Jan Uelzmann

Associate Professor of German, Associate Chair

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Swann 218
Office Hours:
THU 9-11
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Jan Uelzmann is Associate Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages. He has been serving as Associate Chair of the School since 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the recipient of the 2011 Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. Dr. Uelzmann's book Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) examines how political "founding discourses" of the nascent FRG were reflected, reinforced, and actively manufactured by the Federal government through PR films produced in conjunction with the West German newsreel system Deutsche Wochenschau. In his research, Dr. Uelzmann merges approaches from cultural history, cultural studies, film studies, and literary studies to explore questions related to postwar democratization, governmental media policies of the Adenauer period, Cold War politics, the provisional capital Bonn, and Weimar modernism. He also works on Foreign Language curriculum development and the implementation of Mobile Learning technologies in the classroom. He serves as the director of the Berlin segment of the German Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) program. His teaching lagely focuses on contemporary German culture, cultural history, film, and literature, with courses focusing on Americanization and anti-Americanism in Germany, Berlin as a site of transformation and memory in the 20th century, political songwriting, and postwar literature. Dr. Uelzmann has published widely on West German postwar cultural history, film and literature, and his articles have appeared in The German Quarterly, Monatshefte, Seminar, Colloquia Germanica, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.

  • Ph.D. Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M.A. German Literature, Texas Tech University, 2006
  • Erstes Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien (English, German), Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany, 2004
Awards and
  • Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • University Continuing Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2010
Areas of
  • 20th/21st Century German Literature
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural Studies
  • German Film
  • History


Research Fields:
  • German
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Studies Abroad
  • Europe
  • Gender
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Digital Humanities
  • Education
  • Film History and Theory
  • Foreign Policy
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Politics


  • GRMN-1002: Elementary German II
  • GRMN-2001: Intermediate German I
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3011: Germany Today
  • GRMN-4023: Select Readings-Ger Lit
  • GRMN-4025: German Culture & Film
  • GRMN-4027: Grmn Pol Songwriting
  • GRMN-4028: Americanization in FRG
  • GRMN-4061: Adv Business German I
  • GRMN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • GRMN-4691: Berlin in the 20th Cent
  • GRMN-4694: 200 Yrs of Grmn Technlgy
  • GRMN-6028: Americanization in Frg
  • GRMN-6500: Intercultural Seminar

All Publications


Journal Articles