Jaclyn Kurash

  • Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Before coming to Pitt, Dr. Kurash taught courses in German language, literature, and culture at the College of Wooster, Allegheny College, the University of Maryland, and the Ohio State University. Put broadly, her research interests include 19th and 20th century German literature, film, and visual culture, as well as cultural studies and women’s studies approaches to reading media. She specializes in topics concerning women’s engagement with technology, women’s work, and the cultural influence of communication media. In her dissertation, she explored mass-media images of the female typist and typewriter in German literature, advertising, and film of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). 

Education & Training

  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • MA, University of Maryland, 2005
  • BA, Allegheny College, 2001

Research Interests

German Week  


In 2015, Germany welcomed over one million migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. In response to this wave of newcomers, the German government and the German people launched humanitarian efforts to provide accommodations and begin the process of integration. In order to highlight these efforts, as well as the history of immigration to Germany since the postwar era, the German Department at the University of Pittsburgh, with generous funding from the German Information Center, USA at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, implemented an event series held in October 2016 focused on the topic: “Migration, Integration, and the Refugee Crisis.” The events included two film screenings, a roundtable discussion, a keynote talk by invited speaker Dr. Kathrin Bower (University of Richmond), and a Poster Presentation Competition, in which beginner and intermediate level German students presented their projects.