Undergraduate Departmental Majors
Class of 2017
Spencer Hadley is a junior in the German Department intrigued by the intersections of literature, art, philosophy and life. Current areas of interest include German literature of the modern period (especially Kafka, Mann and Hesse), intellectual history, aesthetic theory, and philosophy (especially Nietzsche and Schopenhauer). Outside of his academic endeavors, Spencer is a passionate trumpeter, improvisor and composer of jazz and other forms of creative music. He performs frequently on and off Princeton’s campus with such groups as the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective, and Cactus Karma, of which he is a founding member.
Sang Lee is a junior in the German Department. His interests include the philosophical, theological, political, and historical developments that coincide in German romanticism and idealism, the social and cultural critiques of the Frankfurt School, hermeneutics, and European art and literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Thanks to the Department’s support, he has participated in Princeton in Munich and a summer internship at Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer. In his free time, Sang likes to break out of the Princeton bubble, hoard used books from Labyrinth, and learn famous German and Italian arias.
Class of 2018
Allison S. Fleming is a sophomore in the German Department pursuing certificates in European Cultural Studies and Humanistic Studies. Her interests in German cover a wide range, including philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis, media theory, and romanticism. She plans to pursue a career in law or government after Princeton and sees the history of Germany as a fascinating socio-legal case study. Allison works as a research assistant in the department. Outside of the German Department she is involved with Princeton College Democrats, Chapel Choir, served a one year term as a student member on the Faculty-Student Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Rights and Rules Committee. Additionally, she tutors students at local prisons through the Petey Greene program.
Alexander L. W. Robinson is a sophomore in the German Department whose interdisciplinary academic interests range from museology (in particular, the restoration and presentation of Medieval works) and 20th century literature to the societal role of Neoclassical architecture and contemporary art. He aims to inform his independent work by pursuing a deeper understanding of German media and aesthetics via their comparitive analysis with Portuguese cultural traditions. With the support of the Department, he has participated in Princeton in Munich; secured a legal internship through the German Summer Work Program; and studied abroad at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin via the Berlin Consortium for German Studies. On campus, Alexander sings Tenor 2 with Princeton’s signature all-male a cappella group, the Tigertones.