Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick

Credentials: German

Position title: Assistant Professor

Pronouns: he/him/his


Office Number: 846 Van Hise Hall

Language: German

Research/Language Interests: Asian German Studies; German Film History; (Post-)migration; Asian Diaspora in the German-Speaking World; Queer Studies; Gender-Inclusive and Gender-Neutral Language in German; Contemporary Television and New Media

About: Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick joined the department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ in fall 2023. He previously taught at Wesleyan University and DePaul University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received the Mellon-CES (Council For European Studies) Dissertation Completion Fellowship. His dissertation Shifting Focus: Asian German Film Representation since 1910 constitutes the first full-length critical history of Asia and Asians within German cinema. With Qinna Shen (Bryn Mawr College) and Qingyang Freya Zhou (UC Berkeley), he is currently co-editing a volume tentatively titled New Narratives of Asian German Film History: Imagination, Collaboration, and Diasporic Representation.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in German Studies (2022)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MA in German Studies (2016)
  • Old Dominion University, BA in International Studies and German (2012)