Lea Pao
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Lea Pao

Assistant Professor of German Studies
Chair of Undergraduate Studies, German Studies
2017: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
2013: Mag. Phil., University of Vienna, Austria
2010: Bakk. Phil., University of Vienna, Austria

Lea Pao's research interests include German and Austrian poetry, the history of information and its theories, and graphic narrative theory. Her current book project explores the ways in which ideas about information—and the history of twentieth-century information theory—can shape our thinking about poetry’s social, cultural, and linguistic work, and vice versa. 

She is the translator of Q. G. Li’s Tian Shu into German, as Buch des Himmels (Letter P Verlag, 2012), and the co-translator of Peter Janich’s What is Information? (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). She is editing, with a team of scholars associated with Penn State's Center for Humanities and Information, two books on the relation between information, literature, and society: Information: A Reader, and Information: Keywords (both forthcoming from Columbia University Press).

At Stanford, she teaches courses on German literature, poetry, and poetics.



(650) 721-6733
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 203

Research Interests

  • German Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Literary Criticism (history of criticism, theory of literature)


  • Narratology


  • Poetry and Poetics