Teaching

Petra received her pedagogic training from Dr. James Rankin at Princeton University. Her teaching agenda includes the full sequence of German language classes and seminars in English and German on literature, material media history, media theory, and the history of journalism.

Dartmouth College – Courses Designed

  • From the Typewriter to Virtual Reality: Modern Media Theory [approved]
    This upper-division seminar in German Studies and Comparative Literature introduces students to “German” media theory from Nietzsche to the Kittler school.
  • The Invention of News [scheduled for Spring 2021, co-taught with Nicolay Ostrau]
    This Humanities 3 seminar explores the history of news before the mass press and surveys several medieval and early modern genres, from fama to ballads.
  • Can’t you tell? Debunking Fakes [in preparation]
    This Humanities 4 lecture course investigates aesthetic and social strategies of fakery across media and historical constellations and discusses prevention strategies.
  • Humanities Lab: Understanding German Media [taught in Spring 2019]
    A mid-level German language course that I piloted in Winter 2014, this class explores the theory and practice of journalistic genres. From the 2019 iteration on, the course has been featuring a “lab” component. Assignments include writing an op-ed and recording a podcast episode.
  • Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper [taught in Winter 2019]
    This upper-division seminar in German Studies and Comparative Literature combines an introduction to media history with literary analysis and creative work in the print shop.
  • Pulp Fiction Meets High Literature: Writers in the 19th-Century Media Marketplace [taught in Fall 2016]
    An upper-division seminar in German Studies, this course analyzes the creative strategies with which writers responded to the periodical press and other media-historical shifts of the nineteenth century.

Dartmouth College – Courses Taught

  • Spring 2019 – Understanding German Media [intermediate German language course and humanities lab]
  • Winter 2019 – Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper [German and Comparative Literature seminar in material media history] & German 2 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Fall 2018 – German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Spring 2017 – Understanding German Media [intermediate German language course] & German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Fall 2016 – Pulp Fiction Meets High Literature: Writers in the 19th-Century Media Marketplace [upper-division seminar in German Studies] & German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Winter 2016 – Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper [freshmen seminar in German Studies] & German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Fall 2015 – To Be Young and German [intermediate German language course] & German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Spring 2015 – Understanding German Media [intermediate German language course] & German 1 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]
  • Spring 2014 – Academic Director, German Language Study Abroad Program, Berlin & Introduction to German Literature [introductory-level seminar in German Studies]
  • Winter 2014 – Dialogs with the Classics [Humanities honor’s lecture course; team-taught] & Understanding German Media [intermediate German language course]
  • Winter 2013 – German 2 [full-immersion beginner’s German language course]

Princeton University – Courses Taught