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Matthew Childs (he/him/his)

Graduate Student
Matthew Childs

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Mondays 10:30–11:30AM; Tuesdays 12:00–1:00PM (please email for an appointment).


M.A., German Studies, Florida State University, 2015
B.A., German and Classical Civilizations, Florida State University, 2013
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Matthew Childs is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Germanics. He joined the department in 2015 after completing his M.A. in German Studies from Florida State University, where he also earned his B.A. in German Studies and Classical Civilization in 2013. He will be a Teaching Assistant for AY2021–22, teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced level German courses.   

Matthew's dissertation project, Era of Uncertainty: Crisis and Catastrophe in Nineteenth-Century German Literature, looks at the form and function of disasters in several works of German literature of the 19th Century: Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Pfisters Mühle: Ein Sommerferienheft by Wilhelm Raabe, and Der Schimmelreiter by Theodor Storm.   

Matthew is one of two graduate student representative on the Arts and Colleges Advisory Council for Students for AY2021–22.

Matthew is the recipient of the Society of Scholars Summer Fellowships for Summer 2022. 

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Professional Affiliations: 
German Studies Association, Modern Languages Association, Goethe Society of North America, American Association of Teachers of German,