After studying German and Chemistry at Washington & Jefferson College, Kaleigh joined the department at Vanderbilt in the Fall of 2011. During her time as undergraduate, she studied abroad at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich from 2007-08 and upon graduation in 2009, she moved to Innsbruck on an Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Grant.
In 2012 she presented at a conference at Columbia University entitled the “Future of Philology” on the evolving role of the editor in the twentieth century—a topic that continues to pique her curiosity. Most recently she completed her MA on the utilization of Walter Benjamin’s aesthetic theory in work of W.G. Sebald and spent the Sommersemester of 2013 at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Her research interests also include women writers, feminist theory, the relationship between philosophy and literature, intertextuality and foreign language pedagogy.