Ann Schmiesing
Professor • Vice Chancellor for Academic Resource Management
German Program

Office: Regent 361

Ann Schmiesing is Professor of German and Scandinavian Studies with research interests in 18th and 19th-century German and Norwegian literature and culture. She received an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in German from Cambridge University (U.K.). She is the author of the books Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales (Wayne State, 2014) and Norway’s Christiania Theatre, 1827-1867: From Danish Showhouse to National Stage (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2006). Her publications in nationally and internationally peer-reviewed journals include articles on the Brothers Grimm, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Daniel Chodowiecki, Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Henrik Wergeland, and Johan Falkberget, and on issues pertaining to fairy tales, drama, narrative fiction, theatre history, book illustration, and disability studies. She has also published and/or presented papers on several issues in humanities pedagogy, including service learning, curriculum development, and the utilization of rare books collections in humanities teaching.