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Silke von der Emde Associate Professor of German Studies

Silke von der Emde received her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1994. She is the author of Entering History: Feminist Dialogues in Irmtraud Morgner’s Prose (2004) as well as several articles on GDR literature, feminist theory, and German film. She is currently writing a book with the working title Women, Memory and the Second German Past. In addition to her scholarship on contemporary German literature, film, and culture, she is co-directing a broad initiative at Vassar College on the Holocaust. Together with her colleague Jeffrey Schneider, she developed Vassar’s award-winning Intermediate German Sequence using the online bilingual environment MOOssiggang. The two have also published several articles on technology and foreign language pedagogy in prominent, peer-reviewed journals and books.

  • MA, PhD, Indiana University
  • At Vassar since 1994



  • CLCS 185. Vassar View: Vassar Advising Intensive
  • GERM 105. Beginning German: The Stories of Childhood
  • GERM 230. Contemporary German Culture and Media