Jenny Strakovsky

Assistant Director of Career Education and Graduate Programs

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  • School of Modern Languages
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Jenny Strakovsky serves as Assistant Director of Career Education and Graduate Programs and teaches in the German Program at the School of Modern Languages. She is responsible for communications, recruitment, and student advising in the School's inaugural Master's degree program, scheduled for launch in 2019.

Her work explores concepts of happiness, human flourishing, and the meaningful life in fiction, philosophy, psychology, and education. She teaches Career Design for Global Citizenship, the School's first career education course designed specifically for Modern Language students, and runs Global Career Intensive, an immersive summer leadership workshop for freshmen. She also directs a transdisciplinary research studio, 21st Century Humanities, which aims to map the role of the humanities in the 21st century world of work. 

Dr. Strakovsky earned a B.A. in German from Dartmouth College and spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship before beginning her graduate work. She earned a Ph.D. in German Studies at Stanford University, where she taught language, politics, and writing for the German Studies Department from 2011-2016. She served for six years as Coordinator of the Humanities Education Focal Group, a symposium of the Division of Literatures; Cultures; and Languages, which prepared PhD students to pursue careers in education, media, social justice, and industry. She also co-edited the 2018 Edition of Stanford's career handbook for PhDs and Postdocs, Pursuing Meaningful Work.

Her research interests in German Studies and Literary Studies span 1750-present, with a focus on human agency and identity from German Romanticism to the Cold War era. She is writing a book on the psychology of flourishing in 19th century fiction, based on her dissertation "The Search for Happiness: Gottfried Keller's Psychology of Flourishing." She has  also written on activism in post-WWII France, on censorship in/after East Germany, and most recentlly, on conscience and identity in spy fiction, such as James Bond and the FX Series The Americans.

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M.S. Programs: Graduate Program in Global Media and Cultures

  • *M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish)
  • M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (Spanish)

Course: Career Design for Global Citizenship (Spring 2019)

Workshop: Global Career Intensive

Research: VIP Team: 21st century Humanities | Apply for VIP


MLA Convention Schedule: 

  • Talk (Panel 476): "Radical Interdisciplinarity: Sustainable Models for Collaboration with STEM," with Anna Stenport, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Programs Showcase: M.S. in Global Media and Cultures. M.S. in Applied Language and Intercutlural Studies. Friday, Jan 4, 1:00-4:30 pm

For Grad Students and Emerging Professionals:

  • Workshop: Talking to Recruiters (Beyond the Elevator Pitch), Friday, Jan 4, 10:00-10:45 am
  • One-on-One Career Counseling, Saturday, January 5, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • The Showcase of Career Diversity, Saturday, January 5, 5:15-6:30 pm

* M.S. GMC is BOR approved and pending SACSCOC approval. 

  • Ph.D. in German Studies, Stanford University
  • B.A. in German Studies, cum laude, Dartmouth College
Awards and
  • Stanford Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Voice and Influence Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, 2009-2010
Areas of
  • Career Education
  • Cognitive Literary Studies
  • German Literature And Culture, 1750-present
Research Fields:
  • German
  • Creativity in Context
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Education
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Inter- and Intra-Cultural Business and Technology Practices
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Literature
  • Modernity
  • Science and Technology
  • Translation
  • GRMN-1001: Elementary German I
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3011: Germany Today
  • GRMN-3023: Advanced German Grammar
  • ML-2811: Special Topics
  • ML-2813: Special Topics
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