Curriculum Vitae

  • Chair Department of Languages and Literature
  • Professor, World Languages and Cultures



  • PhD 1993, German Studies, Cornell University


Katharina Gerstenberger is professor of German and chair of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah. She is the author of Truth to Tell: German Women’s Autobiographies and Turn-of-the-Century Culture (2000) and Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature (2008). She co-edited German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transformations, Transitions (2008); and After the Berlin Wall:  Germany and Beyond (2011).  Her articles on topics of 20th and 21st German literary culture have appeared in Ecozona, Gegenwartsliteratur, Monatshefte, Women in German Yearbook, German Politics and Society, German Quarterly and in several anthologies, including German Literature in the Age of Globalization (2004), Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture (2010), and Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010).  From 2007-2010 she was co-editor of Women in German Yearbook.  She is a member of the Transatlantic Research Network in Environmental Humanities. 


  • English, fluent.
  • French, basic.
  • German, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Austria
  • Germany