Sibel Sayılı-Hurley

Lecturer in Foreign Languages

751 Williams Hall
Tuesdays 12:00 - 2:00 pm, and by appointment


Ph.D., Purdue University



Sibel Sayılı-Hurley is Lecturer of Foreign Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature at Purdue University with a focus on Literary Theory, German Romanticism, and Victorian literature. She has taught a wide variety of courses in German language and literature and Comparative literature.

Sibel is the co-author with Claudia Baska Lynn of a content-based, intermediate German textbook, Bewegungen, currently piloted at the University of Pennsylvania, which won the Language Teaching Innovation Grant in 2016. In April 2018, Sibel and Claudia Baska Lynn have been awarded The Sachs Program For Arts Innovation Grant for their project Language, Culture and Contemporary Art ( Sibel will be an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities for 2018-2019.

Sibel has given invited lectures and workshops at various institutions and has been a presenter at national and international conferences, such as the International Conference on Romanticism, the Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, and the German Studies Association Conference.


Research Interests

German Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Second language acquisition