Faculty Bio

Karin Maxey

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

Karin Maxey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of German Studies and has taught at Vassar since Fall 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on second language reading development in beginning German students in 2014. In 2010, she received her M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote a thesis on memory and nostalgia in Irmgard Keun's 1932 novel Das kunstseidene Mädchen (The Fake Silk Girl). She also holds a B.A. in German and music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and worked for a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Fridtjof-Nansen-Realschule in Kamen, Germany. Her current research focuses on reading comprehension development and attitudes toward cultural learning in college-age beginning German students.