Andrea K Zach

Andrea K Zach

Andrea K Zach

Assistant Professor

Political economy, German contemporary films, critical theory, immigration, theories of nationalism & citizenship.

Andrea Zach is a native German and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. Dr. Zach is a Term Assistant Professor of German and also teaches for George Mason University Korea. Her research interests include political economy, German contemporary films and critical theory.

She teaches FRLN 330: German Medieval Civilization, Literature and Culture this summer. The course introduces central medieval concepts with a specific focus on love in courtly and religious literature. It explores these concepts by examining Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan and Hildegard of Bingen’s Selected Writings. These texts afford students an excellent window on the historical and cultural factors that shaped the era. They serve as case studies to discuss the human need to bond with others and God, physically and spiritually, by the means of love. The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examining German civilization and culture. Engaging with and analyzing multiple genres of literature and films, students will investigate the genesis of the political, social, aesthetic, and philosophical foundations of Medieval Europe.

The course fulfills the Gen. Ed. Requirement in literature.

Selected Publications

"Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin: The Spectacular [A]ffect of Vergangenheitsbewältigung." International Journal of Zizek Studies 6, no. 2 (2012).

Courses Taught

FRLN 330: Topics in World Literature: The Magic Mountain

GERM 365: Reading Narrative Prose

GERM 340: (Post)Memories: Transnational & Transcultural Imaginations in Literature and Film after the Wende

GERM 250: Gateway to Advanced German

GERM 210: Intermediate German

GERM 201: Intermediate German I

GERM 202: Intermediate German II

GERM 110: Elementary German

INYO 106: Research Methods for International Students

INYO 105: American Cultures (in-class and online)

PROV 504: Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Studies

PROV 502: Introduction to Graduate Studies I

BIS 491: Senior Project Presentation

BIS 390: The Research Process

CULT 320: Globalization and Culture

GLOA 101: Introduction to Global Affairs


Ph.D. Cultural Studies, George Mason University, 2017

M.A. Sociology, George Mason University, 2012

B.A. Liberal Studies, Marymount University, 2007

Recent Presentations

"Subsidiarity: A Strategic Umfunktionierung of the 'national' film." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Tulane University, LO, June 2019.

"The German idea heimat and the 'policing of crisis' in Germany/Europe." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Villanova, PA, June 2016.