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, and her dissertation was awarded the Women in German Dissertation Prize in 2012. She is currently completing a book manuscript about Jewish passing and gendered visibility in Weimar Germany, a project supported by the Leo Baeck Institute's Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship. Another project focuses on the artist Rahel Szalit-Marcus. Her teaching and research interests include German, German-Jewish, Yiddish, and Jewish American literature, culture, and film, as well as visual and consumer culture.

At Gettysburg, Professor Wallach also contributes to the Judaic Studies Minor and to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Courses Taught at Gettysburg College

  • Elementary German (GER 101 & 102)
  • Intermediate German (GER 201)
  • Advanced German (GER 301 & 302)
  • German Literature in Translation (GER 120)
  • Yiddish Literature in Translation (GER 225)
  • 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, & Weaves: The Cultural Politics of Hair (FYS 132-3)

Recent Publications

“America Abandoned: German-Jewish Visions of American Poverty in Serialized Novels by Joseph Roth, Sholem Asch, and Michael Gold” in Three-Way Street: Germans, Jews, and the Transnational (forthcoming).

“Escape Artistry: Elisabeth Bergner and Jewish Disappearance in Der träumende Mund (Czinner, 1932)” in German Studies Review 38.1 (2015).

“Front-Page Jews: Doris Wittner's (1880-1937) Berlin Feuilletons” in Discovering Women's History: German-Speaking Journalists (1900-1950) (2014).

Recognition for the ‘Beautiful Jewess’: Beauty Queens Crowned by Modern Jewish Print Media” in Globalizing Beauty: Consumerism and Body Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century (2013).

“Weimar Jewish Chic: Jewish Women and Fashion in 1920s Germany” in Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce (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 (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 (2013).


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:
German-Jewish Literature, History and Culture; Gender and Sexuality; Visual Culture; Weimar Republic

Additional publications by Kerry Wallach