Lisabeth Hock

Lisabeth Hock

Associate Professor of German
Director of the German Undergraduate Program


313-577-6243 (fax)

457 Manoogian Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Lisabeth Hock

Lisabeth Hock is Associate Professor of German in the Department of Classical and Modern Languges, Literatures, and Cultures and Director of the Undergraduate German Program. She has also designed humanities-based courses for and taught in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Global Studies. Her current research focuses on Women Writers and the Discourse of Melancholy in the 19th Century. She has published a monograph on the German writer Bettina von Arnim as well as articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. More information can be found on her website:


Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • German Women Writers and the Discourse of Melancholy

  • Bettina von Arnim

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Current Book Project: Fruits of the Void: German Women and Melancholy

Currently Co-curating, with Nicole Coleman, an issue of the journal Unterrichtspracis called "German Studies Go Global"

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1998
  • M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1991
  • B.A., with distinction University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, 1987

Awards and Grants

    • NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Faculty Mentoring Fellow, 2015-16, $2500
    • Women in German Prize for the Best Article of 2011 for "The Gender of Melancholy in Nineteenth-Century German Psychiatry.” The History of Psychiatry. 22.4 (December 2011): 449-465. Awarded at the annual conference of the coalition of Women in German in October 2012.
    • The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2008


Selected Publications

• Article together with Layla Saatchi: “Crossing Borders, Crossing Disciplines. Ali and Nino in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom.” Approaches to Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino. Ed. Carl Niekerk and Cori Crane. Camden House. Forthcoming 2017
.• “Evolutionary Theory and the Female Scientist in Wilhelmine von Hillern’s Ein Arzt der Seele (1869). The German Studies Review 37.3 (October 2014): 507-527.
• “A Provocation to Listen to and Give Voice to Difference.” The Women in German Yearbook 30 (2014): 175-185.
• “The Gender of Melancholy in Nineteenth-Century German Psychiatry.” The History of Psychiatry. 22.4 (December 2011) 449-465.

Currently Teaching



  • GLS 2700,  Introduction to Global Stories



    • GER 3200, Contemporary Identities.



Courses taught

Courses Taught at Wayne State University

1. Undergraduate

A. German Courses taught in German

  • German 1010, Beginning German I, 4 cr (W06, F07, W08, F10, F11)
  • German 1020, Beginning German II, 4cr  (F08, So11, W12)
  • German 2010, Intermediate German I, 4cr  (W09, F10)
  • German 2020, Intermediate German II 4cr (F01, W02, F02, W03, W04, W05, F05, W06, F07, F09, F13, F14, F15, F16, F17)
  • German 3100, Intermediate Composition and Conversation I, 3cr  (F01, F02, F04)
  • German 3200, Intermediate Composition and Conversation II, 3cr  (W03, W04, W05, W06, W07, W08, W12, W13, W14, W15, W19)

B. Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

  • WS 2500, Humanities Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Women, 3cr (New Course: F12 (as 2700), W14, W15)

C. Global Studies

  • GLS 2700, Introduction to Global Stories, 3cr  (New Course: F16, W17, F18)
  • GLS 2700, Introduction to Global Stories, 3 cr, (Online version: W19)

2. Graduate

A. German Graduate Courses (also open to advanced undergraduates, for whom I always make accommodations)

  • Looking Back at East Germany (F18)
  • East German Literature and Film, 3cr (New Course: F09, F17)
  • The German Novella and its Adaptations, 3cr (F15)
  • Minority Literatures and Cultures, 3cr  (F14)
  • Nineteenth-Century German Studies, 3cr  (F13)
  • Literary Representations of Encounters Between East and West, 3cr (F11)
  • German Women Writers, 3cr (New Course: W11)
  • Critical Approaches to German Studies, 3cr (F08)
  • Literature and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century, 3cr (W05, W08)
  • •German 4600, Topic: Illness and Society, 3cr (W04, F04)
  • The German Family in the Nineteenth Century, 3cr (W02)

B. Language Learning

  • Foreign Language Instruction