Giesenkirchen Sawyer, Michaela
Associate Professor - Humanities
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Associate Professor 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. Before joining the UVU faculty in 2006, she taught writing, literature, and humanities at Washington University, Boston University, and Kenyon College.  At UVU, she directed and developed the Humanities Program during a formative phase, from 2008 to 2012, and for many years now has been a member of the CHSS Curriculum Committee. 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. In her scholarship as well as her teaching, she is interested in the intersections of literature, film, music, and the visual arts with science and philosophy.   

Recent Courses in Humanities:

Humanism / Posthumanism: Posthumanist Theory (Hum 400R)

Aesthetics (Hum 3800).

Approaches to Humanities (Hum 3500).

Period Studies: American Modernism (Hum 330R).

Period Studies: Romanticisms (Hum 330R).

Topics: American Pragmatism (Hum 320R).

Topics: Mad Scientists (Hum 320R).

Topics: Reading Novels (Hum 320R).

Topics: Gertrude Stein and Picasso (Hum 320R)

Adventures of Ideas After 1500 (Hum 2200)

History Through the Arts After 1500 (Hum 2020).

History Through the Arts Through 1500 (Hum 2010).

Humanities Through the Arts (Hum 1010).