Erika Kontulainen


M.A. & M.Ed. (Stockholm University); M.A. (Washington University in St. Louis)

Erika's dissertation "Landscapes of Memory in German Realist Writing" analyzes the intersection of landscape description and memory practices in literary works by Adalbert Stifter, Theodor Fontane and Wilhelm Raabe. For the academic year 2017/18 Erika received a DAAD Reasearch Scholarship to conduct research for her project in Germany and based at the University of Potsdam.

During 2016/17 Erika served as a Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Penn, where she organized and led workshops on a range of topics related to teaching and learning, and also observed and discussed teaching and learning practices with other graduate students. In Spring 2016 she received the SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students.

Erika has also completed Graduate Certificates at Penn in Cinema Studies and College and University Teaching.

Research Interests

19th-Century German Literature, Theodor Fontane, Realism, Literature and Memory, Cinema Studies