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DEI Committee Members

Kristin Dickinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, for which she also serves as the Faculty Ally for Diversity.  Her research on contemporary German and Turkish literature examines the potential of translation, as both a formal and a social medium, to intervene in nationalist ideologies and nationally structured areas of study. Her teaching and publications have focused on questions of world literature, multilingualism and cross-linguistic remembrance, the reappropriation of ethnic slurs, nationalism and the history of language reform, and non-ethnic modes of belonging. At the core of her research lies an interest in challenging racial and ethnic definitions of German- and Turkishness.

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.

Domenic DeSocio is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, for which he also serves as the Student Ally for Diversity, a position funded by Rackham Graduate School. He researches 20th-century literary modernism, with a specific focus on the literature of women and queer individuals. Moreover, he has taught several classes with emphases on sexuality, gender, and race, such as a queer-themed German language course and a course on German film. Domenic is also working on a research and teaching database that compiles primary sources of all genres and media created by historically underrepresented groups and individuals in German culture, and which offers adaptable syllabi and lesson plans to integrate these materials into both new and already established courses.