Valerie Greenberg, Germanic & Slavic, Tulane University

Valerie Greenberg

Professor of German and former Dean of Newcomb College


Dean Valerie Greenberg earned her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in German and Comparative Literature. She received her M.A. in German and Comparative Literature from Duke University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Boston University's overseas branch in Stuttgart, Germany. Dean Greenberg has also studied at the University of Munich, Univerity of Tübingen, and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

Before coming to Tulane, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983-86) and Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University (1985-86). She joined the Tulane University Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages in 1986, was a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in the fall of 1996, and became Dean of Newcomb College in 1997.
Her research interests include late 19th- and early 20th-century German-language culture and the cultural history of science. She has authored or co-edited the following books:

  • Literature and Sensibilities in the Weimar Era: Short Stories in the "Neue Rundschau" (1982);
  •  Transgressive Readings. The Texts of Franz Kafka and Max Plank (1990);
  • Co-editor with Sander Gilman, Jutta Birmele, and Jay Geller of Reading Freud's Reading (1994); and
  • Freud and His Aphasia. Language and the Sources of Psychoanalysis (1997, also translated for publication in Japan).

Dean Greenberg served on the editorial board of PMLA from 1993-95. In addition to other honors and awards, she has received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1993), Newcomb College Mortar Board Honor Society "Salute for Excellence in Teaching" (1992) and "for Commendable Teaching" (1995), and Tulane Honors Professor of the Year (1990).