Alumni Profiles

Princeton undergraduates who majored in German have gone on to pursue a wide variety of extremely interesting and highly successful professional careers. The following series of selected profiles, which will be changed on a regular basis, is meant to convey the incredible range of options to which our major can open the door. Suggestions for other departmental majors who deserve to be profiled here are most welcome: please send them to our webmaster by clicking here.

Elissa Frankle, Class of 2008
Social Media Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Washington DC

Senior Thesis Topic: “Ihre Wege als Deutsche und Juden”: Constructions of Identity in Jewish Museums in Bavaria

After graduating from Princeton, I interned for a year with the Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Inspired by the work of the museum, I enrolled in the Museum Education master’s program at The George Washington University, and received my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2010. I then returned to the Holocaust Museum—following a series of short-term museum jobs around DC, including being a counselor for Spy Camp at the International Spy Museum!—where I worked with law enforcement officers on ethical leadership training, coordinated a Holocaust survivor speaker series, and trained docents to tour the Museum’s exhibitions. Today, I am the social media manager for the museum; outside of my job, I sing with the National Philharmonic Chorale, and am generally loving my life in the capital.

Jacob Loewenstein, Class of 2011
Account Manager, BuzzFeed: New York City

Senior Thesis Topic: Integrist State Support of the Culture Industry from UFA to Media: Televisual Policy to Resist Americanization

Upon graduating, I joined Bridgewater Associates, a large East Coast hedge fund, as a Management Associate. My job was to partner with senior leaders to shape the company’s business operations. Thanks to some incredible mentorship there, I came to realize that what I was truly passionate about was media. Ever since my first media theory seminar with Thomas Levin, I’ve spent my idle moments thinking about how we record, consume and share information. So, I joined the social news and entertainment website BuzzFeed as an Account Manager, where I work with clients, advertising agencies, and our immensely talented Creative, Ad Operations, and Tech teams to tell brands’ stories in the form of shareable content. In doing so, we’re radically changing how brands and potential customers interact. In my role, I’m confronted with new and interesting challenges every day; thankfully the German department taught me how to think critically and break down complexity. It’s the skill I use most.

Timothy Nunan, Class of 2008
Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies: Cambridge, MA

Senior Thesis Topic: Leopold Schwarzschild, Das Neue Tagebuch, and Anti-Totalitarianism in Interwar Europe, 1933-1941

I’m currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (a center that supports historical, anthropological, sociological, and political research on the non-Western world), where I’m revising a book manuscript tentatively titled Humanitarian Invasion: Development and State Destruction in Cold War Afghanistan. After graduating from Princeton, I went to Germany on a Fulbright. While there, I received the Rhodes scholarship, which took me to Oxford for a D.Phil. program in history. Next year I’ll be back in Germany, as a visiting fellow of the Zentralasien-Seminar at the Humboldt University in Berlin, conducting archival research for a second book project on the interwar history of Persianate Asia (roughly Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan & Tajikistan). The direction of my recent research might seem unexpected for a German major, but when I reflect on my time at Princeton, I think the intellectual training I received in the German Department prepared me particularly well even for directions not specifically Germanic. Professors like Nikolaus Wegmann, Michael Jennings, Tom Levin, and Devin Fore—even if they were working on topics distant from my own obsessions—all provided models of what it means to be an engaged teacher and scholar.

Emily Stolzenberg, Class of 2007
Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: New York City

Senior Thesis Topic: “Der Sinn von Politik ist Freiheit”: Conceptions of Politics and Freedom in Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt

My focus as a German major was in politics and political theory, and when I graduated in 2007, I received a Sachs scholarship to read for an MPhil in Political Theory at Oxford. I then went on to Yale Law School with the intention of working on areas of the law that influence women’s issues. This led me to family law and an interest in how the law treats children. After law school I spent a year as a Legal Fellow at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since the fall of 2013, I have been clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable Robert D. Sack. Clerking is the best legal job around: it allows me to think deeply about the law all day, and in that sense is not unlike academia, but with a more practical thrust. After my clerkship, I will be practicing family law at a firm in Washington, DC, in order to hone my legal skills. My long-term goal is to work for social justice for women and children on one or more of the many issues about which I’m passionate, whether through government, a legal aid organization, a non-profit, or a private firm.

Stephen Stolzenberg, Class of 2013
English teacher, Princeton in Asia: Thailand

Senior Thesis Topic: The Terror Attack as Medium And Its Representations through Film

Three days after graduating from Princeton, I moved to southern Thailand to teach English in a government school through the Princeton in Asia program. I’ve tried lots of interesting foods, survived the Thai protests, come to love motorbiking, and had a lot of opportunities to travel solo around Asia. I’m currently in Myanmar and will be going to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I’ve been through Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore already and have been blogging about my adventures the entire time. My German skills have proved very useful over the course of my travels as a way to meet other tourists and share costs: Germans travel a lot and tend to be lots of fun to hang out with!