Bridget Swanson


B.A., University of Miami, M.A. University of Pennsylvania

Bridget Swanson is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn. She holds a B.A. in German and English Literatures from the University of Miami, and a M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include film studies and foreign language pedagogy, and she is currently completing her dissertation, entitled "Twenty-First-Century German Film, Education, and the Development of a Transnational Adaptation Aesthetic."

In addition to her dissertation research, Bridget is co-author of Augenblicke: German through Film, Media, and Texts, currently in use at five universities nationwide. She regularly presents her research on the intersection of film and foreign language pedagogy at conferences nationwide.

During her time at Penn, Bridget has individually taught introductory and intermediate German courses. She has also team taught Adaptation Studies with Prof. Timothy Corrigan and a graduate Teaching Methodology course with Dr. Christina Frei. In Fall 2016, she teaches and works as Language Coordinator for Introductory German and serves as a TA for the course World Film History: 1945 - present.

A dedicated instructor, Bridget received the SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student in Spring 2013.  Her commitment to education, however, spans beyond the undergraduate classroom. In Fall 2010, Fall 2011, and Fall 2015, she participated in UPenn's Foreign Language Fellows Training, and plans to continue facilitating Foreign Language Fellows in upcoming summers. As a Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence with the Center of Teaching and Learning during the 2013 - 2014 academic year, she organized monthly workshops on pedagogical practices and met with graduate student teachers to foster productive conversations about their own teaching methods. 

Research Interests

Film Studies, Adaptation Studies
Foreign Language Pedagogy, Curricular Design