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Alumni Placement

Current Positions of Carolina-Duke Graduates, 2008-Present

The first Carolina-Duke students graduated in May 2015 and already many have landed tenure-track jobs, some at small liberal arts colleges and others at research universities. Included in the following list are also alumni from Duke's and UNC's doctoral programs prior to the creation of the Carolina Duke Graduate Program. It lists placement up to three years after graduation, and includes both alumni who have landed temporary and tenure-track jobs at institutions big and small, private and public, as well as our alumni who have pursued exceptional careers outside of German Studies.

Carolina-Duke PhDs, 2015 - Present

  • Christoph Schmitz (Summer 2022), Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 
  • John Jolly (Spring 2022), Teaching position in humanities, Chesterton Academy of St James, Redwood City, CA 
  • Ian McLean (Spring 2022), Assistant Professor of Teaching, German & Classics, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 
  • Amy Jones (Spring 2022), German Instructor, German Studies Department, Duke University, Durham, NC 
  • Lea Greenberg (Spring 2021), self-employed, editor and translator   
  • Edana Kleinhans (Spring 2021), Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
  • Martin Dawson (Summer 2021), Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York 
  • Margaret Reif (Spring 2020), Visiting Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA 
  • Jeffrey Hertel (Spring 2020), Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
  • John Gill (Spring 2020), Academic Coaching Specialist, The Learning Center at UNC-Chapel Hill 
  • Patrick Lang (Summer 2019), Full Stack Developer,  MassMutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Matt Hambro (Summer 2019), Senior Software Engineer at Disney Streaming, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bethany Bowen-Wefuan, (Spring 2018), Lecturer, UNC-Wilmington
  • Richard "Tres" Lambert (Summer 2017), Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College
  • Claire Scott (Spring 2017), Senior Lecturer in German at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (eff. Fall 2022)
  • Christine Kenison ( Spring 2017), Assistant Professor, St. Anselm's College - Manchester, NH
  • Melanie Ungar (Fall 2016), Senior Academic Advisor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy -  Texas Tech University
  • Sandra Niethardt (Fall 2016), Editing Assistant for the "Amsterdamer Beitäge für neuere Germanistik" (ABnG)
  • Rory Bradley (Spring 2016), Staff Account, Mig Murphy Sistrom, CPA, PC
  • Janice Hansen (Spring 2016), MLIS Library Science, Freelance editor at Scribbr
  • Heidi Hart (Spring 2016), Environmental Humanities, arts researcher and practitioner
  • Steffen Kaupp (Spring 2016), Head of Language Department & Deputy Director at Goethe-Institut -  Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Annegret Oehme (Spring 2016), Associate Professor, University of Washington-Seattle
  • Lindsey Brandt (Summer 2015), Director of OTLE, Montana State University-Northern
  • Erik Grell (Fall 2015), Associate  Director  of the Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College
  • Christian Straubhaar (Fall 2015), Self-Employed, Java Programmer
  • Emma Woelk (Spring 2015), Associate  Professor, St. Edward University, Austin, TX

Carolina and Duke PhDs, 2008 - 2014

  • Matthew Feminella (UNC Spring 2016), Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama
  • Tayler Kent (UNC Spring 2015), Instructor, Capstone International Center Advisor, The University of Alabama
  • Sara Farner Budarz (UNC Summer 2014), Author and editor, Evia Learning (Auf geht's and Weiter geht's! textbooks)
  • Silia Kaplan (UNC Summer 2014), Self-Employed, Translator
  • Lynda Kemei Nyota (Duke 2013), Assistant Teaching  Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers (UNC Spring 2013), Events Liaison at the Library of Congress
  • Kirkland A. Fulk (UNC Spring 2013), Assistant Professor, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Gabriele Wurmitzer, (Duke 2012), Duke University, Staff Specialist, Thompson Writing Program
  • Michelle Eley (Duke 2012), Community & Economic Development Specialist, North Carolina State University
  • Johanna Schuster-Craig (Duke 2012), Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
  • Marc Reibold (Duke 2012), Teaching Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Susanne Gomoluch (UNC Summer 2012), Lecturer, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Kai-Uwe Werbeck (UNC Spring 2012), Associate Professor, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Caroline Kita (Duke 2011), Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Molly Knight (Duke 2011), Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Robert Blankenship (UNC Summer 2011), Associate Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • Anja Wieden (UNC Fall 2011), Associate Professor, Oakland University
  • Rebeccah Dawson Contreras (UNC Summer 2011), Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Nicolay Ostrau (UNC Summer 2011), Senior Lecturer of German Studies, Dartmouth College
  • Shelley Hay (UNC May 2010), Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • Chunjie Zhang (Duke 2010), Associate Professor, University of California, Davis
  • Richard Benson (UNC Spring 2009), Self-Employed
  • Richard Apgar (UNC Spring 2008), Assistant Professor, Sewanee - University of the South
  • April Henry (UNC Summer 2008), Language Program Director & Instructor, Duke University
  • Cyrus Shahan (UNC Spring 2008), Associate Teaching Professor, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences & Humanities