PhD 2015 - The University of Texas at Austin, Germanic Studies

MA 2007 - Rice University, Cultural Anthropology

BA 2002 - DePaul University, International Studies

I joined the St. Olaf German faculty in Fall 2015 and have enjoyed teaching courses in intermediate-level (231/232) and bridge-level (251) German and advanced seminars in twentieth-century German literature, history, and culture. My research interests include the history of German Volkskunde / European Ethnology, German-speaking war/postwar film, intersections of ethnography and German Studies, and integrating social justice teaching in a content-based language curriculum. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I am especially interested in how the ideas, people, and material things that comprise those and other cultural fields flow and transform across time, localities, and different fields of culture (literature, politics, art, etc.). My research--presented at the GSA, ACTFL, NEMLA, MMLA, SCMLA, and HSS--has been supported by fellowships from Fulbright and DAAD.





  • Intermediate German I and II (German 231, 232)
  • Understanding Narratives (German 251)
  • Exploring Non-Fiction (German 252)
  • The Author as Public Intellectual (German 371)
  • German--War--Film (German 263, in English with German FLAC section)


Selected Publications:

Amanda Randall, “From Multidisciplinary to Transdisciplinary: On the History of German Studies Review, 1978 to 2015,” German Studies Review 39, no. 3 (2016), 629-643.

Amanda Randall, “Austrian Trümmerfilm? What a Genre’s Absence Reveals about National Postwar Cinema and Film Studies,” German Studies Review 38, no. 3 (2015), 573-595.

Amanda Randall and Janet Swaffar, “The Uses of Accountability” in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in College Foreign Language Programs, eds. John Norris, John Davis, and Yukiko Watanabe (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center, 2015), 71-96.