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).