Associate Professor of German Studies and
Director of Hamburg Program in Germany
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Joel Westerdale teaches the German language at all levels, as well as courses in English and in German on film, literature and culture. These include courses on Weimar cinema, Nazi film, and German-language cinema since 1945; the intersections of literature, science and technology; and evil in modern German thought. In 2011-12, he is co-directing a year-long project on "Evil" at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.
Before earning his doctoral degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Westerdale studied German and philosophy at the Universities of Michigan, Freiburg and Munich, at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at Middlebury College. He has been awarded fellowships by the Whiting and Fulbright Foundations, the Center for European Studies in Cambridge, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is presently completing a book manuscript on the challenges of Nietzsche's aphoristic writing.