Kai Werbeck is originally from Essen, Germany. He received his Master of Arts in Germanic Languages from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2008. He wrote his MA thesis, "The Interface as Door – On the Problem of Access to the Image in Kafka's Das Schloß and Interactive Media." Kai also earned an MA in Cultural Studies from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in 2005 with a thesis entitled "Der Wandel von Klassen-Stereotypen und assoziierten Vorurteilen in der englischen Fußball-Kultur der letzten Jahrzehnte." In 2006, he received an additional certificate in DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Teaching German as a Foreign Language). His academic areas of interest include and combine Cultural Studies, media and film theory, and 20th-century German literature and intellectual history. He is currently team-teaching an advanced undergraduate seminar on German postwar history and culture and gearing up to defend his dissertation on representations of urban space in the works of Heinrich Böll, Wolfgang Staudte, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, and Rainald Goetz, entitled "From Rubble to Revolutions and Raves: Literary Interrogations of German Media Ecologies" under the supervision of Dr. Richard Langston.