Graduate Students

Phil CabeenPhillip Cabeen
PhD Student, Germanic Studies
Max Kade Fellow
Phillip is interested in subversive cultural arts movements of the 20th century, media studies, critical pedagogy, and the intersection of these.  He particularly enjoys theater, dance and film, and he is an enthusiastic teacher of German language. In his free time, Phillip enjoys exploring the city on foot or by bicycle.
Office: 1508 UH
Email: pcabee1@uic.edu

Adrian Chubb photoAdrian Chubb
Adrian Chubb is a Ph.D. student in the Germanic Studies department. Adrian's research focuses on the Federal Republic in the post-war years; he explores the intersection and interaction between culture and politics during this period, particularly related to the protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Additional areas of interest include German thought from the Enlightenment to the Frankfurt School, theories of the public sphere, and representations of the female terrorist. His dissertation has the working title: "Günter Grass and the late 1960s: In Search of Public Sphere Pluralism." Adrian attended the University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK, where he obtained a B.A. in German and Russian Studies and an M.A. in German Studies. Prior to joining Germanic Studies at UIC, he worked in corporate communications, marketing, computer programming, and data and systems analysis in Germany and the USA.
Office: 1508 UH
Email: achubb2@uic.edu

Karina D-HKarina Duncker-Hoffmann
Ph.D. Student, Germanic Studies
Areas of Interest: German/Transnational Film and Literature, Culture in Second Language Teaching, Second Language Acquisition
Current Position: I am currently teaching German and ESL at North Central College, Naperville and I am a certified rater of OPI/OPIc exams for ACTFL in German and English. When I am not studying or teaching, I read, do Pilates and Yoga or cook for friends and family.
Office: 1526 UH
Email: kdunck2@uic.edu

David Faulk picDavid Faulk
David Faulk is a Ph.D. student in the Germanic Studies department. His dissertation focuses on the intersection between narratology and transnational literature. Specifically, his research examines how the structure of narrative serves either to accentuate or, at times, minimize alterity and cultural difference. His research draws on the work of Gérard Genette, Mieke Bal, James Phelan, and Monika Fludernik, and shows how the dialectic between difference and identity can best be understood as the effect of a reader's engagement with a narrative through time.
Email: dfaulk2@uic.edu


Zach Fitzpatrick website photo (cropped)Zachary Fitzpatrick
Zach Fitzpatrick is a Ph.D. student. His connection to Germany began at the age of five, when his family was stationed in the Rhineland for three years. After his undergraduate years in German and international studies, he spent a year in Koblenz teaching English as a representative of the Fulbright Commission. In fall 2014, he finally came to Chicago to begin graduate study at UIC, writing his Master’s thesis on Turkish German comedy film.

As a Filipino American, he has always been interested in researching diasporas outside of the U.S. context. His dissertation project will focus on uncovering representations of Asians throughout German film and television history. Other research interests include gender and women’s studies, as well as film pedagogy.
In his free time, Zach runs a blog combining his music and film interests.
Office: 1510 UH
Email: zfitzp2@uic.edu

Adam Gacs
PhD Student, Interdepartmental Concentration in Applied Linguistics
Email: agacs2@uic.edu

Erin GErin Gizewski
Erin Gizewski is an M.A. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is interested in and researching the connection between mind and body and the different ways in which aesthetic theory may influence the way people perceive this connection or the lack thereof. In a time in which the validity of the humanities is being contested, Erin believes analyzing this connection between the cognitive and the physical revitalizes and reminds us of the importance of subjective human experience. Erin plans to research this topic and its manifestations in German literature, art, and critical theory in further depth as she continues her studies in the Germanic Studies Ph.D. program at UIC.
Office: 1526 UH
Email: eritch2@uic.edu

Hajar Kermani Darbaghshahi
MA Student
Email: hkerma2@uic.edu

Julia Koxholt
PhD Student
Email: jkoxholt@uic.edu

Ivan Narinetski
MA Student
Email: inarin2@uic.edu

Maryann PielMaryann Piel
Maryann is a second-year PhD student in the Germanic Studies Department and a TA in the German Basic Language Program. After completing her MA in Germanic Studies at UIC in 2016, she worked as a project assistant at the Goethe-Institut Chicago and served as conference coordinator for the Austrian Studies Association Conference in 2016. She returned to the Germanic Studies Department at UIC in 2017, spending her first year completing course work at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research interests include early 20th century outsider literature, as well as socialist and proletarian literatures. In her free time Maryann enjoys taking pictures of her cat and dog, as well as working towards crafting the perfect cheese plate.
Office: 1526 UH
Email: mpiel2@uic.edu

Lucas Riddle picLucas Riddle

Lucas Riddle is a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Department of Germanic Studies. He holds an MA in German Literature and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has also completed graduate work at Humboldt University in Berlin. His areas of interest include contemporary German-language literature, migration, post-colonialism, pop culture, humor, and literary translation. Aside from his academic work, Lucas has worked in commercial and technical translation and has dabbled in creative writing. On weekends, he enjoys riding his bike and spending time outdoors exploring Chicago.
Office: 1510 UH
Email:lriddl4@uic.edu

Jenny Sangun picJennifer Sengun
M.A. Student, Germanic Studies
TA for German Basic Language Program
Areas of Interest:
My academic interests lie broadly in German language, literature, and culture. I am particularly interested in looking at the variety of cultures that come together within Germany and how these diverse cultures shape a domestic one in Germany. I am also interested in East Germany and the East Germans’ particular mode of processing the Nazi past in comparison to the way West Germans engage in the work of historical memory. One of my hobbies is learning new and different languages and then combining this hobby with my favorite pastime, which is travelling.
Office: 1526 UH
Email: jsengu2@uic.edu

Maria S photoMaria Speggiorin

First year M.A. Student, Germanic Studies.
Max Kade Fellow
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages at the University of Trento (Italy) and my M.A. in Language Teaching at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. For the latter degree I focused my research on how to combine Second Language Acquisition (Italian) and visual art through an experiential approach. I have also worked for the nonprofit organization “Cooperativa Adelante” in the field of informal education (i.e. working with students in activities outside of a formal educational setting). I am now pursuing my M.A. in Germanic Studies to enhance my knowledge and skills in German Studies research and to experience a different educational system here in the U.S.
Areas of Interest: my academic interests include Austrian and South-Tyrolean culture and literature, the coexistence of multiple languages in the same geographical area (in particular in South Tyrol), new and alternative teaching methodologies, experiential learning and different educational systems.
Office: 1508 UH
Email: mspegg2@uic.edu

Anne_WootenAnne Wooten

M.A. Student, Germanic Studies.
I completed my B.A. at Northern Illinois University in German Language & Literature with a minor in Spanish. The research areas that interest me most are German film, classical German literature and poetry, and linguistics (my favorite works come from the Expressionist era). During my undergraduate studies, I spent many of my breaks traveling around Germany, visiting many cities in the country and experiencing many different regions, ways of living and cuisines  – gathering ideas about how Germans live today. Outside of my academic work, I spend most of my time cooking, baking, rock climbing, and spending time with my niece and nephews.
Office: 1526 UH
Email: awoote2@uic.edu