American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

A Professional Partner of The

Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Natalie Bartush (1990-91)
Natalie is the Advising & Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Global Educational Opportunities at the University of Texas at Austin. (6/8/07)

Susan Bernofsky (1995-96)
Susan is a writer, scholar, and literary translator. She is a recent recipient of an NEH grant and Lannan Foundation Residency Award to support her work on a critical biography of the Swiss-German novelist and short prose author Robert Walser, which received previous support from the American Council of Learned Societies. Her bookForeign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe appeared in 2005 in the Kritikseries from Wayne State University Press. Her translation of Robert Walser’s novel The Tanners, which received an NEA Translation Fellowship, is forthcoming in August 2009 from New Directions, and her translation of Yoko Tawada’s The Naked Eye appeared with New Directions in May 2009. Other recent translations include Walser’s The Assistant (New Directions, 2007), Hesse’s Siddhartha (Modern Library, 2006) and The Old Child and Other Stories by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions, 2005), which received a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award and the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize. She frequently offers workshops on literary translation, most recently at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre in Banff, Canada (June 2009). Susan graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received a master’s degree in fiction writing from Washington University and a doctorate in comparative literature from Princeton. She lives in New York and is at work on a novel set in Germany and in her home town, New Orleans. (6/26/09)

Eric Jarosinski (2002-03)
Eric is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches modern German literature, culture, and theory. He spent his year as a German Chancellor Fellow in Berlin conducting research on the metaphor of “transparency” in new government architecture. He is currently revising his dissertation for book publication (working title “Cellophane Modernity”) while beginning a new project on the radio play in Germany and Austria, past and present. In addition to graduate studies in German both at the University of Wisconsin and abroad (Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Utrecht, and Bonn), he has also worked as a journalist and translator, primarily within the fields of Jewish Studies and psychoanalysis. He has recently published on figures such as Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, and Vladimir Nabokov. (2/22/09)

Lisa Lampert-Weissig (1996-97)
Lisa is Associate Professor of English Literature and Comparative Medieval Studies in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego, where she also now directs the interdisciplinary German Studies program. Her book, Gender and Jewish Difference from Paul to Shakespeare, appeared with the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2004. Her current project, The Once and Future Jew: Narrative, Temporality and Antisemitism, looks at the connections between antisemitism and narrative structures in texts ranging from medieval Grail narratives to the popular contemporaryLeft Behind series. Sections of the book have recently appeared in Modern Language Quarterly and the Journal of English and Germanic Philology and have also been presented to audiences at Dartmouth College, the Association of Jewish Studies, and the Faculty of English at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She will also be presenting related work as a keynote speaker at the “De/Constructions of Occidentalism” conference at the Humboldt University in Berlin in June 2007. Her project during the German Chancellor Fellowship Program focused on the German-Jewish writer, Hermann Sinsheimer, who worked with the Jewish Kulturbund in Berlin from 1933-38. She was in Berlin for that year, which followed the completion of her doctorate at UC Berkeley. (4/20/07)

Dong Li (2015-2016)
Dong Li is a poet, writer and translator. He was born and raised in the People’s Republic of China. His honors include fellowships from The Corporation of Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, OMI Ledig House, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as well as grants from The Whiting and Henry Luce Foundations and PEN/Heim Translation Fund. He was Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Poet-in-Residence 2013-2014. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Hotel Amerika, Denver Quarterly, Poor Claudia, LVNG, Quarterly West, Guernica, Cincinnati Review and elsewhere. His work has been translated into German and appeared in manuskripte (Austria). Dong Li has degrees from Deep Springs College and Brown University. After his German Chancellor Fellowship, Li will be Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. (6/4/15)

John Parker (1999-2000)
John is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author ofThe Aesthetics of Antichrist: From Christian Drama to Christopher Marlowe (Cornell, 2007), along with several book chapters and articles. “What a Piece of Work is Man: Shakespearean Drama as Marxian Fetish, the Fetish as Sacramental Sublime,” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 34.3 (Fall 2004): 643-672 summarizes the results of the research he carried out in Berlin as a German Chancellor Fellow. His interests include medieval and Renaissance drama, classics, the New Testament, Patristics, Luther, and German philosophy after Kant — especially Marx, Nietzsche and Adorno. In 2008-9 he was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome for a project on the Christianization of Seneca. (6/26/09)

Thomas Pepper (1991-92)
Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. His primary research interests are the histories of western philosophy and of psychoanalysis, Kierkegaard and his effects on twentieth-century thought and literature, gender, the history of criticism, English, French and German lyric poetry, and the contemporary renascence in trauma studies. Thomas spent his German Chancellor Fellowship year at Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Freiburg. (6/8/07)

Jing Yuen Tsu (1997-98)
Jing Tsu is the first person to be tenured as Professor of Modern Chinese Literature & Culture at Yale University. Her research interests include nationalism, race, diaspora, visual studies, Sinophone literature, transnational labor, history of science, and different approaches to large-scale literary and cultural studies.  Author of Failure, Nationalism, and Literature: The Making of Modern Chinese Identity, 1895-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2005), Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (Harvard University Press, 2010), and co-editor (with David Der-wei Wang) of Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays (Brill, 2010), Tsu is currently working on her third book as well as co-editing (with Benjamin Elman) a volume on Science in Republican China (forthcoming). Tsu has held fellowships from, among others, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Harvard Society of Fellows, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in (2011-2012) and will be at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in spring 2013. (1/31/12)