Hans Gabriel

ProfessorDivision of Liberal Arts
Hans Gabriel

On the one hand, I try to connect what I teach to predictable practical paths students can take in their arts careers and lives. On the other hand, I present what I teach as a jumping-off point into the unknown; as an inspiration for students to consider possibilities in their arts and in their lives that neither they nor I can anticipate. I simply try to engage students in such a way that they (A) feel motivated and empowered to continue to seek their own answers for the questions raised in the courses, (B) develop their ability to do so in written and oral expression, interaction and communication, and (C) realize the potential that A and B can have to enhance their art and their lives.

The background I provide students gives them a context and a perspective on their art and lives that others may not have. It also can allow them to live and work in German-speaking Europe.

I received my B.A. in German and Spanish with distinction from UNC Chapel Hill, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, with additional study at the Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, Universidad de Sevilla, Universität Tübingen, and Freie Universität Berlin. Ongoing education/professional development includes participation in and presentations at numerous seminars on culture and pedagogy in Austria and Germany and NEH Summer Seminars in Vienna (2001) and on Translation in the Humanities (2013). Other teaching appointments while at the UNCSA have been at Wake Forest University, as a visiting faculty, and as a faculty member at Middlebury College in the Deutsche Sommerschule (German Summer Language School).

Scholarly publications and presentations include articles and conference papers on Grillparzer, Musil, Hofmannsthal, Mörike, Freytag, Stifter, Keller, Berthold Auerbach, German-language Realism, narrative structure and the German-language Novelle.  Scholarly interests within the 19th and 20th centuries include Austrian literature and culture, narrative theory, music and film in and in relation to literature and intellectual history.

I have taught language and culture courses in German from the first- to third-year college level and a variety of humanities and literature courses in English translation on 19th- and 20th century German-language literature and culture (Romanticism, Realism, Viennese Fin-de-Siecle, German Expressionism in Literature and Film, Nietzsche and German-language Drama, 20th-century German-language Drama, Pre-modern, Modern and Postmodern Narrative Structure).

I organize a popular weekly “Stammtisch,” or German conversation table, at a local brewpub as an opportunity for UNCSA students to speak and connect with other German-speakers from the community and from other local colleges and universities in German. 

Study Abroad & UNCSA in Germany
I am very interested in establishing study abroad opportunities for UNCSA students. I assist students annually in their efforts to study and work abroad. More formally, I have participated in all aspects of the Fulbright campus review process as the campus advisor, the campus committee chair, and as a campus review committee member. I am working to establish formalized institutional study abroad opportunities at the UNCSA, which has led me to the develop student trips to Germany and Austria that include collaboration with colleagues here and with colleagues, students and arts professionals in Germany and Austria.

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award – May 2015
  • UNC School of the Arts Excellence in Teaching Award – January 2015


  • North Carolina and National Association of Teachers of German (NCAATG & AATG)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA)
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS)
  • Association of Literary Critics, Scholars and Writers (ALCSW)
  • Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association (MALCA), now Austrian Studies Association (ASA)


Ph.D in German Language & LiteratureUniversity of Virginia

M.A. in German Language & LiteratureUniversity of Virginia

B.A. German & SpanishUNC-Chapel Hill