Chair of Department, Professor of German; affiliated with the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program; affiliated with the Center for Gender in Global Context
Ph.D., Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota
M.A., Modern European History, University of California - Los Angeles
B.A., Indiana University.
B-302 Wells Hall
Sonja Fritzsche's research focuses on (East) German literature and film, Heimat discourse, ecotopia, and science fiction. She is the editor of the new book series World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang. Her publications include: The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, editor (Liverpool University Press, 2014), Science Fiction Literature in East Germany (Peter Lang, 2006); articles in the German Quarterly, German Politics & Society, German Studies Review, Women in German Yearbook, Film & History, Extrapolation, Utopian Studies and Filmforum. She has received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright, among others. She served as the 2015 President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). She is also on the editorial advisory boards of Extrapolation and the Brazilian science fiction journal Zanzalá. See her talk about German science fiction and her interview with Europa SF. She has taught all levels of German language as well as upper division courses in 20th and 21st century German literature and film, German for Human Rights, and German Business Culture. She also has taught courses in English on German and Russian utopia/science fiction, Central European Women's writing, and German cinema. She recently taught a course for the Freie Universität Berlin internationale Sommerschule (FUBiS) 2015 entitled “Filming Berlin – Berlin and Film: Genre, History, Form, and Style.”