Stefanie Hofer

Stefanie Hofer

Associate Professor of German


304 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • German Cinema
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Memoirs and Post-traumatic Recovery
  • Depictions of left-wing German terrorism
  • Culture and Identity

Professional Activities

  • Member, German Studies Association
  • Member, Women in German
  • Postgraduate Student, New Directions Program, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
  • Member, VTV Family Outreach Foundation


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. University of Heidelberg, Germany

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research 2017.

    Favorite Faculty Award, Housing and Residence Life 2014 and 2017.

    Institute for Society, Culture and Environment Grant ($2,640) 2016.

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Niles Research Grant ($3,000) for the academic year 2015-2016.

    CEUT Professional Development Grant ($300) 2007.

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Research Grant ($3,000) for the academic year 2006-2007. 

    Selected Publications

    “Out of the Box: Television, Documentary Fiction, and the Art of Healing.” American Imago 74.1 (Spring 2017): 41-73. (Special Issue on “Psychoanalysis and Cultural Criticism”)

    “Memoirs and Healing: Howard Reich’s The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich read through the lens of a trauma victim.” Women in German Yearbook 31 (2015): 99-121.

    Lockout: Spacing Trauma and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings.” American Imago 72.3 (Fall 2015): 231-283.

    “‘Memory Talk’: Terrorism, Trauma and Generational Struggle in Christian Petzold’s The State I Am In and Margarethe von Trotta’s Marianne and Juliane.” Film Criticism 19.1 (Fall 2009): 36-57.

    “Das Ende der Generationseinheit von ʼ68: Schlöndorffs Die Stille nach dem Schuß.” Seminar: Journal for Germanic Studies 41.2 (May 2005): 125-148.