Regine Criser, Ph.D.

Director of Student Success and Associate Professor of German

Contact Information

  • 258-7714
  • 006 Ramsey Library

Office Hours

  • Monday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note: Or by appointment.


I'm Regine Criser and I'm the Director of Student Success here at UNCA. I joined UNCA in 2013 as a faculty member in the Department of Languages and Literatures and still enjoy teaching, mostly First-Year Seminars and German classes. I moved to the United States from Germany in 2006 and earned my M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas and my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. 

When I'm not working in the Academic Success Center, I enjoy reading, puzzling, cooking, and of course spending time with my family!


  • Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Germanic Languages and Literatures
    University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • German 250 The Grimm's Fairy Tales in Their European Context
  • Holocaust and Literature
  • Das Jahr 1989 in der deutschen Literatur
  • German 260 The Holocaust in Context
  • German 101-102 Elementary German
  • German 103 Intermediate German

This faculty member teaches in UNC Asheville's Humanities Program.

Professional Interests

  • Literature of the GDR and cultural representations of post-1989 Germany
  • Contemporary transnational debates about belonging and Heimat
  • Artistic representations of the Holocaust

Recent Publications

  • "Narrative Topographies in Christa Wolf's oeuvre." Christa Wolf:A Companion. Eds. Sonja Klocke, Jennifer R. Hosek.De Gruyter: forthcoming Fall 2017. (Series: Companions to Contemporary German Culture).
  • "Disruptions of the Archive: Renegotiating German History in Autobiographical Fiction after 1989." Edinburg German Yearbook . 9, 179-194, 2015. Print.
  • "Zwischen Anpassung und Instrumentalisierung: Hybride Lebensnarrative in der deutschen Literatur nach 1989." [Between Adaptation and Exploitation: Hybrid Life Narratives in post-1989 German Literature] Narrative kultureller Identität - Ostdeutsche Erinnerungsdiskurse nach 1989. Eds. E. Goudin-Steinmann, C. Hähnel-Mesnard, Berlin: Frank & Tamme Verlag, 199-212, 2013. Print.