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2015 Jefferson Prize

The Jefferson Prize honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity.

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle

Associate Professor Maria Stehle specializes in German and European cultural studies, gender and media studies, and cultural histories of Germany since 1945. A faculty member in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures since 2007, she is being honored for her significant achievements in research and creative activity.

Stehle is a highly productive young scholar. Along with her monograph Ghetto Voices in Contemporary Germany: Textscapes, Filmscapes, and Soundscapes, she has published two articles in conference proceedings, four book chapters, twelve book reviews, and thirteen refereed articles. Stehle has edited a special issue of Imaginations, co-edited an issue of the Journal of Popular Music, and received several grants. Her interdisciplinary research collaborations include a three-year Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project, Technologies of Popfeminist Activism, which examines the reconfiguration of German feminist activism in the twenty-first century through digital technologies.

“Stehle teaches more students than most colleagues,” wrote her nominator. “She engages in service to her program, unit, and the profession at a high level, and participates in numerous research seminars in order to complete the picture of a newly tenured colleague who sets a brilliant example.”