Melissa Sheedy

Credentials: German

Position title: Lecturer

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Office Number: 840 Van Hise Hall

Language: German, Russian

Research/Language Interests: 18th- to 21st-century German literature and culture; contemporary literature, Romanticism, GDR and Post-GDR literature, fairytales, feminist theory, ecocriticism, and violence.

About: Melissa Sheedy joined the Department of German, Nordic & Slavic+ in August 2020. In and outside of the classroom, she is always ready to talk about Romanticism, fairytales, GDR and post-GDR literature, feminist ecocriticism, and her cats. Her dissertation, Romanticism Reloaded: Romantic Trajectories in Contemporary German Literature, engages with the legacies and transformations of the Romantic period in post-Wall German fiction. Before returning to the Midwest in 2020, she taught in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

• University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in German Literature
• University of Montana, M.A. in German Literature
• University of Montana, B.A. in German Studies