A PhD student in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Kimberly developed a passion for learning German as an undergraduate, which continues to grow and evolve through her teaching. In addition to working with language, Kimberly enjoys using literature as a lens for learning about identities and experiences in the German-speaking world, both at present and in the somewhat recent past.
Kimberly is currently interested in and working with representations of family in literature of the late 19th century. She is interested in the "decline of the family" toward the turn of the century and is curious about how literature portrays individuals as part of a familial constellation. She is also interested in how societal and behavioral norms are presented in literature, particularly through examples of non-adherence to prescribed possibilities.