- Ph.D., German Studies, Michigan State University, 2005
Dissertation: "Re-Membering the Father: Constructions of the Father and the Authoritarian State in Post-Unification East German Literature"
- M.A., German Language and Culture, UC Santa Barbara, 1999
- B.A., German, Alma College, 1994
Honors Thesis: "Protest und Widerstand in den Romanen von Monika Maron"