Visiting Students

Students attending and visiting for the 2016-2017 academic year:



Rafael Dernbach

Rafael Dernbach

Rafael Dernbach is a PhD candidate and Gates Scholar at the Department of German and Dutch at University of Cambridge. He joined the German Department at Princeton as Visiting Student Research Collaborator in fall 2016. In 2014, he received his MPhil in Screen and Media Studies from University of Cambridge after studying at Freie Universität Berlin, University of California, San Diego and University College Maastricht. His research interests are in documentary theory, media theory and visual anthropology. At Princeton he works on a dissertation on an aesthetics of anticipation in contemporary audio-visual art with particular focus on works by Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl and Neil Beloufa.


Ana-Gabriela

Ana-Gabriela


Ana Gabriela Dickstein Roiffe is a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton’s German Department, granted by Fulbright Commission, from September 2016 to May 2017. She received her M.A. in Social Sciences (concentration in Anthropology of Arts), from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature, Culture and Contemporaneity at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Her research interests are the relationships between new sceneries of writing and contemporary art.


Jan Lietz

Jan Lietz


Jan Lietz is a PhD-Candidate at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at Free University Berlin and joined the Princeton German Department as a Visiting Student Research Collaborator for the fall term 2016. He studied Comparative Literature and Theater Studies at Free University Berlin and Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis, receiving his M.A. degree from the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature with a thesis on the politics of the notion of ‘narration’ vis-à-vis the contemporary discourse on the (lack of) European unity. His dissertation project interrogates the notion of ‘Haltung’ [attitude/composure/posture/bearing] in the German (post-)marxist discussion on literary realism (Lukács, Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno) and it’s poetological value in the writings of Alexander Kluge und Rainald Goetz.


Georg Simmerl

Georg Simmerl

Georg Simmerl is a PhD candidate at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt University Berlin and joins Princeton’s German Department for the fall semester as a visiting graduate student (Humboldt-Princeton-Exchange). After studying Social Science, Media Science and Law in Berlin, Copenhagen and Regensburg, he worked as a research fellow at WZB Berlin and at Humboldt University’s Department of Social Science. In his PhD project, Georg researches the history of the discourse on transnational economic crises in the German public (1873 – 1973). Drawing on Foucault, Koselleck and Nietzsche, he inquires into the genealogy of governmental rationalities and forms of critique as constitutive adversaries of a crisis discourse.


Katharina Warda

Katharina Warda is a PhD candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at Free University Berlin. Before, she graduated with a Magistra degree in sociology, literary studies and communication at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where she was also an assistant to Prof Hartmut Rosa. Katharina also holds a master’s degree in African Studies from Dalarna University in Sweden. At Princeton, she visiting graduate student through the Humboldt-Princeton-Exchange. Under the supervision of Prof Joseph Vogl, Katharina works towards a PhD on blogs as digital diaries with a particular focus on politcal counter-narratives and economies of individualization. She also works as a freelance journalist and wrote a weekly column for the blog of Vogue Germany.

heng Wei

Wei Zheng

Zheng Wei entered Princeton’s German Department as a visiting student research collaborator in autumn 2015 with the support of China Scholarship Council. Before coming to Princeton, she was a first-year Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Nankai University. In 2014, she completed an M.A. in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Tianjin Normal University. Her research interests include modernist literature, and in particular on the twentieth-century authors Franz Kafka and Robert Musil.