Texas Tech University

Dr. Belinda Kleinhans

Associate Professor of German
Department Associate Chair

Dr. Belinda Kleinhans teaches courses on German language and culture, genocide and violence, as well as the Holocaust. Her research focuses on how discourses of exclusion, discrimination and violence against (animal) others are expressed and countered in literature. Her research interests are in the areas of biopolitics in literature, posthuman ethics, cultural and literary animal studies, zoopoetics, German comics, as well as in violence and genocide studies. She has published several refereed articles and book chapters in the field of cultural animal studies, combining literary analysis, ethics and animal studies. She is currently the Vice Program Director for the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG). In that role, she is co-organizing the 2019 and 2020 annual CAUTG conference, which is part of the annual Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada.

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

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


Teaching / Courses

Grad Level Undergrad Level
- CMLL 5309: Representations of Genocides - GERM 2312: Literature of the Holocaust
- GERM 5321: Seminar in Modern German Literature: Reading Animals - GERM 2302
- GERM 5315: Literature of Divided Germany - GERM 3303: Conversation and Composition
- GERM 5312: Weimar Republic and Exile Literature - GERM 3306: Study Abroad in Munich
- CMLL 5309: German Literature in the 19th Century - GERM 4302: German Grammar
  - GERM 4303: German Classics
  - GERN 4306: German Culture in Theory and Practice
  - GERM 4309: Business German


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.

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Service Learning Faculty Fellow, Texas Tech University, TLPDC
  • 2019 Certificate in Global Scholarship for the 21st Century, Texas Tech University
  • 2018 Professing Excellence Award, Texas Tech University
  • 2017 Texas Tech Alumni College Fellow, Texas Tech University, Humanities Center
  • 2017 Humanities Center faculty Fellow, Texas Tech University
  • 2015 Institute for Inclusive Excellence Fellow, Texas Tech University
  • 2015 CAUTG Prize for Best Canadian Dissertation in German Studies
  • 2014 Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award – Sessional category (University of Manitoba)
  • 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo, ON
  • 2013 Cecilia and George Piller Graduate Research Award (Waterloo Centre for German Studies, University of Waterloo, ON
  • 2010 Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, University of Waterloo, ON

Conference Organization

  • 2020 Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, Western University, Ontario, Canada (May 30-June 1, 2019)
  • 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. in German (focus: literature and cultural studies), University of Waterloo (ON, Canada) 2013

Dissertation title: Mit Texttieren jenseits der Grenze des Schweigens sprechen. Sprachkrise, Machtdiskurse, und eine Poetologie des Offenen in der deutschsprachigen Nachkriegsliteratur am Beispiel Wolfdietrich Schnurres, Günter Eichs und Ilse Aichingers (Speaking with textual animals beyond the limits of silence. Crisis of language, power discourses, and a poetology of the open in German postwar literature); Advisor: Dr. Alice Kuzniar

Magister Artium in German Studies and Philosophy, Universität Mannheim (Germany) 2008

Thesis title: Selbst-Identität im existentialistischen Spannungsfeld: Geworfen in Welt, Gesellschaft und Sprache. Ingeborg Bachmanns Erzählband Das dreißigste Jahr (Identity in the midst of existentialist tension: Being thrown into the world, society and language. Ingeborg Bachmann's narrative cycle The Thirtieth Year); advisor: Dr. Uwe C. Steiner

M.A. in German Studies (focus: literature), University of Waterloo (ON, Canada) 2007

Thesis title: Geworfen in Welt, Gesellschaft und Sprache. Existentialismus und Identität in Ingeborg Bachmanns Erzählband Das dreißigste Jahr (Being thrown into the world, society, and language. Existentialism and identity in Ingeborg Bachmann's narrative cycle The Thirtieth Year); advisor Dr. David John

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Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures
Box 42071
Lubbock, TX 79409




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