ddesocio@umich.edu

My current CV can be found here.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.  I work in the fields of German and Austrian modernism, critical theory, temporality studies, feminist studies, the history of sexuality, and queer theory.

Since 2018, I’ve co-founded and served on my department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, which seeks to implement in our unit the University of Michigan’s strategic plan for DEI, found here. Additionally, I created my department’s first DEI Research and Teaching Database, which compiles sources across media and genre by and/or about historically underrepresented and disadvantaged group; the goal is for this interactive online database to serve as a source for more inclusive curricula and innovative research. Our vision is backed by the strong conviction that academic and intellectual excellence can only be achieved when every individual feels welcomed, supported, and valued as a member of our community. Through departmental policies, programming, and innovative curricula for both undergraduate and graduate students, we seek to create a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive program regarding student and faculty recruitment and retention, pedagogy and the practice of teaching, and professional development.

At the University of Michigan, I have received several awards for both my research and my teaching. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I was awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Scholarship, Rackham Graduate School’s most prestigious award, to fund my dissertation work. My essay, “’Augen, die mich anstarrten:’ The Displacement of Eyes and the Privileges of Vision in Early Hofmannsthal,” received the 2014-15 Alan P. Cottrell Prize for best paper written in a German Studies seminar at the University of Michigan. As an instructor, I was awarded the Frank X. Braun Memorial Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2017 for my self-designed undergraduate course “Queer German Cultures,” the first such course offered in the department and university. 

I received my B.A. magna cum laude in German Studies and Modern European History from Columbia University in 2014, writing an honors thesis on portrayals of homosexuality in early 20th century gay German literature.