From Sturm and Drang and Goethe's Faust  to contemporary 21st century Germany, our faculty in German Studies have a variety of expertise and research interests. The interdisciplinary nature of our teaching allows students to study the German language while also learning about the fascinating, rich and sometimes difficult histories of German-speaking countries via their literature, music, film, and everyday cultures. Our faculty also contribute to the programs in Women's Studies,  International Studies, and General Education via their courses in the "Literature and Culture" rubric,  to the Humanities "World of Ideas" sequence, and also to Gateway Colloquia offerings, the first course in the university's writing program.


Current Faculty

  • Sonja Fritzsche

    Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies

    At IWU since 2001, she teaches all levels of German language as well as upper division courses in 20th and 21st century German literature and film, German for Human Rights, and German Business Culture. She also regularly teaches courses in English on German and Russian utopia/science fiction, Central European Women's writing, and German cinema.

    Contact: (309) 556-3290 —

  • Adam Woodis

    Professor of German

    (19th-century German literature, history, and culture)

    Contact: (309) 556-3470 —


Past Faculty

Julie Prandi, (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) - Professor Emerita of German 


All correspondence can be mailed to individual faculty members at:

German Studies
104 Buck Memorial Library
210 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL
Departmental Phone:  309/556-3044
Departmental FAX:  309/556-3284