Marissa joined the German Ph.D. program in the fall of 2019. She received her B.A. in German Language and Literature in 2018 from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN). During the 2018-19 academic year she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Gemeinschaftsschule Bruchwiese in Saarbrücken, Germany. Her research interests include music, literary theory, and issues of identity in German literature and film.