Megan Ewing is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, where she serves as a Faculty Ally for Diversity. Specializing in postwar German and Austrian literature with a particular focus on the environmental humanities, her work takes up the issues of space, scale, and the senses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and art. Her current book project on ecological thinking in the neo-avantgarde examines these issues through the psychogeography of the Situationist International and its adoption as an aesthetic strategy by authors and artists in the German-speaking world. Her research focuses on multisensory aesthetic models that can ground political resistance in intimate attention to the local and affective, in order to explore contemporary issues of identity and spatiality with an eye to climate change, global migration, and the emerging reality of their intersection. This interest in aesthetic modes of political activity and resistance informs her work in the classroom through courses on German ecocriticism, fairy tales, the international avantgarde, and the relationship of art and revolution.
Mary Rodena Krasan is a lecturer in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She earned her doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include: postcolonialism; the German colonial imagination as reflected in German Science Fiction and Fantasy; and the intersectionality of technology and pedagogy. She has won the Lecturer of the Year award (2016), the ITC Level II award (2014), and the NINI grant (2015) for new innovations. Her emphasis on a student-centered, inclusive, forward-thinking environment for the classroom now carries over into her additional role as undergraduate advisor for the German Department at the University of Michigan.