Jenny Strakovsky

Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Career Education (Academic Professional)

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
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Dr. Jenny Strakovsky is Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Career Education at the School of Modern Languages, where she coordinates the School's three master's degree programs (M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, M.S. and BS/MS in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies) and manages the Career Education curriculum. She oversees communications and recruitment, student affairs, and community for the graduate program, and serves as the School's primary career advisor. She is also an active teaching faculty member in the German Program.

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. Her research examines concepts of happiness, human flourishing, and the meaningful life in fiction, philosophy, psychology, and education.

Currently, she teaches Career Portfolio (GMC 6003) and Professional Portfolio (SPAN/GRMN/FREN 6503), as well as the undergraduate course Career Design for Global Citizenship, open to students of any major with strong knowledge of a foreign language. She also oversees the Culture at Work graduate research assistantship program, including the cultural change management course Building Community. She is the founding co-director of the Global Career Lab, an advanced German leadership and career design program funded by the Halle Foundation. She also co-directs a transdisciplinary research studio, Atlanta Archivist, 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. 

She is co-editor of Sustainable, Engaged, Joyful: Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem, a collected volume forthcoming with MLA Press. She is also 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.


in English:

  • Career Design for Global Citizenship (Spring, BS, MS, PhD; 1 or 3 cr)
  • Career Portfolio (Fall, MS-GMC)
  • Professional Portfolio (Spring, MS-ALIS)
  • Building Community: Inclusion, Diversity, and Cultural Management (Culture at Work GRA Program)
  • Atlanta Archivist Media Production Studio (VIP Team, Atlanta Global Studies Center)

in German:

Graduate Programs:


  • Ph.D. in German Studies, Stanford University
  • B.A. in German Studies, cum laude, Dartmouth College
Awards and
  • Professor of the Year for Georgia, American Association of Teachers of German (GA Chapter), 2020
  • Innovation in Co-curricular Education Award, Georgia Tech Center for Teaching and Learning, 2020
  • Ivan Allen College Buzz Award for Distinguished Administrative Service, 2019
  • Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Stanford University Humanities Center 2015
  • Graduate Voice and Influence Fellowship, Stanford University, 2015
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, Berlin, Germany, 2009-2010
Areas of
  • Culture-Driven Career Design
  • German Literature, 19th And 20th Century
  • Humanities Education
  • The Future Of Work
  • The Psychology Of Flourishing And Happiness


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


  • FREN-6503: Professional Portfolio
  • GMC-6003: Prof Portfolio Media
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3011: Germany Today
  • GRMN-3023: Advanced German Grammar
  • GRMN-3821: Special Topics
  • GRMN-4801: Special Topics
  • GRMN-6503: Professional Portfoilio
  • ML-2811: Special Topics
  • ML-2813: Special Topics
  • ML-8801: Special Topics
  • SPAN-6503: Professional Portfolio

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