Margaret Strair

By appointment


B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Margaret Strair is a PhD Student Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include German Literature of the 18th - Early 20th Century, with a focus on literary representations of sense perception, synesthesia, and  intermediality. She has completed a certificate in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Teaching and Learning and is currently working on graduate certificate in Cinema Studies.

During the 2015/2016 academic year, she co-organized the department's graduate student conference, "The Untimeliness of Media: Intermediality Across Eras in Literature, Culture, and Art. " She has also presented her own work both in the US and abroad. While at Penn, she has taught elementary and intermediate German courses, and assisted with courses inside and outside of the department. In 2018, she was a recipient of the SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student.


Prior to coming to Penn, Margaret majored in Germanic Studies and Philosophy at the University of Chicago, where she wrote a BA thesis examining depictions of uncertainty in selected works by Franz Kafka and Wolfgang Hilbig.  As an undergraduate, she participated in abroad programs at the Freie Universität in Berlin and Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she served as an English Teaching Assistant in Berlin through the Fulbright Program and enrolled in classes at the Humboldt Universität Berlin.

Research Interests

18th- Early 20th Century Literature, Aesthetics, Literature and Philosophy around 1800, Intermediality

Courses Taught

Taught: German 101, German 102, German 103, German for Reading Knowledge; Assisted: Freud (Spring 2017) , World Film History: 1945-Present (Fall 2017), World Film History to 1945 (Spring 2018)