Associate Chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies
Coordinator of Undergraduate Certificate of Translating German-English
Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau is Professor of German. Currently she is serving as Associate Chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. She was a finalist of the prestigious Bank of America Teaching Award in 2012, a nominee for the Carnegie/Case Professor of the Year in 2011 and from 2009-2012 she was honored with the Bonnie E. Cone Teaching Professorship at UNC Charlotte. A native of Germany, she has worked for years at increasing the number of German Majors at UNC Charlotte. During her time as coordinator of the German program the number of Majors increased from 32 to 110. Her outreach work with the German community of the greater Charlotte region has resulted in cooperation with the German Language and Culture Foundation. Through this partnership, each year thirty students receive a scholarship of $2000 to study in Germany during the summer. In addition, students have numerous opportunities to work as interns in German-American companies here in Charlotte or in Germany through her efforts. Buchenau takes pride in the vibrant German program at UNC Charlotte. In her research, Buchenau focuses on 19th century immigrants from Germany and their literary production. In particular, she is interested in women immigrants to the Americas. She also works on the translation of memoirs and novels from Spanish to English or German to English. Her research enhances her teaching expertise. She teaches upper level German classes as well as translation classes.
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (1997)
Staatsexamen, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany (1993)
M.A. Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991)
Zwischenprüfung (B.A. equivalent) Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany (1989)
Professor of German and Comparative Literature, UNC Charlotte, 2020-present.
Associate Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 2014-present
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, UNC Charlotte, 2006-present.
Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature, UNC Charlotte, 2002-06.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English and German, Davidson College, 2000-02.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Honors, University of Southern Mississippi, 1997-99.
Specific Research Interests
Women in literature
German literature in the nineteenth century
Translation (German <-> English, Spanish->English)
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