I was born and raised in Germany and developed my love of languages in secondary school, where English and French were offered. As an undergraduate, I studied Spanish and Latin, and as a graduate student I discovered Russian. I came to the U.S. at the age of 20 and started teaching French, English and German while in graduate school. During my first ten to fifteen years in Southern California, I taught all over the map, at three universities and five community colleges, but nowadays I have settled down as a full-time instructor at UC Irvine and only teach an occasional class IVC. When I'm not teaching, I love to travel or attend classical music concerts. I'm also an avid kayaker and baker. I live in Irvine with my husband, son, and a Bernese Mountain dog.
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UC San Diego
- M.A., English/TESL, Universität Freiburg, Germany
- M.A., French, Arizona State University
- B.A., English, Arizona State University