Jeffrey Luppes

Jeffrey Luppes

Chair, Associate Professor, German

Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3225
(574) 520-4229


PhD German Studies, University of Michigan, 2010.

MA Political Science (Emphasis in Trans-Atlantic Studies), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2001.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Luppes teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture. His favorite courses to teach are beginning language classes. His greatest joy as a teacher is helping students discover what they find most fascinating about German culture.

Dr. Luppes is the faculty advisor for the German Club and he has initiated a weekly German conversation table held on campus.

Study Abroad Participation

Co-led the Berlin/Arzberg trip with Dr. Lisa Zwicker, 2018

Research Interests

Dr. Luppes loves to read and write about German cultural history. In particular, he is interested in topics at the intersection of history, culture, and politics, especially memory culture. Currently, he is working on projects related to representations of German wartime suffering, including the revision of his dissertation (“To Our Dead: Local Expellee Monuments and the Contestation of German Postwar Memory”) for publication.

He is also interested in Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the films of Fatih Akin, Der Zauberberg, German postwar literature, conceptions of Heimat and German identity, as well as German sports.

Recent publications

  • “Commemorating the Lost Heimat: Germans as Kulturträger on the Monuments of the Danube Swabians,” in Chris Molnar and Mirna Zakic (Eds.) From Berlin to the Bosporus: Entangled German-Balkan Histories in the 20th Century. (Submitted May 31, 2017; Forthcoming).

  • The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border. Yuliya Komska. German Politics and Society, Vol. 35 Issue 1, Spring 2017, pp. 83-85.

  • Hi Hitler. How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld. German Politics and Society, Vol. 34 Issue 2, Summer 2016, pp. 103-105.

  • “Mission Accomplished? Erika Steinbach and the Center Against Expulsions in Berlin,” German Politics and Society. Vol. 33 No. 3 (Autumn 2015), pp. 80-87.

  • Land der unbegrenzten (erinnerungspolitischen)Möglichkeiten? Die Vertriebenendenkmäler außerhalb von Cleveland und Saint Louis,” in A. Demshuk & T. Weger (eds.) Cultural Landscapes: Transatlantische Perspektiven auf Wirkungen und Auswirkungen deutscher Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa. (Oldenburg: Federal Institute for Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe (BKGE), 2015), pp. 247-264.
  • Representing the “Good German” in Literature and Culture after 1945: Altruism and Moral Ambiguity. Pól Ó Dochartaigh and Christiane Schönfeld, eds. Gegenwartsliteratur. A German Studies Yearbook. 14 (2015), pp. 367-369.

  • “The Aesthetics of Collective Innocence: Shifting Narratives about Flight and Expulsion after Ostpolitik,” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Special Issue: Representations of War Experiences from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. Ed. Stephan Jaeger and Susanne Vees-Gulani. 50.1 (February 2014), pp. 83-103.

  • Beyond Political Correctness: Remapping German Sensibilities in the 21st Century. Christine Anton & Frank Pilipp (eds.) M/MLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. 45, 1, (2013): 95-98.