Program Director, Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder Green and Gold Professor of German

Prof. Helga Schreckenberger is a native of Vienna, Austria. She joined the Department of German and Russian in 1986 and has been Chair of the Department since July 2009. From 2000-2007 she served as director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Vermont. She also served as the resident director of the Department's Junior Year Abroad Program in Salzburg, Austria (1996/97 and 1999/2000).

At UVM, she teaches at all levels of German language, as well as numerous courses in German language literature and culture. Her recent course offerings include Fatal Attractions: Love and Death in 18th and 19th Century German Literature, Taking Flight: Tales of Exile and Migration (exploring migratory experiences into and out of Germany) and People of Color in German and Austria (tracing the experiences of Black Germans and Austrians throughout the twentieth century to the present) She also teaches courses in Holocaust Studies (The Legacy of the Holocaust) and the Honors College (The Texture of Memory).

Research and/or Creative Works

Prof. Schreckenberger's research activities focus on 20th century Austrian literature, particularly on post-1945 authors. She has co-authored a monograph on Gerhard Roth, and has published on Ruth Beckermann, Lilian Faschinger, Wolf Haas, Peter Henisch, Felix Mitterer, Julya Rabinowich, Elisabeth Reichart, Arthur Schnitzler, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Vladimir Vertlib. Her second area of research is exile and migration studies. Her publications in this area include articles on Lisa Fittko, Lili Grün, Joseph Hahn, Irmgard Keun, Emil Ludwig, Erika Mann, Hertha Pauli, Erich Maria Remarque, Egon Schwarz, and Arnold Zweig as well as the editions, Aesthetiken des Exils (2003); Die Alchemie des Exils (2005) and Networks of Refugees from Nazi-Germany (2016). She also co-edited the volumes Erste Briefe/First Letters aus dem Exil 1945-1950 (2011), and Exile and Shoah (2016 Her current book research projects focus on the depiction of migrant experiences by Austrian and German writers.

Recent articles include “‘Ich lebe jetzt zwei ganz getrennte Lebenʼ: Negotiating Cultural Identity in Alya Rakhmanova’s Milchfrau in Ottakring,”Journal of Austrian Studies (2021) and  “‘Dort, wo die Logik versagtʼ--The Role of Coincidence in Dimitré Dinev’s Engelszungen (2003),” Monatshefte (2022).

Awards and Recognition

Professor Schreckenberger holds the Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder Green and Gold Professorship. Other awards include grants from the UVM Humanities Center (2014), the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (2011), the Lattie F. Coor Faculty Development Award (2011), and a NEH Grant to participate in the Summer Institute at Stanford University (2009).

In 2000/2001 she was selected to attend the HERS Management Institute at Wellesley College.

Helga Schreckenberger Chair; Professor of German

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Modern Austrian Literature, Exile Literature


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1985


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