University of Wisconsin–Madison

CGES Faculty

Director, Center for German and European Studies

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Pamela M. Potter is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and also holds an appointment in the School of Music. In addition to her formal education, she pursued post-graduate study in Berlin at the Free University and Hochschule der Künste, and she taught at Stanford University and at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign before coming to Madison and has been a vsiting professor at the University of Chicago. She has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has conducted research throughout Germany, in Vienna, and in Tel Aviv.

Her research and teaching interests have concentrated on relating music, the arts, and the writing of cultural history to ideological, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing twentieth-century Germany, Jewish music, and the cultural and intellectual impact of German emigration. Her articles cover such topics as defining “Nazi music”; music and German national identity; musical life in Berlin; musicological propaganda during World War II; Richard Strauss and the Third Reich; political appropriations of Handel, Bach, and Wagner; anti-Semitism in German universities before Hitler; the emigration of German musicologists to the United States; the German influence on American music during the Cold War; and the historiography of the arts in Nazi Germany. She has served on the board of directors of the American Musicological Society; served on and chaired committees for the German Studies Association; was on the original editorial board of H-German, an internet discussion list on German history; and was Review Editor for the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Potter is the author of Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (Weimar and Now Series, University of California Press, 2016) and Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler’s Reich (Yale University Press, 1998; translated into German in 2000 and Portuguese in 2015, and forthcoming in Chinese). She is also co-editor with Celia Applegate of Music and German National Identity (University of Chicago Press, 2002). Previous honors include the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society, and the Vilas Associate Award, the Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and the Kellett Mid-Career Award from the University of Wisconsin.

CGES Research Faculty

THEME ONE: Public Environmental Humanities

Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice.

William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.

Elizabeth Hennessy is a historical geographer with research and teaching interests in global environmental history, animal studies, histories of science and conservation, and the political economy of development. Her work uses mixed archival and ethnographic methods to engage with interdisciplinary traditions that cross history, geography, and science and technology studies.

Lynn Keller is the Martha Meier Renk-Bascom Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has taught in the English department for more than thirty years. Long concerned with environmental issues, Keller became deeply involved in prairie restoration and forest management, land stewardship, and organic vegetable gardening in 2005. Wanting to connect this part of her life to her scholarship, Keller began to study ecocriticism and to teach courses with an environmental focus.


THEME TWO: The German Language and Migration in the 21st Century

Mark Louden is the Jacob and Wilhelm Prize winner from the German Academic Exchange Service. His professional work is centered on the history and contemporary situation of Pennsylvania Dutch and its speakers. His book, Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language, appeared in January 2016 with the Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to his research on Pennsylvania Dutch, in conjunction with his affiliation with the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, he is involved in a number of public outreach activities related to the language, faith, and culture of the main speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch today, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.

Weijia Li primarily focuses on German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history. In 2010, he published a monograph on Anna Seghers, a famous German writer and her encounter with China. He is currently working on a new book project on German and Yiddish writings on China by European Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. Alongside research and teaching in the field of German Studies, he also serves as the Director of Global Higher Education MS Program at Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. He teaches graduate seminars on globalization and internationalization of higher education, leadership and management in international education programs and services.


THEME THREE: U.S./EU Comparative Law Studies

Heinz Klug is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle, spent 11 years in exile and returned to South Africa in 1990 as a member of the ANC Land Commission and researcher for Zola Skweyiya, chairperson of the ANC Constitutional Committee. He has taught at Wisconsin since September 1996. His current teaching areas include Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Property, and Natural Resources Law.

Steve Barkan came to the UW Law School as the director of the Law Library in 1995. In addition to administering the Law Library, Professor Barkan teaches Torts I and Torts II.  In 2015, he received the Outstanding Classroom Teacher of the Year award from the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association.  He is the director of the Law School’s summer study abroad program in Giessen, Germany, and he directs the Law School’s student and faculty exchange program with the University of Giessen.  Professor Barkan is the chair of the Board of Bar Examiners of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


THEME FOUR: Studies in Early German Phonographic Recordings of African Music

Ronald Radano is an ethnomusicologist with a special interest in the history of US Black music and its transnational circulation. He approaches his subject through the interpretive mechanisms of social and cultural theory and history, giving particular emphasis to the ideological formation of race. He teaches seminars and courses on a variety of topics, including ethnomusicological history and theory, global jazz, and the cultural study of music.

Tejumola Olaniyan is the Louise Durham Mead professor of English, and African languages, and literature, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Olaniyan’s main interests are: Africa and its diaspora, African American, Caribbean, and African literatures, criticisms, post-cultural studies, history, theory, and the sociology of drama, as well as pop culture (art, music, architecture).

Pamela M. Potter is a Professor of Musicology who also holds affiliations with the School of Music and the Center for Jewish Studies. Her interests concentrate on relating music, the arts, and the writing of cultural history to ideological, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing on twentieth-century Germany, Jewish music, and the impact of German emigration on American musical life. She currently serves as the Director for German and European Studies.


THEME FIVE: Policy-Making Processes and Outcomes in the Institutions of the European Union and Its Member States

Nils Ringe is Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, and Director of the Center for European Studies, the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, and the European Studies Alliance. His research and teaching interests are European Union politics (in particular the institutions of the EU), legislatures, political parties, social networks, and elections.

Mark Copelovitch is Professor, Trice Faculty Scholar, and the Goldy Faculty Fellow in the Department of Political Science and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Professor Copelovitch studies international political economy and international organizations, with a focus on the politics of financial crises, global financial governance, and the political economy of international trade and exchange rates.


THEME SIX: Gender, Society, and Higher Education

Myra Marx Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and also a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She has written numerous articles about feminist organizations and politics in the US, Germany and internationally, as well as about gender inequality in families, the inclusion of gender in sociological theory and practice, and the intersections of gender with race and class. Her current work focuses on comparisons between US and German higher education systems and the interplay of gender equality politics and academic capitalist processes in reshaping these universities.

Felix Elwert is the Romnes Associate Professor of Sociology. His research advances the understanding of two interlocking areas of social inequality: First, he investigates the contextual drivers of inequality, including neighborhood, network, and family effects. Second, he analyzes the demography of inequality. All of his work pursues a theory-driven approach to causal inference. He especially focuses on problems of dynamic selection to understand how contexts and demography shape individual life chances, their distributions, and their transmission within and across generations.