Like many Gettysburg students, German Studies Prof. Kerry Wallach had an interdisciplinary college major and has worked across disciplines every since. Her primary fields are German, Jewish, and Gender Studies; the broader label Cultural Studies brings together her areas of interest.
Her upcoming courses at Gettysburg College also deal with these topics, from “Redefining German: Gender, Nation, Migration” to “The German-Jewish Experience” and “Modernity and the Metropolis.” Her first-year seminar deals with the cultural politics of hair.
Wallach is well-versed in a range of languages and international subjects. She did her graduate work in German at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a student-nominated award for excellence in teaching. Her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University combined West European literature, philosophy, history, and foreign languages; while at Wesleyan, she studied Hebrew and spent a semester in Jerusalem, Israel. In addition, she later studied Yiddish language, literature, and culture at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
She has spent several years conducting research in Berlin, including one year as a Fellow of the Leo Baeck Institute London and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2012-2013, she returns to both Berlin and Jerusalem to take part in two postdoctoral workshops on German-Jewish and Central-European Jewish History.