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David J. Sellinger

Teaching Assistant of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Distinctions / Awards



2017 – M.A. in German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014 – B.A. in German and French, Central Michigan University


Intended Concentrations:

• Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies

• Religious Studies Minor

• Queer Studies Minor



David is a first-year PhD student in German. After receiving his BA in German and French from Central Michigan University, he moved to Illinois to begin his MA and PhD with the intention of pursuing a career in academia as a Professor of German. 


Research Interests

Literature focus:

• Medieval, Renaissance


• Religious Studies

     →Christianity; Non-Trinitarianism; Christian Mysticism

• Queer Studies, Gender/Men's Studies

     →Trans* Studies; Asexuality in Literature

• Anarchist Studies

     →Communoanarchism, Christian Anarchism

• Artificial languages (esp. Ido, Volapük)


Conference Presentations

"The Gaze and the Creation of Love: the Gaze and minne in Hartmann’s von Aue Iwein." 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies (Graduate Student Conference), University of Minnesota, March 2018.


  • GER101 - Beginning German I (F15, S16)
  • GER102 - Beginning German II (S17)
  • GER103 - Intermediate German I (F17)