Texas Tech University

Dr. Belinda Kleinhans

Associate Professor of German
CMLL Associate Chair

Office: CMLL 270

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2200-1827


Dr. Kleinhans' research is located at the intersection of philosophy and literature within a posthumanist and poststructuralist framework and investigates how discourses of exclusion, discrimination and violence against (animal) others are expressed and countered in literature. Research interests are in the areas of biopolitics in literature, posthuman ethics, Literary Animal Studies, zoopoetics, German comics, as well as in Genocide Studies.

For an updated list of publications, please see https://ttu.academia.edu/BelindaKleinhans.



Dr. Kleinhans teaches German language courses on all levels which are created around skill-based approaches to German language instruction that include transferable skills usually not associated with language instruction. Dr. Kleinhans also teaches courses on all aspects of German culture which are based on multimodal reading skills and project-based learning and approach German-language literary texts through adaptations.

Courses Commonly Taught

Grad Level:

  • CMLL 5309: Representations of Genocides
  • GERM 5321: Seminar in Modern German Literature: Reading Animals
  • GERM 5315: German-language Literature & Culture in the West 1945-1989
  • GERM 5312: Weimar Republic and Exile Literature
  • CMLL 5309: German Literature in the 19th Century

Undergrad Level:

  • GERM 2312: The Holocaust in Literature and Film

  • GERM 2302: A Second Course in German II

  • GERM 3303: Conversation and Composition

  • GERM 3304: Introduction to Literature

  • GERM 4302: German Grammar

  • GERM 4303: German Classics

  • GERN 4306: German Culture in Theory and Practice

  • GERM 4309: Business German

Select Honors & Awards

  • Member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy (since 2022)
  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University (2022)
  • Texas Tech Pi Beta Phi Faculty Appreciation Award (2019 & 2020)
  • Professing Excellence Award, Texas Tech University (2018)
  • Texas Tech Humanities Center Alumni College Fellow, Texas Tech University, Humanities Center (2017 & 2021)
  • CAUTG Prize for Best Canadian Dissertation in German Studies (2015)
  • Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award – Sessional category (2014; University of Manitoba)

Conference Organization

2021    Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, University of Alberta, Canada (May 30-June 2, 2021) – virtual conference

2020    Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, Western University, Ontario, Canada (scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2020; cancelled last minute due to COVID-19)

2019    Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, University of British Columbia, Canada (May 31-June 3, 2019)

2019    Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (21-23 March 2019)

2018    Animals in the Humanities – Working Group Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (18-19 April, 2018)


Ph.D., German Studies, University of Waterloo (ON, Canada) 2013
Magister Artium, German Studies and Philosophy, Universität Mannheim (Germany) 2008
M.A., German Studies, University of Waterloo (ON, Canada) 2007


IDI ® (Intercultural Development Inventory) Qualified Administrator since 2019

The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) assesses intercultural competence—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Intercultural competence has been identified as a critical capability in a number of studies focusing on overseas effectiveness of international sojourners, international business adaptation and job performance, international student adjustment, international transfer of technology and information, international study abroad, and inter-ethnic relations within nations.

Contact Information

Belinda Kleinhans, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures
Box 42071
Lubbock, TX 79409




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