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Olin Center
Medford, MA 02155

Annie Pfeifer
Assistant Professor of German Program

B.A., Columbia University
M.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., Yale University

Research Interests
19th and 20th Century Literature, Literary Theory, Aesthetics, Visual and Material Culture, and Museum Studies.

Annie Pfeifer is an Assistant Professor of German Studies at Tufts University. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century German and comparative literature, with a special interest in literary theory, aesthetics, visual and material culture, new materialism, and museum studies. She is currently completing her book manuscript on modernist practices of collecting. She has forthcoming articles in The New German Critique, German Life and Letters, and the collected volume Que(e)rying Consent. Together with Reto Sorg, the Director of the Robert Walser Center in Switzerland, she is editing a collection of essays on Robert Walser's penchant for walking. Most recently, her editorials have appeared in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times.

Before coming to Tufts, Annie Pfeifer taught at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2015-2016) and at the University of Bern in Switzerland (2014-2015). She received her Ph.D. from Yale's Department of Comparative Literature in 2015.


  • "A Collector in a Collectivist State: Walter Benjamin's Russian Toy Collection," New German Critique #133, February 2018
  • "Sardanapalus's Hoard: Consent and Queer Possession," in Que(e)rying Consent, edited by Keja Valens and Jordana Greenblatt, Rutgers University Press, forthcoming in 2018
  • "Female Forms of Fortbewegung," in Spazieren Muß ich Unbedingt, ed. by Reto Sorg and Annie Pfeifer, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, forthcoming in October 2018
  • "Our White Hands," Iran and Germany's 1968 in Iran and the West, I.B. Taurus, forthcoming in September 2018
  • "Between Hysteria and Heimweh: Heidi's Homesickness," in German Life and Letters, forthcoming in 2019
  • "About But Not For Children: Latency and Guilt in Narratives of Formation," Transverse, the University of Toronto Journal for Comparative Literature, "Idle/Stasis" issue, October 2013
  • "Kenny Rivero: The Artist as Collector," Yale University MFA Painting & Printmaking, May 2012
  • "Oswald Spengler," The Modernism Lab at Yale University, Fall 2009
  • "Katherine Mansfield's Modernist Aesthetic," The Modernism Lab at Yale University, Fall 2009