Katherine Lightfoot

Degree Program: MA

Research Areas

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Literature
  • International Relations


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.