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Robin Ellis

Assistant Professor of German Studies

Office: Washington Hall 231
Phone: (757) 221-1102
Email: [[rellis01]]

Robin Ellis, Assistant Professor of German Studies, received her Ph.D. in German Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research considers issues of migration and intercultural communication from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on translation. Her current book project examines representations of interpreters in European literature and film, drawing on performance and gender studies to explore translation as a embodied act of encounter and exchange. 

Before coming to William & Mary, Professor Ellis taught at Oberlin College, Davidson College, and the University of Virginia. She teaches courses on topics such as Germany as a multicultural society, urban life in Berlin, European borderlands, and postwar literature. 

She has published articles on linguistic rebellion in Feridun Zaimoğlu’s mock ethnography Headstuff (1998) and the consumption of ethnic identity in Joe May’s film The Indian Tomb (1921).