Andrea K Zach

Andrea K Zach

Andrea K Zach

Assistant Professor

German: Political economy, German contemporary films, critical theory, immigration, theories of nationalism & citizenship.

Andrea Zach is a native German and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. Dr. Zach is a Term Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and an affiliate of the Department of Cultural Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Zach teaches German language and culture courses as well as German literature in translation courses. Her studies are interdisciplinary and include political economy, German literature, German contemporary films and critical theory.

In Fall 2022, Dr. Zach teaches GERM 325 - Major German Writers. The course focuses on Thomas Mann's masterpiece The Magic Mountain [Der Zauberberg]. This living work of art merits a myriad of classifications. Firstly, the novel presents itself as a pedagogical novel – a Bildungsroman – in the sense of the main character’s self-development. In other aspects, it accords with the classification of a psychological novel—the omnipresence of libido colores the hero’s every gesture, act and utterance. Viewed from another perspective, the novel belongs to the category of a Zeitroman—set in pre-war Europe, it aspires to reveal its (decline of the) social order. The narrator questions long-held notions about morality and contributes views on the relation of appearance and reality—principal themes incorporated in a philosophical novel. In this course, students will do a close reading of Mann's novel. To deepen our understanding of this masterpiece, we will familiarize ourselves with different approaches developed in the field of history, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis.


Current Research

I am currently researching and writing on the complex dynamics of health and illness in Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain.

Selected Publications

"Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin: The Spectacular [A]ffect of Vergangenheitsbewältigung." International Journal of Zizek Studies 6, no. 2 (2012).

Courses Taught

GLOA 400: Nationalism in Modern Europe

FRLN 330: German Medieval Civilization, Literature and Culture

FRLN 330: Topics in World Literature: The Magic Mountain

GERM 365: Reading Narrative Prose

GERM 340: (Post)Memories: Transnational & Transcultural Imaginations in Literature and Film after the Wende

GERM 250: Gateway to Advanced German

GERM 210: Intermediate German

GERM 201: Intermediate German I

GERM 202: Intermediate German II

GERM 110: Elementary German

INYO 106: Research Methods for International Students

INYO 105: American Cultures (in-class and online)

PROV 504: Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Studies

PROV 502: Introduction to Graduate Studies I

BIS 491: Senior Project Presentation

BIS 390: The Research Process

CULT 320: Globalization and Culture

GLOA 101: Introduction to Global Affairs


Ph.D. Cultural Studies, George Mason University, 2017

M.A. Sociology, George Mason University, 2012

B.A. Liberal Studies, Marymount University, 2007

Recent Presentations

“Bodies and Anti-Bodies in Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, Virtual Session, June 10—June 12, 2021. 

"Subsidiarity: A Strategic Umfunktionierung of the 'national' film." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Tulane University, LO, June 2019.

"The German idea heimat and the 'policing of crisis' in Germany/Europe." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Villanova, PA, June 2016.