Emma Woelk has been fascinated by German language, history, and culture since she first left Austin for Berlin as a high school exchange student. She is excited to share this interest with St. Edward's students in the classroom and through Deutschklub (German Club) and study abroad opporunities. In addition to teaching language classes, she is particuarly interested in 20th-century German history, German-Jewish culture, and contemporary novels.

Year Started



  • Ph.D. in German Studies (UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University)
  • B.A. in German Studies (Vassar College)


Emma Woelk's current research focuses on the relationship between German and Yiddish literature in the 20th century, with particular focus on the years leading up to and following the Second World War. She is interested in way in which these traditions influenced each other and how this constellation shifted following the Holocaust and during the Cold War. This project looks at a diverse body of work, included dual-language theater performances, censored German novels, and Yiddish concerts in East Berlin.


  • 2014 “For a Limited Time Only: Opportunities and Challenges in Teaching Cultural History Immersively.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Boise, ID, October 9-11.
  • 2014 “Torah and Kabbalah Judaism in the Arbeiter-und-Bauernstaat.” Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21.
  • 2014 “Volksstück als Folksshtik.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York City, NY, March 20-23.
  • 2012 “The Reemergence of Yiddish in German Literature.” Duke German-Jewish Studies Workshop, Durham, NC, February 10-12.
  • 2012 “Itzik Manger und das Hackesche Hoftheater.” Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany, Düsseldorf, Germany, September 3-5.