Adam von Wald, M.A.
After completing his K through 12 education in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Adam Christian von Wald entered his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University. After a year abroad spent studying at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, he received his Bachelors in German studies with an additional concentration in international political economy. The following year he was awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to teach English at the Willy-Brandt-Gymnasium in Oer-Erkenschwick, during which time he continued his further studies at the Universität Duisburg-Essen. In 2007, after a second year-long extension of his teaching grant and various other opportunities, he joined the language practice team here in Essen. Since then, he has completed his M.A. degree in American Studies and German Studies and started his doctoral studies.
In his undergraduate studies Adam Christian von Wald focused on comparative economic systems, German language and 19th century German Romanticism. In the course of his M.A. studies, however, he turned his scholarly attention specifically to the United States of America. His Master’s thesis, entitled “Up the Social Ladder Tooth and Nail: Representations of the Myth of Success in American Naturalism at the Turn of the 19th Century”, was a New Historicist approach to a literary and cultural movement in America at the end of the 1800s. His research interests also include American media, the multicultural experience in America, masculinity and broader gender studies. Adam Christian von Wald currently teaches in the areas of language practice and American cultural studies.
Language Courses: Business English Refreshers' Course
Foundation Course Plus
Introductory English Course
Skills-Focused Language Course I
Skills-Focused Language Course II
Advanced Writing Skills
Advanced Oral Skills
Cultural Studies Seminars:
Introduction to American Civilization
The Multicultural Experience in America
Revolutions in America
Wealth and Morality in America
African American Vernacular
Political Rhetoric in the USA
Dry Country: Prohibition in America
"Don't be such a pansy!": Masculinity Studies in America
Social Criticism in Contemporary American Theater
„Let’s talk about sex!“: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary American Novels