Elisabeth Poeter

Associate Professor of German

As a native from Germany, not only has Dr. Poeter studied all around the country but all around the world. Some of her educational travels include California, Spain and her home country of Germany.

  • Ph.D, German studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • MA, comparative literature, German and Spanish, University of California at Berkeley
  • BA, Spanish language and literature, University of California at Davis


Elisabeth Poeter


Elisabeth Poeter, PhD, 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 at the University of California at Berkeley. She taught at U.C. Berkeley, Mills College and Bucknell University before joining the Stetson University faculty in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in 1995. During her tenure at Stetson University, she spent one year at the Pädagogische Hochschule (University of Education) in Freiburg, Germany where she taught courses on German women's literature and literature for children and young adults.

At Stetson University, she serves as director of the Gender Studies Program and as co-director of the university's summer program in Freiburg, Germany. She has been the recipient of the Jane Heman Language Professor Stipend and the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Areas of Expertise

  • German literature
  • Women's education in Germany

Course Sampling

  • Contemporary German Film
  • Migrations: The Culture of Border Crossings
  • Looking On: Exploring European Culture through Film
  • Voices from East and West: German Women Writers
  • Issues in German Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Contemporary Short Stories
  • 18th Century German Philosophy
  • Contemporary German Short Story
  • Survey of European Culture from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Studies in Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality
  • Capstone in Gender Studies: Crossing Borders

  • German colonialism and race
  • Minority film in German speaking countries
  • Gender and race in German cultural history
  • Women's literature in 20th century Germany
  • History of women's education

  • "Who are the Germans? Teaching Inclusiveness in Modern German Culture." In: Contemporary Approaches to World Languages and Cultures. Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press, 2015.
  • "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.