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Anna Souchuk


Ph.D. - Yale University: 2008
M.Phil. - Yale University: 2006
M.A. - Yale University: 2005
B.A. - University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign: 2002

Teaching and Research Interests

Anna Souchuk is Associate Professor of German in DePaul's Department of Modern Languages. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 2008, with a dissertation on constructions of place in the novels of Elfriede Jelinek, Josef Haslinger, and Robert Menasse. Since then, her research has concentrated largely on the collected works of Josef Haslinger and his depictions of Austria’s conflicted relationship to Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past), though Dr. Souchuk continues to write on other Austrian writers and artists, including Elfriede Jelinek, Linda Stift, the visual artist Deborah Sengl, and the filmmaker Markus Schleinzer. Her research has been presented frequently at the annual Conferences of the German Studies Association and Austrian Studies Association (the leading conferences in the fields of German and Austrian Studies in the U.S.), along with the Convention of the Modern Language Association. Most recently, she edited a special edition of the scholarly journal Modern Languages Open with a focus on the family novel in German(ic) literature. This project drew on her interests in the generational transmission of the family story as an emblem of problematic Austrian Vergangenheitsbewältigung while exploring the recent increase in popularity of Familienromane (family novels) in German-language literature. Dr. Souchuk teaches a wide variety of courses in DePaul University’s German Program and Honors Program. She has also developed several short- and long-term study abroad programs at DePaul, most recently a long-term program for students to study in Vienna, and a short-term program to Berlin, where students volunteer with refugees and learn about human rights and multicultural Germany.

Courses Taught

  • German Film Since 2010​
  • The History of German Film
  • ​Coffeehouses and Culture in Turn of the Century Vienna
  • Working Through the Past: Memory and Memorial in Germany and the U.S.​​​​​
  • Berlin and the Golden Twenties
  • Kakfa and the Kafkaesque
  • Coming of Age in Germany and Austria
  • Contemporary Bestsellers from Germany and Austria
  • Memoirs of the Holocaust
  • Commercial German​​
  • The German Novella
  • Current Events in the German-Speaking World
  • German Literature: From Origins to 1600
  • Honors 205: Bertolt Brecht on the Stage of the Twentieth Century
  • Explore: German-American Chicago
  • Grimms' Fairy Tales
  • New German Cinema
  • Multicultural Germany: Film, Literature, and Art

Other Research Interests:

  • coffeehouse culture
  • memory studies​
  • coming to terms with the past in Germany and Austria​
  • refugee experiences and narratives in Germany and Austria
  • the German-language Familienroman
  • the notion of "place" and place-identity
  • the urban landscape in 20th-century Germany and Austria
  • fin-de-siècle​​ ​Vienna


  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages
  • Director, German Program
  • Faculty Council Secretary
  • Faculty Council Representative​
  • University Comprehensive Internationali​zation Committee​
  • University Fulbright Committee
  • University Honors Program Committee
  • University Honors APR Committee
  • University Liberal Studies Program APR Committee, Core Self Study Group
  • LAS Study Abroad Committee
  • LAS Awards Committee
  • Presidential Vetting Committee, 2016-17 and 2021-22​​​​
  • University Strategic Planning Team: Academic Portfolio and Faculty Development
  • Advisory Board Member, Grace School of Applied Diplomacy
  • Organizer and Co-Director, Berlin and Vienna: Navigating the Refugee Experience Study Abroad Program
  • Organizer and Co-Director, Vienna: City of Modern Tastes Study Abroad Program
  • Advisor, Illinois in Vienna German Language and Vienna Diplomatic Study Abroad Programs​​​
  • Faculty Advisor, German Club
  • Faculty Advisor, Russian Club
  • Creating Knowledge MOL Committee
  • Modern Languages DEI and Antiracism Committee


  • Distinguished Honors Faculty
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • DePaul ENGAGE Faculty Award