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Meike Werner

Associate Professor of German and European Studies
Chair, Department of French & Italian | Director of Graduate Studies, German Studies

Meike Werner is Associate Professor of German and European Studies, Chair of the Department of French & Italian, and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of German, Russian & East European Studies. In 1996, she received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in German at Yale University. After teaching at Brandeis University, she joined Vanderbilt University in 1997.

Werner has published on German literature, print media, intellectual history, and the history of Germanistik from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Her teaching spans from the literature of the Middle Ages to early twentieth century modernism and the late twentieth century (post-wall) literature. She also teaches courses in European Studies and Jewish Studies. With a passion for archives, Werner’s research is often focused on non-canonical forms of writing, and on unpublished letters and diaries. She also teaches archival methods to graduate students, many of whom go on to work in literary archives in Germany and elsewhere.

Werner’s books include Eduard Berend und Heinrich Meyer Briefwechsel, 1938-1972 (2013), Moderne in der Provinz (2003), and special issues for the Germanic Review and Internationale Archiv für die Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (IASL). In addition, she is the co-editor of The Art of Dreams (2016), of German Literature, Jewish Critics: The Brandeis Symposium (2002), of Romantik, Revolution & Reform. Der Eugen Diederichs Verlag im Epochenkontext 1900-1949 (1999), as well as Karl Korsch, Briefe 1908-1939 (2001). She is co-editor of Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (IASL) and of Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur  (STSL) | Studies and Texts on the Social History of Literature (De Gruyter: Berlin, 2017-present).

Werner also co-curated two exhibits in Jena, one commemorating the centenary of the Eugen Diederichs Verlag (1996) and one on Jenas Aufbruch in die Moderne (2003). Currently, she is working on a book, entitled “Young Intellectuals in the Making” and on the critical edition of the correspondence of the Goethe-scholar and public intellectual Wilhelm Flitner. A Founding Member of the American Friends of the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach (AFM), Meike Werner has served as its vice-president since 2009.

Werner is the recipient of a number of awards from, among others, the Thyssen Foundation, the DFG (German Research Foundation), the German American Academic Council (GAAC), the Goethe Institute, the Getty Research Institute, the Institute Vienna Circle and the Max Kade Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Mentoring Award at Vanderbilt University.