Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures



  • Ph.D, German Literature, Washington University in St. Louis. Project: She passes judgment as would a man: political discourse in the novels of Caroline de la Motte Fouque
  • Certificate, Women's Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.A. , Department of German, University of Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • FLACH Award for the teaching of Austria, the German-speaking areas of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Südtirol in the US . American Association of Teachers of German, 11/19/2016
  • Summer Research Fellowship. DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Ausstauschdienst) , 05/01/2015
  • Best Article Award 2013 for “‘Ich kam unter die Schweizer.’ Teaching Switzerland as a Multi-Ethnic Society.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. 45.2 (2012): 107-126. Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. Journal of the American Association of Teachers of German, 11/23/2013
  • Vitality Award. Utah Foreign Language Association, 06/2011
  • Junior Research Award. Fulbright Organization, 2005
  • Max Kade Award for best article. Modern Austrian Literature Association, 2004
  • Transatlantisches Nachwuchsförderungsprogram Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TraiNDaF). Federal Government of Germany, 2004
  • Berlin Summer Seminar. National Endowment of the Humanities, 2000



Professor Baumgartner received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in German literature and Women's Studies. From 1999-2005, she was Assistant Professor of German at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She spent the academic year 2005-2006 in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2006, she came to the University of Utah where she teaches German language and literature and comparative literature (e.g. From Grimm to Disney). Professor Baumgartner is the author of the monograph Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué (2009). She has written numerous articles on the literature of the early 19th century in particular on the Napoleonic Wars, German national identity, female education in the 19th century, family relations, flânerie, and fashion. She has co-edited a book on teaching Modern Switzerland (From Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland, 2010) and written articles on teaching Switzerland. She frequently gives workshops on teaching Switzerland nationally and here in Utah. Currently Professor Baumgartner is writing the monograph Mapping the Nation: German Travel Guides, 1789 to 1871, a study that investigates how early German travel guides shaped the discourses of national identity in the German-speaking countries. Professor Baumgartner is a native of Switzerland and appreciates the Wasatch Mountains in summer for hiking and in winter for skiing. 

In the Media


  • Danish, functional. CEFR level B1.
  • English, fluent.
  • French, functional.
  • German, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Western Europe