Undergraduate Departmental Majors
Class of 2016
Ellie Albarran is a senior in the German Department pursuing certificates in European Cultural Studies and the Teacher Preparation Program. Her academic interests span a range of topics including conceptions of the body in literary and performative works, history and applications of psychoanalysis, gender studies, and linguistics. Outside of East Pyne she dances and choreographs for various student groups on campus, participates in outdoor activities and trips, and manages a student-run organic vegetable garden.
Colby Morris is a senior in the German Department pursuing certificates in European Cultural Studies and Contemporary European Politics & Society. He is most interested in aesthetic and cultural theory, particular with regard to Berlin at the time of the Weimar Republic and turn-of-the-century in Vienna. He is currently spending the 2014-15 Academic Year in Berlin as part of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, where he enjoys discovering obscure German bookstores, finding the best currywurst stands, and taking part in the German techno scene.
Andrew Nelson studies philosophy and literature in Princeton’s Department of German and is pursuing certificates in French Language and Culture, European Cultural Studies, and Values and Public Life. He is interested in how humanistic thought bears upon public life and public values, with particular attention to law and literature, justice and correctional systems, child and youth development, and music and theater. Elsewhere on campus, he serves as an RCA in Forbes College, a fellow with the Princeton Writing Program, and a strategic learning consultant at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. With the support of the department, he studied German language in Munich and held internships in Wiesbaden and Berlin.
T.J. Smith is a major in German pursuing a possible certificate in Creative Writing. His areas of interest include media theory, poetry, theater in the 19th and 20th centuries, and aesthetic responses to media-technological developments. Major experiences with the department have included a Summer Work Program internship at the Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft of Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main and a junior paper on Heiner Müller’s use of Shakespearean source material. Outside of his studies, he is involved with Lobster Club Improvisational Comedy, the Princeton Shakespeare Company, the International Relations Council, and WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM
Richard Tuckwell Class of 2016
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.
Whitney Sha is a junior in the German Department concentrating in Philosophy and Intellectual History and pursuing a certificate in Humanistic Studies. Her interests include philosophy (especially classical philosophy and the philosophy of language), medieval studies, and the history of ideas. In her free time she enjoys sipping lattes at Small World Coffee and playing Journey covers on the piano.
Class of 2018
Allison S. Fleming
Alexander L. Robinson is a sophomore in the German Department whose interests lie at the intersection of 20th century German and Portuguese literature. He aims to inform his independent work by pursuing a deeper understanding of these distinct literary traditions via their analysis in a comparative context. With the support of the Department, he has participated in Princeton in Munich; secured an internship through the German Summer Work Program; and is currently studying abroad via the Berlin Consortium for German Studies. On campus, Alexander sings Tenor 2 with Princeton’s signature all-male a cappella group, the Tigertones.