Director of German Language Program
Director of Undergraduate Studies in German
Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4 and by appointment
Dr. Parkes completed her undergraduate degree in German and Music at the University of London and came to the U.S. for her graduate studies, completing her Ph.D. in German at UCLA. Before coming to Harvard in 2009, she was the director of the German language program at UCLA (2012-2009).
Her teaching and research interests include foreign language pedagogy, drama pedagogy, modern German literature, music, drama, and theater. She has written and presented on the use of drama in the foreign-language classroom, on sound in German exile Hollywood films, and on German-language comedy. She has co-edited a special volume entitled Integrating the Arts: Creative Thinking about Foreign Language Teaching and Language Program Direction (Cengage, 2015) and is currently completing her book on the performing body in musical practices and their relation to cultural constructions of gender and sexuality.
Besides directing the German language program, she regularly teaches courses on German language, music, drama and theater, and comedy, and has directed student productions of plays by Büchner, Nestroy, Dürrenmatt, Schnitzler, Frisch, Borchert, Brecht, and von Horváth. In the summer, she co-directs the eight-week Harvard Summer Program in Vienna and Berlin.
She is the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts chapter of the AATG, and serves on the editorial boards of Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German and AAUSC’s Issues in Language Program Direction series.