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Karina Duncker-Hoffmann

PhD Candidate

Germanic Studies


Building & Room:

1510 UH


601 S. Morgan St.


Areas of Interest: 19th Century Literature, Second Language Acquisition, Culture in Second Language Teaching

I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Germanic Studies and the 2023-2024 recipient of the Max-Kade Fellowship. The topic of my dissertation is der Hausfreund in the literature of Poetic Realism in Germany. I am fascinated by the way this concept transformed in the modern period, in particular over the course of the nineteenth century.

I earned a B.A. equivalent and M.A. equivalent in Teaching of Foreign Languages from the University of Hamburg in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany, where I also completed my Referendariat (student teaching and certification). After several years of teaching high school and running a corporate language program, I moved to Japan with my family, where I taught German and EFL at the German School of Tokyo-Yokohama as well as corporate language courses for BMW and Honda. We subsequently moved to Italy, where I taught at the German School of Milan.

Since relocating to the Chicago area in 2007, I have taught all levels of German and ESL at North Central College in Naperville and at Loyola University, Chicago.

I am currently on the editorial board for Unterrichtspraxis, have been on the board of the Northern Illinois chapter of the AATG since 2016, and have represented my department on the Graduate Student Council over the past three years.

When I am not teaching, reading, or writing, I love doing Pilates and cooking for and with friends and family.