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20th century

Lisa Barge

Ph.D. in German Studies


Lisa Barge is a native Californian who earned her BA in German and BS in Physics at Arizona State University in 2008 before coming to Stanford to pursue an interdisciplinary project in the German Studies Department. She is interested in exploring those points at which science, technology and culture meet, and in bringing philosophical texts written by scientists into a broader humanistic context with an eye to creative nuances. Her dissertation is titled Beyond Objectivity: Questioning Shifting Scientific Paradigms in Erwin Schrödinger's Thought.


Stanford University:

Teaching Assistant. Myth and Modernity: German Modernism and the Disenchantment of the World, Professor Amir Eshel. Responsibilities include incorporating the use of Lacuna Stories, an exploratory, interactive online platform that offers new ways to digitally engage with and collaborate on both texts and media through the use of annotation tools. Spring 2015.

Teaching Assistant/Instructor. Language Center

Intermediate German I, taught in German. Meets M, W. Continuation of the first-year sequence. Emphasis on the development of oral and written proficiency. Reading and discussion of short stories, writing of short compositions, and the use of multimedia (including films, online videos, web content), computerized oral and written exams, and oral proficiency interviews. Winter 2015. 

German Language First-Year Sequence (3 Quarters), taught in German. Meets M-F. Responsibilities included bringing novice and intermediate speakers to the intermediate-mid level in German through a concentration on oral proficiency and exposure to authentic reading and listening materials; use of Deutsch: Na Klar!, multimedia (including films, online videos, web content), computerized oral and written exams, and oral proficiency interviews. Winter, Spring and Autumn 2011. 

Instructor. Haus Mitteleuropa.

Intermediate German Conversation, taught in German. Meets once a week. Emphasis on conversational German, discussion of culture, exploring German media. Autumn 2015. 

Beginning German Conversation, taught in German. Meets once a week. This course does not teach German from scratch, but is intended for students to practice basic conversations. Emphasis on everyday interactions. Spring 2009.

Instructor. Hope House Scholars Program. Instructors teach college-level courses to residents of the Hope House, a residential drug and alcohol facility for women. Summer 2015.

Tutor. Language and Orientation Tutoring Program. Responsibilities include meeting weekly with non-native English speaking graduate students to help them with oral communication (conversation and presentation skills), professional and casual writing, and American cultural literacy. Spring 2011-2013.

Arizona State University:

Teaching Assistant. Physics III: Waves, Thermodynamics & Optics. For majors. Responsibilities included grading and holding a weekly office hour. Spring 2008.

Teaching Assistant. University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism. For non-majors. Responsibilities included grading, setting up and testing labs,  and guiding students through experiments during their weekly lab hour. Spring 2008.

Teaching Assistant. General Physics I. For non-majors. Responsibilities included grading and conducting a weekly recitation hour, which covered new concepts in greater detail. Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.


Advanced Course for non-native teachers of German as a Foreign Language and Germanists. International Summer School of German Language and Culture. Heidelberg University. Summer 2015.

Graduate Student Coordinator for the Language and Orientation Tutoring Program. Stanford University, 2012-2013.

Stanford Ignite Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Summer 2013.

School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 2012.