Margaret earned her B.A. in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago in 2013. She joined the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in 2014, after a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Schleswig-Holstein. Margaret’s research interests are primarily in nineteenth-century literature, with particular focus on questions of childhood, Bildung, and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation addresses the representation of unrealistic children and childhoods in works of German Realism, and how these representations of strange children provide opportunities to reflect on questions of art, nation-building, gender, and education in the latter half of the nineteenth-century.