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Seth Peabody

Assistant Professor of German, German and Russian

Education & Professional History

Northwestern University, BA; Harvard University, PhD

I joined the Carleton German Program in fall 2020; before that, I taught at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. My teaching at Carleton spans from beginning German to advanced seminars on literature, film, and cultural theory. I am particularly interested in how courses focused on language skills, cultural competency, and interpretation of creative texts can contribute to efforts for environmental sustainability and social justice that extend beyond the classroom.

My research interests lie at the intersection of German literature, film, and environmental studies. Beyond the schools where I’ve earned degrees, I’ve spent a year at the Universität Hamburg and am a member of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. I also taught English with the Fulbright TA program in Austria, had a job milking cows on an Alpine dairy farm near Salzburg, and worked for a wilderness program in southwest Utah.

I look forward to seeing you in class, at Mittagstisch (the German language table), and in office hours—please stop by!

Fall 2018 office hours: Tuesday 3-4:30pm (by appointment; sign up here), Thursday 1:30-3pm (drop-in only).


  • PhD, Harvard University, 2015
  • BA and BMus, Northwestern University, 2004

Professional History

  • Assistant Professor, Carleton College (current)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Saint Olaf College, 2017–2020
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2016–2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2015–2016
  • Instructor, Harvard Summer School, Summer 2015

At Carleton since 2020.

Highlights & Recent Activity

German Minor Coordinator at Carleton College

Co-Coordinator, Environmental Studies Network of the German Studies Association

Recent Publications:

  • “Infrastructure, Water, Ecology: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis as Ecological Archive.” Colloquia Germanica 53.2–3 (2021): 249–267.
  • “Decolonizing Folklore? Diversifying the Fairy Tale Curriculum.” Die Unterrichtspraxis 54.1 (2021): 88–102.
  • “Image, Environment, Infrastructure: The Social Ecologies of the Bergfilm.” Humanities 10.1 (2021).
  • “Sustainability and German Studies: From Ecocriticism to Community Engagement.” Co-authored with Kiley Kost and Dan Nolan. German Studies Review 43.2 (2020).

Selected Awards:

  • Student Research Partnership (Carleton College), winter break 2020 and summer 2021.
  • Best Article in Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German, with co-author Amanda Randall, for article “Unpacking Heimat: A Spiraled Approach to Identity and Belonging for Global German Studies,” 2020.
  • Curriculum Development Grant (Carleton College), 2020.
  • ACTFL Small Undergraduate German Program Special Interest Group Award for Outstanding German Program Development and Advocacy, with Prof. Amanda Randall, 2019.
  • Rachel Carson Fellowship for work at Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, summer 2019.
  • Fulbright IIE Grant, full-year research grant for study in Germany, 2013-2014.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
    • Co-coordinator, GSA Environmental Studies Network
  • Society of Fellows, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC)

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    GERM 100: Seeking Shelter in a Dangerous World
    GERM 204: Intermediate German
  • Winter 2023
    EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
    LCST 245: The Critical Toolbox: Who's Afraid of Theory?
  • Spring 2023
    GERM 103: Intermediate German