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Chris Burwick

Chris Burwick
Chris Burwick

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

Christian A. Johnson 202A

Chris Burwick's scholarship explores the intersections between materiality theory and material culture in literature and media. He is interested in the role objects play in life and culture, and how that role is expressed in language, museums, and the visual arts. Currently Burwick is currently working on a book that investigates this intersection in the works of the Austrian author Josef Winkler. He also has a passion for science fiction, the history of science, and Cold War history.

Dedicated to teaching undergraduates, Burwick enjoys helping students make connections with their own background and the body of German cultural offerings, including the language, and the role of German speaking regions in the world. He recently taught courses in the Berlin Wall, ecology in youth literature, folklore and fairy tales, and the history of museums. When he’s not reading or writing, you’ll see him hiking, playing games, and building tiny models. He possesses encyclopedic knowledge of The Simpsons, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

Burwick earned his doctorate in German studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and holds degrees from Pitzer College, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Washington, Seattle.


Recent Courses Taught

First-Term German
Modern Literature of the German-Speaking Countries

Appointed to the Faculty: 2018

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Washington
M.A., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
B.A., Pitzer College

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