• B.A., Kenyon 1986
  • M.A., Bowling Green State 1989
  • Ph.D., University of Mass-Amherst 1995


Areas of Interest

A native of Northern Germany, Herrmann was a student and language assistant at Kenyon College (1985-86), and studied German and English at the Christian-Albrechts Universität in Kiel, Germany (1986-88). Her primary areas of interest are 19th and 20th century German literature, film, cultural studies, and women’s studies.

Courses Taught
  • German Language (all levels)
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Women’s Studies

In her dissertation, Herrman explored the theme of exile in works by Heinrich Heine and Frederic Chopin. She has published articles on German girls and popular teenage magazines and on post-unification German film. Her current research projects include examinations of responses to American popular culture in post-war East/West Germany, filmmaker Doris Dörrie’s cinematic adaptations of her short stories, and issues of memory and textuality in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2006 film The Lives of Others.

Professional Affiliations
  • Modern Language Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Coalition of Women in German