Ekaterina Pirozhenko

Senior Lecturer, Advising Dean, MMUF Administrative Director


Dr. Pirozhenko is a senior lecturer in the Department of German Studies, Advising Dean in College of Arts and Sciences, and MMUF Administrative Director. She joined Cornell University in August 2013, after teaching and mentoring in the Honors College and in the Germanic Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Office Hours
M 8:00-9:00 & by appointment in Klarman Hall KG17

Research Focus

  • masculinities in fairy tale movies
  • contemporary German-language writers with transnational background
  • Plautdietsch speaking Mennonites in Chihuahua 





  • "Gendered Experience in the Concentration Camp and the Construction of the Kapo Identity in Edgia's Revenge by Chava Rosenfarb."  Canadian Jewish Studies/Études juives canadiennes 18-19 (2010-2011): 179-206.
  • "Flâneuse, Body, and The City: Magic in Yoko Tawada's Opium für Ovid. Ein Kopfkissenbuch von 22 Frauen."  Colloquia Germanica 41.4 (2008): 329-56.

Selected Presentations:

  • “Mirror Mirror on the Wall Who Is Active of Them All: Teaching Students to Revise Snow White’s Stepmother as an Agent.” WiG/AATG Sponsored Session Women and Material Objects in the Fairy Tale World: Feminist Work in New Materialism. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Boston, MA, November, 19, 2016.
  • “Alina Bronsky’s Broken Glass Park: Russian National Identity in the Russian Ghetto in a German City.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Detroit, MI, November 14th, 2014.
  • “Bourgeois Sensibility, Pornography, and Chess in German Women Literature.” South-Central Modern Language Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, October 5, 2013.
  • “Men, Women, and Border-Crossing: Birgit Vanderbeke and German Literature.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Cincinnati, OH, November 9, 2012.
  • “Meeting and Resisting Expectations of Others: Performative Acts in Yoko Tawada’s The Shadow Man.” Women in German 36th Annual Conference, Augusta, MI, October 22, 2011.