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Nina Berman

School Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202

Nina Berman is the director of and a professor in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. Her research areas include globalization studies, humanitarianism, tourism, German orientalism and colonialism, Germans in Africa, and intercultural hermeneutics. She joined ASU in 2016.

Professor Berman's has held previous teaching appointments at The Ohio State University (2001-2016), the University of Texas at Austin (1994-2001), and a guest professorship at Georg-August Universität, Göttingen (2014). 

She has written four books, most recently "Germans on the Kenyan Coast: Land, Charity, and Romance" (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017) and published numerous book chapters, review articles, book reviews, and articles. She speaks German, Arabic, French and Kiswahili. 

  • Ph.D. Department of German, University of California-Berkeley 1994. Dissertation: Orientalismus, Kolonialismus und Moderne: Zum Bild des Orients in der deutschen Kultur um 1900. Committee: Anton Kaes (director), W. Daniel Wilson, David Lloyd. 1994
  • M.A. Department of German, San Francisco State University 1989
  • B.A. Zwischenprüfung in German, Arabic, and History, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany 1983
Research Interests

globalization studies; humanitarianism; tourism; German orientalism and colonialism; Germans in Africa; intercultural hermeneutics


Selected publications

Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 593Applied Project
SLC 602Comparative Cultural Theory
SLC 690Reading and Conference
SLC 790Reading and Conference
SLC 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 790Reading and Conference
SLC 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 690Reading and Conference
SLC 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 551Global Approaches to Trans
SLC 790Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards

Outstanding Academic Title 2012, Choice, for German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011. 323 pp.  Paperback 2013.


Educational Partnerships Program (Syria), US Department of State, 2006; Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 2003 and 2004; President’s Associates Teaching Award, UT Austin, 1999; Dean’s Fellow, UT Austin, 1997: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Summer Research Grant, 1996.


German Colonialism Revisited: African, Asian, and Oceanic Experiences. Edited by Nina Berman, Klaus Mühlhahn, and Patrice Nganang (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014).

Work History

PhD (University of California at Berkeley, 1994). Professor of International Letters and Cultures; School of International Letters and Cultures, Director, Arizona State University. Previous teaching appointment: Ohio State University, 2001-2016; University of Texas at Austin, 1994-2001. Guest professor: Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, June 2014.