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Sara Budarz, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, German
Dept of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Phone: 210-458-5227
Office: MH 4.02.06
Office hours: M 2:00-4:00 PM W 11:00-12:00 PM

  • Biography

    Dr. Sara Budarz joins the faculty at UTSA, coming to us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a faculty member for the past two years and where she also received her PhD in German Languages and Literatures in 2014.  Originally from the gorgeously picturesque town of Königstein im Taunus near Frankfurt, she tries to return to Germany for work and to see family and friends as often as possible. Recently, she has spent time abroad in Berlin on a research fellowship, as well as calling the city home during the summer months, and at UTSA plans to create a summer study abroad program in Berlin, which will launch in the summer of 2017. A lover of languages, travel, and adventure, she has also lived in Barcelona, Spain, conducting research and unofficially searching for the best café con leche in town. She has also lived in many cities in Germany, ranging from the windy and wet yet beautiful Kiel to the sunny, castle-dominated Heidelberg. If you have any questions about study abroad, or simply want to talk about how to craft a great travel itinerary, come talk to her.   


    Dr. Budarz focuses her research on modernist literature, specializing in the literature of the Weimar Republic. For her dissertation, she examined the interplay of architectural reform movements and individual’s experiences of interior spaces as they played out in the literature of Weimar Germany, grounding her research in spatial and gender theory. She is particularly interested in the production of interior space and how changes in the design of homes and offices led to a displacement of women. An ongoing fascination with urban space, along with her deep love of all things Berlin (even despite the horrible weather there), continues to lead to new areas of interest as well, including German-Turkish documentary films and 21st-century, post-reunification literature.


    As a teacher, she has taught across the curriculum, with courses ranging from introductory German language courses to upper-level content-based courses, including a literature course that spanned from Martin Luther to the present.  She has also taught at Middlebury’s German Summer School immersion program in Vermont and in the Gender Studies department at UNC-CH. At UTSA, she will be teaching both language and content courses, including a course in English in Spring 2017 which will offer a cultural and literary history of Berlin.  


    She is also deeply interested and invested in second-language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy, and is currently co-authoring a new edition of Weiter geht’s for the intermediate language classroom along with colleagues at UNC-CH and Hope College, which is slated to be published in Fall 2017.


    Dr. Budarz is also the faculty advisor for the German club. 


    • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2014)
    • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2009)
    • B.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2003)
  • Recent Courses

    • Young and restless: Berlin, the hipster capital. German 4003 (Spring 2017), an interdisciplinary course focusing on the history, architecture, and literature of Berlin since 1900
    • German 2013, a third-semester intermediate language class
    • German 1014, a first-semester introductory language class
  • Research in Progress

    Research Interests:

    • 20th- and 21st-Century Literature
    • Modernism
    • New Objectivity
    • Literature of the Weimar Republic
    • Gender and Sexuality Studies
    • Spatial and Sound Theory
    • Architecture and Urban Space
    • Film, Queen Cinema, and Documentary Studies
    • Street Art
    • Transcultural Studies
    • Second Language Acquisition
  • Recent Publications


    • Co-author of the upcoming 2nd and fully revised edition of Weiter geht’s Intermediate German Language and Culture. Evia Publishing, forthcoming.


    • Content author for 3rd edition of Auf geht’s Beginning German Language and Culture. Evia Publishing, 2016.


    Book Reviews:

    • Irmgard Keun: Zeit und Zitat. Narrative Verfahren und literarische Autorschaft im Gesamtwerk (2014) by Beate Kennedy. In: German Studies Review (forthcoming). 



    • “Condemning Berlin’s Streets: Situating Violence in Aysun Bademsoy’s Ehre.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference: Lexington, KY. Apr 2015. 


    • “Zeichen an der Wand: Graffiti und Straßenkunst in Berlin.” Duke University Auf Deutsch, bitte! Lecture Series: Durham, NC. Nov 2014.


    • “Hurting [My]Self: Self-Violence in Weimar Literature.” German Studies Association Annual Conference: Denver, CO. October 2013. 


    • “When ‘Coming Home’ Means Nothing: The Impact of Design Movements on the Notion of the Home in Weimar Literature.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference: Boston, MA. March 2013.


    • “At Home? An Investigation into Interior Spaces in 1920s Berlin.” Carolina-Duke Works in Progress Symposium: Durham, NC. December 2012.