Kai Herklotz was born and grew up in the former East Germany and did his undergraduate work at the University of Marburg, Germany and Vienna University. He came to the United States in 1999 and received his PhD in German Studies from UC Irvine.
His research and teaching interests include German film, collective memories, German-Jewish history, and food studies; he has done research work in numerous archives in Berlin and at the DEFA Film Library at UMass, Amherst. He has worked as a Lecturer at Tufts University until 2007 and at Carleton College as the coordinator of the German language program. This work included teaching language and upper-level courses, directing off-campus studies programs to Berlin and Vienna, and working with teaching assistants.
In his free time Kai enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and finding the best coffee in town, but most of all, spending time with his family and one year-old daughter Eva, who is growing up bilingually with German as the home language.