Berni Beringer


Graduate Student

Languages: German, French

Area(s) of Study: Holocaust literature and post-1945 literature.

About: Berni Beringer completed his First (2016) and Second (2020) State Examination in English, Geography, German, and History with a certificate for bilingual teaching at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. In Freiburg, he also worked at the Sport-Club Freiburg soccer academy as a coach and educator for several years. Between his 1. and 2. State Examination, he studied at the University of Alabama, where he earned a Master of Arts in German Literature (2018).

Before coming to UW, Berni taught at the Realschule am Giersberg in Kirchzarten, Germany (2019-2020); and he also worked as a Teaching Assistant at Franklin & Marshall College, PA, in 2013.

Berni realized his passion for college-level language teaching and enrolled in the German Ph.D. program at UW-Madison in 2020. His scholarly research interests include Holocaust literature, post-1945 literature, and intercultural literature.


– University of Wisconsin-Madison – Ph.D. Student (since 2020)
– University of Education Freiburg – Zweites Staatsexamen in Deutsch, Englisch, Geographie, Geschichte; Bilingual Teaching Certificate (2020)
– The University of Alabama – M.A. in German Literature (2018)
– University of Education Freiburg – Erstes Staatsexamen in Deutsch, Englisch, Geographie, Geschichte (2016)

Courses Taught:

The University of Alabama:

– GERMAN 101
– GERMAN 102
– Intensive GERMAN 102 summer class

Realschule am Giersberg, Kirchzarten:

– English, Geography, German, History