Director of German Language Program
Director of Undergraduate Studies in German
Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5 or 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, on German-language comedy, and on theater and migration. She is currently completing two books, Spielraum: Teaching German through Theater (Routledge, forthcoming), and Performative Contradictions, a study of the performing body in modern German literature. She has also co-edited a special volume entitled Integrating the Arts: Creative Thinking about Foreign Language Teaching and Language Program Direction (Cengage, 2015).
Besides directing the German language program, she 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 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.