Born in Munich, Germany, and raised near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MALS from Duke University. She has taught German at both UNC and Duke as a visiting lecturer before joining the PhD program. In her research, she is most interested in the moment of aesthetic encounter between work and world in Modernist German literature especially in the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Other research interests include the juxtaposition of language and identity as it is reflected in German literary and philosophical thought as it pertains to exile literature and female authorship and representation. Aside from academic work, Andrea is the published author of three narrative non-fiction books in German. In her free time, Andrea loves travel, nature and family - ideally all combined.