Independent Minds, Working Together
Sara Jackson

Sara Jackson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: German
Phone: 330-263-1956
Office Address: Kauke 231


  • B.A., University of Oregon 2002
  • M.A., University of Oregon 2004
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan 2013

Courses Taught

  • German Language
  • Theater & Drama
  • Introduction to German Film

Professional Memberships

  • German Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • PSi - Performance Studies international


In her dissertation Jackson analyzes constructions and performances of deadly and dangerous women in German text and performance around 1900. Her interdisciplinary research incorporates dramatic literature and theatrical performance, as well as texts from the modern sciences (criminology, sexology, psychology), and the women's movement. The dissertation closely examines actresses as active participants in this discourse complex. Currently Jackson is developing articles for publication from her dissertation project. She is focusing on the collaboration between Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt and the actress Gertrud Eysoldt, with particular attention to their 1903 production of Hofmannsthal's Elektra. A second essay analyses the trope of the femme fatalein criminological and sexological texts from the turn of the century.


Jackson completed her undergraduate and master's studies in her home state of Oregon, and moved to Michigan for her doctoral degree. She has spent time teaching, studying and conducting research in Germany in Berlin, Hamburg and Ludwigsburg. Her primary areas of research and teaching interest are theater, drama and performances studies, the history of the actress, women's and gender studies, fin-de-siècle cultural studies with an emphasis on modern scientific disciplines, and classical reception.