Associate Professor and Director of Humanities
Michaela Giesenkirchen Sawyer received her Ph.D. in English from Washington University in St. Louis. A native of Germany, she also completed a German M.A. (A.B.D.) in American Studies, with minors in English Medieval Literature and Modern European History. She is a former fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service, the German National Merit Foundation, and The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. She has published various articles in her field of specialty, American Modernist Literature, and is currently completing a book manuscript on the work of the American twentieth-century author Gertrude Stein. She is interested in the intersections of literature, film, music, and the visual arts with science and philosophy. Before joining the UVU faculty in 2006, she taught writing, literature, and humanities at Washington University, Boston University, and Kenyon College.
Recent Courses in Humanities:
Adventures of Ideas through 1500 (Hum 2100)
Topics: Mad Scientists (Hum 320R).
Approaches to Humanities (Hum 3500).
Topics: American Pragmatism (Hum 320R).
Aesthetics (Hum 3800).
Topics: Reading Novels (Hum 320R).
Period Studies: American Modernism (Hum 330R).
Period Studies: Romanticisms (Hum 330R).
Arts in the Humanistic Tradition 2 (Hum 2020).
Arts in the Humanistic Tradition 1 (Hum 2010).
Introduction to Humanities (Hum 1010).