Jenny Strakovsky

Assistant Director of Career Education and Graduate Programs

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  • School of Modern Languages
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Jenny Strakovsky is Assistant Director of Career Education and Graduate Programs at the School of Modern Languages. She leads communications, recruitment, career advising, and student affairs in the School's master's degree programs (M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies). She also teaches Career Design and is an active teaching faculty in the German Program.  

Her research examines concepts of happiness, human flourishing, and the meaningful life in fiction, philosophy, psychology, and education. She teaches Career Design for Global Citizenship, open to students of any major with strong knowledge of a foreign language, and Global Career Lab, an advanced German leadership and career design course funded by the Halle Foundation. She also co-directs a transdisciplinary research studio, 21st Century Global Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Global Studies Center, which aims to map the transformation of Atlanta into a global city and explore the role of culture, language, and the humanities in this process. 

Dr. Strakovsky has a Ph.D. in German Studies at Stanford University, where she taught in the German Studies program and specialized in modern literature and philosophy (1750-present), history of psychology, and humanities education.

She is co-editor of the 2018 Edition of Stanford University's career handbook for PhDs and Postdocs, Pursuing Meaningful Work: A Strategies Guide, and served for 6 years as Coordinator of the Humanities Education Focal Group, a program of the Stanford Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages that prepared PhD students to pursue careers in education, media, social justice, and industry. She earned a B.A. in German Studies from Dartmouth College and spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin on a Fulbright Research Scholarship before beginning her graduate work.

In German Studies, her research interests include German romanticism and realism, philosophy of science, history of education, and post-Cold War memory studies. Her book project examines the psychology of flourishing in 19th century fiction, based on her dissertation, "The Search for Happiness: Gottfried Keller's Psychology of Flourishing." She has written on the history of trauma psychology, activism in post-WWII French theater, censorship and identity in/after East Germany, and most recently, on conscience and cultural identity in spy fiction, such as James Bond and the FX Series The Americans.


Research Team: 

in English:

  • Career Design for Global Citizenship (Spring, BS, MS, PhD; 1 or 3 cr)
  • Career Portfolio (Spring, MS-GMC)
  • Creating Community: Inclusion, Diversity, and Cultural Management (Fall, MS-GMC)

in German:

Graduate Programs:


  • 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
  • Cognitive Literary Studies
  • Culture-Driven Career Design
  • German Literature, 19th And 20th Century
  • Humanities Education


Research Fields:
  • German
  • Creativity in Context
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Education
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Inter- & Intra-Cultural Business & Technology Practices
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Literature
  • Modernity
  • Science and Technology
  • Translation


  • GMC-6003: Prof Portfolio Media
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3011: Germany Today
  • GRMN-3023: Advanced German Grammar
  • GRMN-3821: Special Topics
  • ML-2811: Special Topics
  • ML-2813: Special Topics
  • ML-8801: Special Topics

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