Kerry Wallach's research focuses on twentieth-century Germany and German-Jewish culture. She is the author of the book Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2017), which she discusses in this podcast. Current research projects focus on artist Rahel Szalit-Marcus and actress Maria Orska. In her courses, students learn about Germans, Jews, gender, sexuality, literature, history, film, art, and visual and consumer culture.
Prof. Wallach is pleased to serve on the editorial board of the German Jewish Cultures book series published by Indiana University Press, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York.
At Gettysburg, Professor Wallach is an Affiliate of the Judaic Studies Program and also contributes to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Courses Taught at Gettysburg College
Courses in English
- German Literature in Translation (GER 120)
- Yiddish Literature in Translation (GER 225)
- Intro to German Studies: Methods and Theories (GER 240)
- European Jews: History, Holocaust, Future (GER 285)
- The German-Jewish Experience (GER 351)
- Bobs, Beehives, Wigs, & Weaves: The Cultural Politics of Hair (FYS 132-3)
Upper-level German Courses
- Introduction to German Cinema (GER 306)
- Cultural History from Hegel to Hitler (GER 312)
- Redefining German: Gender, Nation, Migration (GER 335)
- Modernity and the Metropolis (GER 340)
Senior Seminar (GER 400)
[Senior Seminar Topics: Propaganda (2013); Minorities (2016)]
- Elementary German (GER 101 & 102)
- Intermediate German (GER 201)
- Advanced German (GER 301 & 302)
“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 (2016).
“Escape Artistry: Elisabeth Bergner and Jewish Disappearance in Der träumende Mund (Czinner, 1932)” in German Studies Review 38.1 (2015).
“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).
“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).
Chairperson/Associate Professor, German
Phone: (717) 337 - 6881
Box: Campus Box 0398
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2011
MA University of Pennsylvania, 2005
BA Wesleyan University
German-Jewish Literature, History and Culture; Gender and Sexuality; Visual Culture; Weimar Republic