Holly A. Yanacek, Ph.D.


James Madison University

Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807




James Madison University, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Assistant Professor of German, Fall 2017-present


University of Pittsburgh, Department of German

Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2016-Spring 2017




Professional Memberships


American Association of Teachers of German

Coalition of Women in German

Fulbright Association

German Studies Association

Goethe Society of North America

Modern Language Association

Society for the History of Emotions


2019            College of Arts & Letters Educational Leave, James Madison University

2018            Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, James Madison University

2017            European Studies Center Small Grant for Faculty Research and Travel,

University of Pittsburgh


2016            Speaking in the Disciplines Faculty Seminar Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh


2015-2016   Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh


2015            Cultural Studies Small Grant for Summer Research


2014-2015   Fulbright U.S. Student Graduate Research Fellowship, Freie Universität

Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany.


2014-2015  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Long-Term Research Grant

award declined.


2014           German Historical Institute (GHI) Archival Summer Seminar in Germany


2014           Cultural Studies Small Grant for Summer Research


2009           Graduate School Experience in German Studies Program Fellow at Ohio

State University, sponsored by DAAD/Max Kade Foundation.


2008-2009 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship,

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

Ph.D. German Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2016

Doctoral-Level Certificate in Cultural Studies


          German Philology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2014-2015

Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Doctoral Candidate


M.A. German Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2012


B.A.  German, Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, 2010

Summa cum laude, Honors Program diploma


          German, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2008-2009

DAAD Undergraduate Scholar and English Teaching Assistant



English, native

German, near-native fluency

French, reading knowledge

Related Professional Skills


Translation and interpretation

Trained to read and transcribe:

  • Fraktur

  • Old German handwriting (Kurrent and Sütterlin)

Web course design and instruction

Oral interpretation of poetry and prose





2014 Doctoral-Level Certificate in Cultural

Studies, University of Pittsburgh

2008 DSH (German language examination

for university entrance), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg



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