Jessica Riviere

I am an academic pre-major adviser in the College of Arts and Science and lecturer in the German department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I graduated from Vanderbilt in 2014 with a dissertation titled “Women’s Essayistic Writing and the Literary Public Sphere (1770-1830).” I served as a Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt. After graduating from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 2005, with a double major in German Literature and International Relations, I moved to Storkow, Brandenburg for one year, and taught English at the Europaschule Storkow on a Fulbright grant. I grew up in Atlanta, GA, where I started to learn German in elementary school.

I completed my MA at Vanderbilt in May 2008, with a research project on Gerstenberg’s Ugolino and how it relates to the Sturm and Drang period of literature.  I spent the Sommersemester 2009 at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen.  I spent the Summer of 2010 in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach am Neckar and in Göttingen to look more closely at Therese Huber’s essayistic writing.  I spent time in Germany and Austria in Summer 2011 researching other women writers, particularly Caroline Pichler.
I have taught German beginning and intermediate German at Vanderbilt and am looking forward to being in the classroom again. I have also been a Teaching Assistant in EUS 203: The Idea of Europe and for a Maymester in Utrecht, NL (EUS 260: The Dutch Model for the EU.)  In 2009-2010 I was the department representative to the Graduate Student Council, and served as the GSC Vice-President of Academic Affairs for 2010-2011.

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Pre-major Academic Adviser and Lecturer