Faculty Profile

Sarah McGaughey

Associate Professor of German (2007)

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on sabbatical 2018-19



I am a scholar of modernist studies, particularly of the region of German-speaking Central Europe and of the interwar period. My focus in that period is on the relationship between literature and architecture as a means of understanding modernism and modernity. My recent book, Ornament as Crisis: Architecutre, Design, and Modernity in Hermann Broch's "The Sleepwalkers", was published with Northwestern UP (2016). I have developed courses on German cultural history of the environment (German Environments) and modern architectural history of Germany. In addition to teaching the German language at all levels, I also teach topics, such as the Faust legend, pop literature, and performance.


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