Elisabeth Poeter

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures (German) | Director of Gender Studies

Elisabeth Poeter, Ph.D., a native of Germany, came to the U.S. in 1975. She began her second educational career at Sacramento City College where she discovered her interest in foreign language and literature studies. Poeter spent one year at the University of Barcelona as part of her undergraduate studies in Spanish before completing her final degree in German Studies. She taught at UC Berkeley, Mills College and Bucknell University and joined the Stetson University faculty in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 1995. During her tenure at Stetson University, she spent one year at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany where she offered courses in German womens' literature and mentored students in their studies to become elementary and secondary school teachers. At Stetson University, she has served as director of the gender studies program and serves as the director of the university's summer program in Freiburg, Germany.


  • Ph.D, German Studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, German and Spanish, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of California at Davis

Course Topics

  • All levels of German language and literature studies
  • Contemporary German Cinema
  • Modern German Culture
  • Voices from the East and West: German Women Writers

Research Interests

  • Women's education in 18th century Germany
  • Religion and medicine in the 18th century
  • Representations of minorities in German literature for children and young adults


  • "Gender, Religion and Medicine in Enlightenment Germany: Dorothea Christiane Leporin's Treatise on the Education of Women." In: National Women's Studies Association Journal (2008).
  • "Fremdsein und doch dazu gehören. Grenzerfahrungen in autobiographischen Texten ausländischer Jugendlicher in Deutschland." In: Studies in Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (VI) Rollins College 2004.
  • "'The World is the Book of Woman': Gender, Knowledge and Education in 18th Century. " In: Anthropology and the German Enlightenment. Perspectives on Humanity. Bucknell Review 1995.

Elisabeth Poeter

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