Faculty Profile

Sarah McGaughey

Associate Professor of German (2007)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2018-19



McGaughey is a scholar of modernist studies, in particular of the region of German-speaking Central Europe and of the interwar period. She focuses on the Viennese author Hermann Broch and the relationship between literature and architecture as a means of understanding modernism and modernity. She is author of "Ornament as Crisis: Architecture, Design, and Modernity in Hermann Broch's 'The Sleepwalkers'" (Northwestern UP, 2016) and a co-editor of "A Companion to the Works of Hermann Broch" (Camden House, April 2019). She is also interim online editor of the journal for transatlantic German Studies, "Glossen" (blogs.dickinson.edu/glossen). She develops and teaches courses on German cultural history of the environment (German Environments), German theater and radio, contemporary German literature, and modern architectural history of Germany. She enjoys teaching German as a second language, reading and teaching contemporary German literature, and listening to and teaching with German-language pop music.


  • B.A., Smith College, 1997
  • M.A., Washington University-St. Louis, 1999
  • Ph.D., 2005