Interests: German language, literature, culture and history.
Education: Kersten Horn received his MA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and is currently completing his doctoral thesis. He joined the department in Fall 2006 and is the Ingeborg M. Goessl Lecturer in German Studies.
Research and Teaching: Mr. Horn has conducted extensive archival research in Germany for his work on the depiction of the Ottomans in German Reformation-era literature. At UMSL he teaches classes from across the German curriculum, including language, Composition and Conversation, Readings in German, Culture and Civilization, and special topic courses.
Personal History: Mr. Horn was born and raised in Germany and received his undergraduate education in Britain and France. His interest in German literature, culture, and history began in high school, where he majored in German and English. After high school, he ventured abroad, first to the University of Wales, Cardiff, in the United Kingdom where he received his Bachelor degree. During his course of study, he also spent a year at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France. He came to the United States to pursue graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Horn has also been involved in a number of plays, both as an actor and director, and he most recently produced and directed a student production of “Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti” by Bertolt Brecht.
Professional Activity: Mr. Horn has delivered a range of papers on his current research topic, the depiction of the Ottomans in German Reformation-era literature, as well as on the notion of transgression and the concept of the body in Sebastian Brant’s 1494 “The Ship of Fools.” For his research on Reformation-era literature, Mr. Horn received the Continuing University Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.