Kerry Wallach

Kerry Wallach's research focuses on twentieth-century Germany and German-Jewish culture. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Gettysburg, she taught in the Jewish Gender and Women's Studies Program at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and she held a short-term postdoctoral fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. Her dissertation was awarded the Women in German Dissertation Prize in 2012. Her teaching and research interests include German, German-Jewish, Yiddish, and Jewish American literature, culture, and film, as well as visual and consumer culture. She is presently at work on a book about gender and Jewish recognizability in Weimar Germany.

At Gettysburg, Professor Wallach serves as faculty mentor to German House, organizes events for Judaic Studies, and contributes to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Professor Wallach will be on research leave for the academic year 2014-2015. She will return to campus in Fall 2015.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary German (GER 101 & 102)
  • German Literature in Translation (GER 120)
  • Intermediate German (GER 201)
  • Advanced German (GER 301 & 302)
  • Introduction to German Cinema (GER 306)
  • Redefining German: Gender, Nation, Migration (GER 335)
  • Modernity and the Metropolis (GER 340)
  • The German-Jewish Experience (GER 351)
  • Senior Seminar (GER 400)
  • Bobs, Beehives, Wigs, and Weaves: The Cultural Politics of Hair (FYS 132-3)

Recent Publications

Recognition for the ‘Beautiful Jewess’: Beauty Queens Crowned by Modern Jewish Print Media.” In Globalizing Beauty: Consumerism and Body Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century, edited by Hartmut Berghoff and Thomas Kühne, 131-50. German Historical Institute “Worlds of Consumption” Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Weimar Jewish Chic: Jewish Women and Fashion in 1920s Germany.” In Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, 113-35. Studies in Jewish Civilization Series, Vol. 24. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2013.  

Kosher Seductions: Jewish Women as Employees and Consumers in German Department Stores.” In Das Berliner Warenhaus: Geschichte und Diskurse / The Berlin Department Store: History and Discourse, edited by Godela Weiss-Sussex and Ulrike Zitzlsperger, 117-37. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2013.

Was auf dem (jüdischen) Spiel stand. Die Preisausschreiben der jüdischen Presse in der Weimarer Republik.” In Nicht nur Bildung, nicht nur Bürger: Juden in der Populärkultur, edited by Klaus Hödl, 45-62. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag, 2013.  

Paths of Modernity: Jewish Women in Central Europe.” In The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism, edited by Alan T. Levenson, 422-40. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.


Kerry Wallach

Kerry Wallach
Assistant Professor, German

Phone: (717) 337 - 6881

Box: Campus Box 0398

Address: McKnight Hall 12

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2011
MA University of Pennsylvania, 2005
BA Wesleyan University,

Academic Focus:
20th-century literature and media; German-Jewish history; gender studies; visual and consumer culture

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