Sandra Singer

Professor of German
Modern Languages
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Perlman Hall, Room 206
Mon: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue: 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • PhD: German, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
  • MA: German, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986
  • BA: German, Michigan State University, 1983

Courses Taught

  • Elementary German and Latin
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Ancient Mediterranean History
  • German History
  • Women's History

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Adventures Abroad: North American Women at German-speaking Universities, 1868-1915 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003).
  • Free Soul, Free Woman? A Study of Selected Fictional Works by Hedwig Dohm, Isolde Kurz and Helene Böhlau (New York: Peter Lang, 1995).
  • Sag Mal, a beginning German textbook (Vista Higher Learning, 2013): pronunciation sections for twelve chapters
  • Denk Mal, an intermediate German textbook (Vista Higher Learning, 2011): on-line teaching suggestions for six chapters
  • Rev. of Rowold, Katharina. The Educated Woman: Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865 - 1914 (NY: Routledge, 2010). Review for the German Studies Review 35.1 (2012): 169-171.
  • Rev. of Lühe, Irmela von der, and Claus-Dieter Krohn, Eds. Fremdes Heimatland. Remigration und literarisches Leben nach 1945. German Studies Review (May 2007): 443.
  • “Isolde Kurz: Die Humanisten (1890).” Lexikon deutschsprachiger Epik und Dramatik von Autorinnen, 1730-1900. Eds. Gudrun Loster-Schneider and Gaby Pailer. (Tübingen: Francke, 2006): 248-249.
  • “Isolde Kurz: Werthers Grab (1900).” Lexikon deutschsprachiger Epik und Dramatik von Autorinnen, 1730-1900. Eds. Gudrun Loster-Schneider and Gaby Pailer. (Tübingen: Francke, 2006): 249-251.
  • “Die ersten Nordamerikanerinnen an der Universität Zürich, 1868-1915.” Zürcher Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 2006. Ed. Otto Sigg. (Zürich: Buchdruckerei an der Sihl AG, 2005): 465-480.
  • “Göttingen: the University Town and its Influence on the United States.” Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. Ed. Tomas Adam. Vol. 2. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO, 2005): 459-460.
  • “Mutter des Vaterlands, Tochter der Lilith: Isolde Kurz (1853-1944)." Deutschsprachige Schriftstellerinnen des Fin de siecle. Ed. Karin Tebbin. (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1999): 216-233.
  • “Those Great German-Speaking Universities and How to Get There: Funding for American Women to Study Abroad, 1888-1915.” American Historical Association. Jan. 3 – 6, 2008. Washington, D.C.
  • "American Women at German Universities: What a Difference a Year or Two Can Make." German Studies Association. Sept. 28- Oct. 1, 2006. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “On transcending Sex and Sexuality: Women’s Emancipation in Rosa Mayreder’s 'Zur Kritik der Weiblichkeit' and Hedwig Dohn’s 'Die Antifeministen.'” Modern Language Association. Dec. 27-30, 1993. Toronto, Ontario.
  • “The Lure of Buddha and Blavasky: eastern Mysticism in Hedwig Dohm’s 'Schicksale einer Seele' and Helene Bohlau’s 'Halbtier'!” German Studies Association. Oct. 7-10, 1993. Washington D.C.


Abigail Allen Award (for contributions to Women's and Gender Studies), Alfred University, 2010
Excellence in Teaching Award, Alfred University, 2010
Alfred University, NEH Research Grants, Summer 1998, 1999 and 2005
Summer Research Grant, Alfred University, Alfred, NY 1995
Member of Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Phi Alpha (German), and Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Languages)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG),
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL),
  • German Studies Association (GSA),
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA),
  • Women in German (WIG),

Professional Experience

Chair of the Division of Modern Languages

Organizer of the Women's and Gender Studies Roundtables

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