Carnegie Mellon University

Gabriele Maier

Gabriele Maier

Teaching Professor of German

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington: German Studies; M.A., University of Washington: Comparative Literature; B.A., University of Bonn (Germany): Japanese Studies


My research includes literature of the 20th and 21st centuries and focuses primarily on travel writing, questions of home and identity, transcultural writers, and graphic novels. I have published on Christian Kracht, Hans-Ulrich Treichel and Christoph Ransmayr, among others, co-edited an anthology on Heimat (2013), and written a textbook entitled Deutschland im Zeitalter der Globalisierung (2015). Lately, I edited a volume on curriculum development and small German program building (2020) and contributed an article to the MLA Handbook Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work. From 2017-2020 I was a fellow of the “How Well?“ project funded by the Center for the Arts in Society at CMU where I worked with various student groups to educate the public about food insecurity and how to improve well-being on the CMU campus.

  • Questions of Heimat (home)
  • Travel writing
  • Transnational literature
  • Wellness and well-being
  • Graphic novels
  • 82-426: Wellness in the German-Speaking World
  • 82-707: Introduction to Translation
  • 82-708: Translation as a Profession
  • 82-200: Careers, Cultures, and Languages
  • 82-425: Vienna 1900
  • Elliot Dunlap Smith Teaching Award, 2019
  • A.W. Mellon Grant, Carnegie Mellon University Humanities Center Lecture Series 2018, 2020-21
  • Center for Arts in Society Narrative Initiative Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
  • ProSEED Grant, Carnegie Mellon University Berkman Faculty Development Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
  • Co-Director of the MA in Global Communication and Applied Translation
  • Minor advisor for German Studies
  • Study abroad advisor for German Studies
  • Member of the committee of educators at the Educational Testing Service responsible for the German Praxis Series and AP exams
  • Affiliated with ALC Bridge’s working committee to promote careers in the language services industry
  • Heimat and Migration. Reimagining the Regional and the Global in the 21st Century. Edited with Len Cagle and Thomas Herold. De Gruyter, 2021. (forthcoming)
  • Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching for German Programs. Edited with Melissa Etzler. Routledge, 2020. (forthcoming)
  • Deutschland im Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Ein Textbuch für fortgeschrittene Deutschlernende. Yale UP, 2015.
  • “Migration, Displacement and Questions of Home: Graphic Novels of German- and Spanish-Speaking Worlds in Dialogue.” Co-authored with Felipe Gómez. Against Translation: Global Comics History and Memory. Ed. Harriet E.H. Earle and Martin Lund. (forthcoming)
  • “Engaging Social Justice From a Transcultural Perspective: The Case of a French/German Joint Class.“ Co-authored with Sébastien Dubreil. Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work. Ed. Neal Lester (forthcoming)

Department Member Since 2008