Dr. Rinner is originally from Speyer, a small, yet historically significant town located in the south of Germany. After an apprenticeship at Brockhaus & Duden, publisher of the respected German dictionary Duden and the leading German encyclopedia, she began her studies in philosophy, literature, and law at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Experiencing feelings of Wanderlust, she continued her graduate studies in the US. After teaching at Allegheny College, Georgetown University, and George Washington University she joined the faculty at UNCG in 2007. With a focus on twentieth century and contemporary German literature, film and culture, her interdisciplinary research interests include cultural memory and social movements. Dr. Rinner is also interested in modern language pedagogy and curriculum development, and she enjoys working closely with students in and outside the classroom. With her scholarship and teaching, she contributes to the mission of the liberal arts in higher education.
Current Book Project:
Heroic Rebels: Representations of Radical Identities in Contemporary German Fiction.