Graduate Students

Nagihan Ince

Nagihan Ince earned her teachers degree for German and English at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen/Germany and has also studied at the Philipps- University in Marburg/Germany. She established her passion for literature and culture during her studies and the passion for teaching even before that. She comes to Missouri with an interest in German literature and culture and with an interest in the English language.

Ashlee Elizabeth Piacentini

Ashlee Elizabeth Piacentini

Ashlee Elizabeth Piacentini earned a BA in German from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2017. She started her MA that summer in Leipzig and Berlin and returned to Mizzou to teach Elementary German and continue her MA. She returned to Germany for a year, studying German at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and teaching English two semesters.  Her interests in German include teaching the language and culture, the literature of Franz Kafka, and the history and culture of the German Democratic Republic. She is currently teaching Intermediate German at Mizzou and plans to graduate with her MA in May 2020, after which she plans to either return to Germany to teach or teach German stateside. 

Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan earned a BA in both English and German studies from the University of Missouri and is currently working toward a masters in German studies. During her undergraduate career, she spent a semester studying abroad at Uni Bonn and, last year, she applied for a German Fulbright scholarship and was accepted as an alternate candidate. Currently, she is spending a full academic year at Phillips Universität Marburg where she is teaching English and polishing her German language skills. Her interests include studying the relationship between the US military and Germany during the Occupation Period and religious and feminist theory in both German and English literature and film.

Emily Singh Chatrath

Emily Singh Chatrath

Emily Singh Chatrath holds a BA from the University of Augsburg in Applied Intercultural Linguistics with an emphasis in French and English. She is also well-versed in both Arabic and Japanese. In 2016-2017, Emily took part in the Japanese Language program hosted by Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. She comes to MU hoping to further develop her teaching skills, conduct research in linguistics, and learn more about literature’s influence on (and its reflection) of German society.

Desmond Allen Ferrell

Desmond Allen Ferrell earned a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University, and has studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He is particularly interested in the cultural history and literature of Black people in German-speaking Europe. He is currently studying at the Universität zu Köln on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship.

Oliver Seifert-Gram

Oliver Seifert-Gram

Oliver Seifert-Gram is currently working in Vienna, Austria through a USTA Fulbright Scholarship and will return in the fall of 2020 to complete their masters in German Studies with a minor in linguistics. Their interests include public history and education, queer lignuistics, queer literary analysis, and LGBTIQ history prior to World War II. They are currently preparing a thesis on the representation of transvestite and "transsexual" Germans in gay and lesbian periodicals during the Weimar-era.

Ross Parks

Ross Parks earned a BA in International Relations with an emphasis in Peace Studies and German Studies from MU in 2018. He spent last year living and working at two Gymnasiums in Austria as part of the U.S. Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program administered by Fulbright Austria. Now, having returned to MU, he plans to focus on research related to the German-American experience as well as Austrian Literature.

Asya Gorlova

Asya Gorlova

Asya Gorlova is a graduate student in Russian studies.

Ekaterina Lisovskaia

Ekaterina Lisovskaia is a graduate student in Russian studies.

Elizaveta Korskaia

Elizaveta Korskaia

Elizaveta Korskaia is a graduate student in Russian studies.

Marci Heidt

Marci Heidt is a graduate student in Russian studies.