Sara Budarz joins Middlebury for the first time in the summer of 2014. She is currently on a dissertation completion fellowship and living in Berlin while working on completing her dissertation, with a defense date in May 2014. Her research examines the interplay of architectural reform movements and individual's experiences of interior spaces as they are depicted in the literature of Weimar Germany. She received her MA in German Literature from UNC-CH in 2009, with a thesis which examined the appearance of religious imagery in film and literature concerning itself with terrorism and war trauma. Coming from a multi-cultural finnish-american background and growing up near Frankfurt am Main, she has firsthand knowledge and an appreciation of the concept of being other and belonging to no single culture or location. It was however also an upbringing which instilled within her a love for the idiosyncrasies and complex beauty of cultures and languages and inspires her teaching to this day. In her free time, she loves going in search of new adventures, whether traveling to new lands, exploring restaurants and cafes in her own, or simply indulging in lively conversations with friends. She is also dependent on her morning runs and yoga for maintaining her sanity, and is grateful to have a beautiful garden in which to spend warm afternoons enjoying a whiskey on the rocks.