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Karin Baumgartner

Title: Professor
College: Humanities
School / Department: World Languages and Cultures
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Professor Baumgartner received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in German literature and Women's Studies. From 1999-2005, she was Assistant Professor of German at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She spent the academic year 2005-2006 in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2006, she came to the University of Utah where she teaches German language and literature and comparative literature (e.g. From Grimm to Disney). Professor Baumgartner is the author of the monograph Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué (2009). She has written numerous articles on the literature of the early 19th century in particular on the Napoleonic Wars, German national identity, female education in the 19th century, family relations, flânerie, fashion, and travel literature. She has co-edited a book on teaching Modern Switzerland (From Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland, 2010) and written articles on teaching Switzerland. She frequently gives workshops on teaching Switzerland nationally and here in Utah. Currently Professor Baumgartner is writing the monograph Mapping the Nation: German Travel Guides, 1789 to 1871, a study that investigates how early German travel guides shaped the discourses of national identity in the German-speaking countries. Together with Professor Shafi (University of Delaware), Professor Baumgartner is editing the volume Anxious Journeys: Contemporary German Travel Writing that will appear with Camden House Press in 2018. Professor Baumgartner has won numerous awards and fellowships including a NEH summer fellowship, a year-long Fulbright fellowship, and a DAAD summer fellowship. She has received the best article award twice: once in 2006 and again in 2013. Professor Baumgartner has been honored with the Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture (2017), the highest honor for teachers of foreign languages. Professor Baumgartner is a native of Switzerland and appreciates the Wasatch Mountains in summer for hiking and in winter for skiing.