Carnegie Mellon University

Martina Wells

Martina Wells

Principal Lecturer of German Studies

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, German Studies. M.A., University of Pittsburgh, German Studies.


I am a Principal Lecturer of German at Carnegie Mellon University. I teach German language and culture courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced language levels. My research interests include contemporary German literature and film, in particular, German-Jewish literature and culture with a focus on contemporary texts. Originally from Germany, I obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • 20th and 21st century German-Jewish literature and film
  • Foreign language pedagogy
  • Teaching of culture
  • Elementary German I and II
  • Intermediate German I and II
  • Contemporary Society in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
  • Of Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Germany from the Margins
  • Vice-President, Alumni and Friends of Allderdice, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017 – present
  • President, Parent Teacher Organization, Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015 – 2017
  • Member, The Board of Falk Laboratory School, University of Pittsburgh, 2004 – 2008
  • Wells, Martina. “Designing a Language Lab that Encompasses Cultural and Interdisciplinary Experiences.” Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs, edited by Melissa Etzler and Gabriele Maier, Routledge, 2021, pp.88-101

Department Member Since 2016