Undergraduate Departmental Majors
Class of 2015
As a student pursuing the track in German Philosophy and Intellectual History, Juan-Jacques Aupiais concentrates on questions relating to the conceptual, sociological, and epistemic boundaries between, and histories of, philosophy, the social sciences, and literature. After writing junior papers on Kant’s anthropology of race and on tradition as a source of truth in the hermeneutics of Heidegger and Gadamer, Juan-Jacques is writing a thesis on translation in Hölderlin’s poetics. Outside of class, he spends time with art and writes for the Nassau Literary Review.
Phil Mooney is a major in German and Politics. He is interested in criminology, especially as it pertains to questions of German guilt, and his independent work has covered the subject in a variety of ways. His first junior paper discussed guilt in novels by Schiller and Kleist, and his second examined Arendt’s treatment of the idea in her controversial text, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Phil’s thesis will similarly look at the treatment and impact of guilt in modern Germany. Phil has spent significant time in Germany: in particular, the department’s Summer Work Program allowed him to enjoy a summer working with organizers at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. In his spare time, Phil runs, sings in an a cappella group, and looks forward to reading for pleasure again when his thesis is complete.
Cody O’Neil is on the German Philosophy and Intellectual History track. With his primary passion being the intersection of philosophy and astronomy, he is also pursuing a certificate in the Planets and Life Program in the Astrophysics Department. Junior research has included Nietzsche’s reception of Herder and the ship as a paradigm for placelessness. His senior thesis is concerned with solar metaphorics in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Having spent a gap year in Austria as an exchange student, he has since traveled to Germany for the Princeton in Munich program and to Berlin for a conference on Cosmos and Contingence. His extracurriculars include acting at Theatre Intime, dancing for Más Flow, and steady stargazing.
Byrd Pinkerton is in the Media and Aesthetics track. Her independent work focuses on phonographic postcards from the Phono-Post archive. She has written about the imagined audience in sound recording, and is working on a thesis about the boundary between public and private space as expressed in these postcards. In her free time, she broadcasts strange audio collages on the Princeton radio station, writes for various campus publications, and is working on a series of children’s books. She lives in Bern, Switzerland.
Gerardo Veltri is a German and English major with a focus on the medieval period and vernacular languages. Travel literature and Arthurian romances have figured prominently in his research, alongside which he reads and compares theories of space. Of particular importance to Gerardo’s practice is Walter Benjamin’s theory of the threshold [die Schwelle] or, to put it succinctly, the intersection of psychological and physical space as they are represented in multi-dimensional boundaries. Outside of the German department, Gerardo is a multi-media artist whose work is in large part influenced by the questions raised in his research. His studio and work are reproduced at www.workandtext.com.
Chantal Yuen is a senior in Princeton’s Department of German. Her interests include German literature and philosophy. She has traveled to Munich with Princeton in Munich and spent a summer in Germany through an internship with Princeton’s German Summer Work Program. She is also studying for a certificate in the Near Eastern Studies department and her independent work has focused on facets of interaction between the Germany and the Middle East.
Class of 2016
Ellie Albarran is a junior 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 junior 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 found his way to the Department of German after taking German 101 in his sophomore year. In the department, he is focusing on Philosophy and Intellectual History and pursuing certificates in French, Values and Public Life and European Cultural Studies. His interests include continental philosophy and the intellectual history of justice and punishment. With the support of the department, he has participated in Princeton in Munich and the German Summer Work Program.
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