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Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College

Faculty - Karin Beck

Karin BeckE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7403
Office: Carman Hall, Room 259A
Rank: Associate Professor/Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities
Degrees: M.A., Freie Universitat Berlin; Ph.D., Columbia University

Karin Beck received her M.A. in Slavic Literatures, Political Science, and East European History from the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her M.Phil. in Russian and Czech Literatures, and her Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures, from Columbia University. She has also studied at Leningrad University, Moscow State University, Charles University (Prague), and the University of Potsdam. She taught at Columbia Univesrsity before becoming Professor of Humanities and Director of the College at Leuphana University in Germany. Prior to coming to Lehman, she was Acting Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Kean University, NJ.


  • Foreign Languages in Dostoevsky’s Works,” in Dostoevsky in Context, eds. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • Attention, Awareness, Discipline and Effort" (co-authored with Ingrid Scharlau), in Die liberal Arts und ein College in Deutschland. Bildung und Hochschule. Impulse fuer Studium und Lehre am Beispiel des Leuphana College, eds. Karin Beck, Thorsten Bothe, et al. 2016. 17-29
  • Der Einstieg ins Studium als Gemeinschaftsaufgabe. Das Leuphana Semester”, co-authored with A. Jürgens, C. Blohm, and S. Prien-Ribcke, in Einführung in die Studiengangentwicklung, eds. Tobina Brinker and Peter Tremp. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann, 2012. 147-155
  • The Emperor Has No Voice! How Napoleon Fails to Do Things With Words in War and Peace.”Tolstoy Studies Journal, 2009, 1-14