May-Chu, Karolina
maychu@uwm.eduCurtin Hall 894

May-Chu, Karolina

Assistant Professor
FLL - German - General


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, German Studies
  • MA, University of Potsdam, Germany

Currently, I am working on a book project based on my dissertation that examines German and Polish literary relations. My particular interest is in how different and intersecting kinds of borders and border experiences are represented in contemporary fiction.

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century German literature and culture
  • German-Polish literary relations
  • Border studies and migration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • World literature

Teaching Interests

  • All levels of German language instruction
  • Film and Media
  • Migration
  • Contemporary German-language Literature

Selection of Courses Taught

  • Borders and Border Crossers: Guest Workers, Migrants, and “Others” in Contemporary German Film (Ger 415: Topics in German Civilization)
  • Current Issues in German-Language Media (Ger 415: Topics in German Civilization)
  • Analysis of German Texts (Ger 333)
  • First and second year German language courses

Other Relevant Activities


  • UWM German Program “Book of the Year” Initiative 2018
  • Organizer, UWM German Program student exhibit
  • Member, “Women in German HerStory Project” aimed at creating an online archive for the Coalition of Women in German (WiG)


May-Chu, K. “Von Grenzlandliteratur zur Poetik der Grenze: Deutsch-polnische Transiträume und die kosmopolitische Imagination.” Eds. Withold Bonner and Sabine Egger. Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik 7.2 (2016): 85-99.
May-Chu, K. “The Concept of the East in Hans Christian Schmid’s Film Lichter (2003).” Travelling Concepts, Metaphors, and Narratives: Literary and Cultural Studies in an Age of Interdisciplinary Research. Sibylle Baumbach, Beatrice Michaelis, Ansgar Nünning (eds.). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012. 221-232.