Dr Michelle Rene Eley

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Assistant Professor

  • Email: mreley@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-9296
  • Address:
    Box 8106
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695


My curiosity about German language and culture was instigated by a German exchange student who had landed next to me in a high school band class. I spent the majority of my undergraduate studies as a STEM major taking German courses for fun and had wonderfully enriching (and ridiculously fun) study abroad experiences in Jyväskylä, Finland and Tübingen, Germany. German Studies won me over; I earned my BA in German from UNC-Asheville and a PhD in German Studies from Duke University. Over the years, I've lived in a number of German cities, including Berlin, Neuenkirchen (NRW), Tübingen, and Essen.

Teaching and Research Interests

My primary research areas are Black German studies and German film and television. My current work is focused on narratives of German identity, whiteness, and Blackness in motion pictures and intersects with critical race and gender studies. I am also interested in curricular diversity, foreign language pedagogy, and critical media literacy.

My teaching interests include film, 20th and 21st century cultural activism, translation, phonetics and morphology, syntax, and etymology.


  • PhD in German Studies from Duke University
  • BA in German from University of North Carolina - Asheville