Karolin Machtans

Karolin Machtans

Associate Professor of German Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

M.A., Ph.D., University of Hamburg


20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism

Post-1945 German history and culture

German-Turkish relations

Muslims in Germany

Minorities in Germany

Holocaust studies

Literary theory

Karolin Machtans's main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations; Muslims in Germany; minorities in Germany; Holocaust studies and literary theory.

She is also very interested in interdisciplinary approaches to urban space, photography and environmentalism as well as in foreign language teaching methodology.

Before joining Connecticut College, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge and an Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University.

Her first book, Zwischen Wissenschaft und autobiographischem Text: Saul Friedländer und Ruth Klüger, was published by Niemeyer (Conditio Judaica) in 2009. 

She is the coeditor of a volume on the representation of Hitler in German film (published in 2012) and is currently working on a book-length study on the representation of Istanbul and 'Asia' in German-language literature and film.

She is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Holocaust and migration studies and is currently editing a volume on Iranian-German literature and film as well as a volume on Iranian-German author Navid Kermani.

Visit the German Studies website.

Majoring in German Studies.

Majoring in Global Islamic Studies.


Contact Karolin Machtans

Mailing Address

Karolin Machtans
Connecticut College
Box # GERMAN STUDIES/Blaustein Humanities Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


307 Blaustein Humanities Center