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Yevgenya (Jenny) Strakovsky


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Monday, 3-5 pm (260-312A) / Tues,Thurs, 11am-noon (260-311)

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German literature 1750-present
German idealism and Romanticism
The novel
literature and philosophy
Digital pedagogy

Yevgenya (Jenny) Strakovsky

Ph.D. Candidate, German Studies
Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center 2015-2016

Program Coordinator, Collaborative Teaching Project
Program Coordinator, Humanities Education Focal Group 

Jenny's research interests in German Studies span literature, culture, and intellectual history after 1750. She is particularly interested in the ways the dialogue between literature and the social and natural sciences. How does literature illuminate the poetics of science, and how do the sciences inform our interpretations of a literary text? Her current research focuses on the interface of literature and educational psychology in the long 19th century. Her dissertation, "The Search for Happiness: Gottfried Keller's Psychology of Flourishing," places the humanist tradition of self-cultivation in dialogue with positive psychology. The project reconstructs the educational psychology of the Swiss realist Gottfried Keller in order to examine how humanistic and social scientific frameworks of growth and learning can complement one another to create a multidisciplinary understanding of human flourishing. She has also worked on Goethe, Novalis, Storm, Fontane, and Kafka; and is developing book-length projects on the history of curiosity-driven science since Goethe and on the psychology of intimacy in German realist fiction.



Instructional Designer and Researcher, Lacuna (e-learning platform for humanities courses)

Academic Skills Coach, Undergraduate Advising and Research

Academic Coordinator, Haus Mitteleuropa (German Theme House), 2014-2015


German 126: Old Stories, New Media: Great German Tales and their Adaptations

German 120Q: Contemporary Politics in Germany (co-taught with Prof. R. Berman)

ESF2A: The German Tradition of Bildung, or, How to Become a Global Citizen (co-taught with Prof. K. Starkey)

ChemEng 80Q: Art, Chemistry, and Madness (TA to Dr. S. Roberts-Manganelli, Dir. of Science+Art Lab; and Prof. C. Frank, Chem. Engineering)

Impact Abroad: Pre-Field Training for Service-Based Travel, Curriculum and Course Design, Haas Center for Public Service.

Gerlang 01: First-Year German, First Quarter

Gerlang 02: First-Year German, Second Quarter

Gerlang 03: First-Year German, Third Quarter

Gerlang 5C: First-Year German, Third Quarter (Summer Intensive)

Gerlang 22: Second-Year German, Second Quarter

Gerlang 20A-C, Conversation courses, novice-advanced



Collaborative Teaching Project, 2016-2017

Humanities Education Focal Group, 2012-present

Connected Academics: Workshop for Graduate Students, Feb 2017

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Speed of Academia, Nov 2016

Reimagining the Doctoral Experience, April 2016

Why Should We Care about Common Core, April 2016

The Series on Public Humanities, year-long program 2013-2014

Founder, DLCL Working Group on Translation Studies, 2012-2014

Steering Committee, Urban/Jungles Graduate Conference, Oct 2013


Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center

Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Fulbright Research Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2009-2010



GERMAN 126 Old Stories, New Media: Great German Tales and their Adaptations

There are some characters that we see again and again: the love-struck artist, the mad genius, and the valiant hero. Where do these tropes come from? How do they evolve through history? This course will survey German history through the eyes of some of its most well-known stories. We will explore how audience, medium, cultural ideals, and historical changes can transform the meaning of a narrative over time. The central aim of this course is to provide students with an analytical framework with which to approach an unfamiliar work of art or literature. The course also aims to improve students¿ German language proficiency and give students a broad understanding of German intellectual history. Taught in German.