Languages and Cultures

Kurt Hollender

Academic Degrees:
  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Kenyon College
Academic Interests:

Language pedagogy, German literature around 1800, literary theory, and drama.


Kurt Hollender is a visiting assistant professor of German. Kurt is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A.), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (M.A.), and New York University (Ph.D. in German). Kurt is also the National Program Coordinator for German Professional Opportunities at the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Kurt began his language teaching career as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Hamburg, Germany and then as a Cambridge-University-certified English as a Second Language instructor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany. He has taught German and culture throughout his graduate studies at Illinois and NYU, including two guest lectureships in German literature at the University of Göttingen in Germany and the at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Starting with his dissertation, titled “Literary Potions and Poison: Schiller, Goethe, Kleist” and focused on the love potions, magic drinks, and poisons in German drama, Kurt’s research focuses on German literature and aesthetics around 1800. He regularly presents his work at national and regional conferences and often coordinates summer research with CSB/SJU students.

As an advocate for professionalization in German Studies, Kurt works closely with CSB/SJU students on professional opportunities, including scholarships, memberships, internships, and further study. His list of over 700 opportunities is now becoming the national list for professional opportunities for the U.S. and will be housed through the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

In his free time, Kurt enjoys spending time with family, going to the theater, and traveling.

Kurt Hollender, visiting assistant professor

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German Studies
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Ana Conboy
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
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Jennifer Schwichtenberg
Department Coordinator
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