Sharon Weiner, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

German Studies

Office Hours: MW 12:00 - 13:00 & by appointment

Office: 324 Modern Languages Building

Phone: (404) 727-9065


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

532 S. Kilgo Circle
Modern Languages Building 324

Atlanta, Georgia 30322


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
  • Masters of Urban Planning , Columbia University, 2008
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH), Columbia University, 2008
  • M.S., Stanford University, 2004


Teaching Fields:  German language and culture, German Cinema, Austrian literature

Sharon Weiner’s research examines, from literary and clinical perspectives, questions of language and trauma.  Her dissertation focused on the unsayable in works by Ingeborg Bachmann and other post-war Austrian authors.  An ongoing grant-funded study employs qualitative interviews with psychologists to investigate the nature of unverbalized trauma in a clinical context.

Prior to joining Emory, Weiner taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, and Middlebury College German Language Summer Intensive.  She enjoys fostering an open, engaging, learner-centered environment in which students are challenged to play an active role, and she has twice received UIC’s Robert Kauf Teaching Award for Curriculum Development.  Her teaching experience includes German language, culture, and cinema – and for those who dare, Yoga auf Deutsch. 

Weiner received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017, including a year of coursework at Humboldt University in Berlin.  She hails from an interdisciplinary background, holding Masters Degrees in Public Health and Urban Planning.  She has conducted qualitative research on the transformation of public housing in Chicago and field research on sustainable development in the Dominican Republic.  She has worked in the public sector on early childhood health and in the private sector on affordable housing development.  She also spent one year traveling independently, admittedly not for work purposes, but nonetheless strengthening her passion for language learning and intercultural exchange.


“Leo Perutz, from Celebrated Novelist to Forgotten Author:  A Remigration Enigma.”  In:  Katharina Prager and Wolfgang Straub (eds.): Bilderbuch-Heimkehr? Remigration im Kontext.  Vienna: Arco Verlag.  January 2017.


  • GER 101: Beginning German
  • Beginning and Intermediate German Language (at another institution)
  • Intermediate German Culture (at another institution)
  • German Cinema (online instruction at another institution)