German Studies

Graduate Students

Kierstin H. Brehm

Curriculum Vitae

• M.A. German Studies, University of California, Irvine
• B.S. Business Administration, Computer Information Systems (CIS), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
• B.A. International Relations / German Studies, University of California, Davis

Scholarly interests include popular music of 1950's and '60s Germany, cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and second-language teaching

Matthew Cooper


I received my BA in Comparative Literature from UC Riverside in 2013. My work is grounded in German Romanticism and Idealism, namely aesthetics after Kant and theories of the symbol, problems of representation, morphology and Naturphilosophie.

Steven Nave


Steven Nave received his B.A. in German Studies from Colgate University in 2017 and his M.A. from UCI in 2019. His scholarly interests are in German perceptions of Asia, especially Orientalisms in philosophy and literature. He is also invested in undergraduate engagement, organizing and facilitating the UCI Kaffeestunde and Filmabend. He served as Graduate Representative during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Yao Pei


B.A. in German, Beihang University, China, 2016.

Scholarly interests includes 20th Century German Austrian modernism, German-Chinese philosophical exchange, second-language teaching

Jacob Schaubs


-B.A. German/Spanish, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Having closely examined the efficacy of Titus Hoffmann's German translation of the 2012 Broadway musical Next to Normal, I find myself interested in storytelling in translation and the possible permutations in understanding and meaning wrought by the inability of any one language to map itself onto another perfectly. I am particularly drawn to examining how the theatre works to shape the world and how various languages and cultures understand it.

Xuxu Song


• Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of Southern California
• Exchange Student, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
• B.A. German, Remin University of China

    Xuxu is a Ph.D candidate in German Studies at UC Irvine. Her current scholarly interests center on early German romanticism, primarily the journal, das Athenaeum, as an early romantic work of art, and also extend to German thought of the Goethezeit.
    As a language lover, she teaches German here at UC Irvine, speaks French, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and is enthusiastic about Second Language Acquisition and pedagogy. She serves as Graduate Representative during the 2019-2020 academic year and a Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor on campus.
    Given her background in Public Administration and passion about international affairs, she is always willing to explore international cultural exchange and political and economic development in Europe after WWII, including contemporary migration studies. She has been selected as an Humanities Out There Public Fellow and is currently doing an internship with the World Affairs Council of Orange County.
    In her leisure time, she enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and music.

Jonas Weaver

B.A., German and Philosophy, Calvin University, 2018

Lucas Wright

Curriculum Vitae

I am a PhD student in the German Program in the Department of European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. I hold an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Theology, Philosophy, and Literature from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and a B.A. with a concentration in Theology and Philosophy. My current research focuses in the areas of Modern Jewish Thought, Romanticism, and German Idealism in connection with continental philosophy and mysticism.