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 a broad array of German courses at the intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in film studies and anthropology. In my teaching and course design, I strive to integrate diverse identities and social justice perspectives into an engaging content-based language curriculum. My research interests include the history of German anthropology and folklore studies, German war/postwar film, ethnography and critical historiography. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I am interested in how ideas, people, and material things flow and transform across time, localities, and different fields of culture (literature, politics, art, etc.). My research has been presented at the GSA, ACTFL, NEMLA, MMLA, SCMLA, and HSS and has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright, DAAD, and the University of Freiburg.





  • Intermediate German I and II (German 231, 232)
  • History and Memory (German 251)
  • Contemporary Germany in Global Context (German 252)
  • Gateway to the World: Global Connections and Local Identites of Hamburg (German 253)
  • German Colonialism and Decolonization (German 272)
  • The Author as Public Intellectual (German 371)
  • German War Film (German 263, in English with German FLAC section)


Selected Publications:

Seth Peabody and Amanda Randall, “Unpacking Heimat: An Iterative Approach to Identity and Belonging for Global German Studies,” Die Unterrichtspraxis special issue on globalizing German Studies, edited by Nicole Coleman and Lisabeth Hock. (forthcoming)

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.