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  Kerstin T. Gaddy

Research leave, Fall 2017-2018
Dr. Gaddy received her B.A. in Psychology and Education from the University of Stockholm, her M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in German Literature and Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Professor Gaddy joined the faculty at CUA in 1997. In the Department of Modern Languages, Dr. Gaddy teaches German language, literature, and culture, from the beginning sequence of German 101-102, through the advanced sequence German 203-204, to literature courses on German 19th and 20th century literature. Most recently she has developed two very popular interdisciplinary culture courses taught in English, “Berlin in Film and Literature” and “Weimar Culture in Film and Literature.” In addition to teaching German, Dr. Gaddy also teaches two Humanities courses for freshmen, “Classics in Conversation” and “Classics in the Christian Tradition.”

Research and Publications
Professor Gaddy's research and publications focus on using modern technology to enhance language pedagogy and on modern German literature. Gaddy is very active at scholarly conferences and has presented numerous papers on language pedagogy and on German and Scandinavian literature. Gaddy has published many articles and encyclopedia entries on, among others, Gerhart Hauptmann, Herrmann Sudermann, Stefan Zweig, and Brigitte Burmeister. Dr. Gaddy is also a prolific reviewer of German scholarly books and has published over 20 book reviews.

Dr. Gaddy’s special interest on campus is to promote the study of modern languages and in particular the advantage of studying German language and culture. Since 2005 Dr. Gaddy has regularly taken a group of students to Berlin for a week-long study seminar.

Since 2010 Professor Gaddy has spent half of her time with CUA's First Year Experience (FYE) initiative. Apart from teaching the Humanities sequence HUM 101 and HUM 124, she works closely with the Center for Academic Success (CAS) as an advisor for exploratory students.