Maiken Kaczmar received her M.A. in German and Slavic Studies from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, writing her thesis on Effi Briest and Anna Karenina. Her interests include German and Russian literature from the 19 th and 20 th century, linguistics, teaching foreign languages, film, classical music and the arts in Germany and Russia.
In addition to teaching at Columbia, she has been a language instructor in the NYU German department since 2012. She has also taught German at Miami-University, Oxford (Ohio) and the Freie Universität Berlin (European Studies Program).