» Dr. Karen Gallagher
Assistant Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of World Languages and Culture
Dr. Karen Gallagher
Freshman Foundations Program
American University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Maryland College Park, Master of Arts
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. in German
Dr. Karen Gallagher is a German and Humanities scholar with extensive international teaching experience, as well as a strong background in cultural events organization and institutional fundraising. She received her Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation illuminated the life of the Austro-Hungarian writer Marie Herzfeld (1855-1940), based in part on research she carried out in Vienna as a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Gallagher then received a Fulbright teaching position in the Austrian school system, and later worked at the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. She is currently preparing her dissertation for publication.

Her current academic research interests include 19th- and 20th-century German literature and post-World War II/Cold War-era German film and culture. She has taught beginning and intermediate German language classes, Business German, Business Communication, and English as a Second Language classes, as well as Freshman Foundations courses on European literature, history, and philosophy, which included an oral history component. Most recently she co-taught a course on New German Cinema with Dr. Mary Litch.

Dr. Gallagher organized Chapman's component of the nationwide "Freedom Without Walls" campaign commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009 (with the support of the German Embassy and German Consulate General Los Angeles) and "Berlin 1948: The Candy Bomber, the Baseball Sergeant and the Airlift that Saved a City" with Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen and Sergeant Major Earl E. Albers in 2010 (sponsored by the German Consulate General Los Angeles). These events received national and international media recognition, including coverage in The Orange County Register, The Washington Post, and  in Berliner Morgenpost. Dr. Gallagher has recently co-authored the article "Freedom Without Walls: One Model for Interdisciplinarity on Campus" with Douglas Dechow and Anna Leahy. It appeared in the 2011 fall edition of the journal Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. Dr. Gallagher also played a pivotal role in Chapman University's participation in the 2011 German Embassy-sponsored "Do Deutsch" campaign to promote German language and culture involving 44 colleges and universities in the United States.
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Karen Gallagher, Douglas Dechow, and Anna Leahy. “Freedom Without Walls: One Model for Interdisciplinarity on Campus,” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, Volume 44 Number 2, 134-145.
"From a Wall to a Bridge," in the 'Chapman Inbox' section of _Chapman Magazine_, Spring issue, 2010.