer’s book Der Tag, an dem mein Groβvater ein Held war.

She was first introduced to the German language in 2015 and her interest for the language has grown, as well as her passion for teaching. She is currently a first-year MA student of German at UA and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, tutoring and assisting professors in the German program. Her main areas of academic interest include modern comparative literature and second language acquisition. She loves to explore road trips. She also enjoys playing volleyball and swimming.

Kristina Schauhoff

Born and raised in Bonn, Germany, Kristina Schauhoff graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2021, majoring in English, German, and Educational Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. She decided to continue her studies at the University of Alabama, and is currently pursuing the MA German program as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Furthermore, she is a scholar of the Federation of German-American Clubs (VDAC) and living at the German House as the German House Director 2021/22.

With her background in teaching, she is especially interested in second language acquisition. Her areas of interest also include gender studies, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, and the use of time, mainly flashbacks and foreshadowing, in literature. In her free time, she enjoys playing the flute and piano, traveling, baking, and is a leader of a German student organization (Aufklärung Organspende) that neutrally provides information about the organ donation system in Germany.


Warren Smith

Warren is a GTA and is from Northport, Alabama. He completed his bachelor’s degrees in German and biology at UA. He enjoyed the experience of learning German and decided to earn a German MA. In the future he hopes to enter dental school and to learn at least one more language. His personal interests include history, languages, and biology. In his free time he enjoys beekeeping, HEMA, and listening to comedy.

Richard Tucker

Richard is pursuing a MA in German studies. He completed his BA in German, History, and Political Science in 2019 here at the University of Alabama. He will be living in Berlin, Germany as a VDAC scholar until returning to UA for his final semester in the fall of 2022. He served as IT Chair for the 2021 UALC Conference. His main areas of academic interest include intellectual history, philosophy, and literature. In his free time, you will find him hiking, watching sports, running, and taking impromptu road trips.

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