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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