Mary Beth Stein

Mary Beth Stein

Associate Professor of German
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6896


Prof. Stein joined the Department in 1997. After receiving her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1993, she taught at Haverford and Carleton Colleges. She has published articles on folklore history, Berlin and the Berlin Wall. Her current research explores the relationship between memory and literature since German reunification. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of German cultural studies, folklore and literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Supported by a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar grant, Professor Mary Beth Stein spent the 2000-2001 academic year in Berlin for a research project that deals with the Stasi files in East Germany and their socio-cultural ramifications. Professor Stein received GW's Bender Teaching Award in 2002.


  • “Post-Socialism in Post-revolutionary Perspective,” In: Anke Stephan and Julia Obertreis (eds.), Erinnerungen nach der Wende: Oral History und (Post)sozialistische Gesellschaften/Remembering after the Fall of Communism: Oral History and (Post)-socialist Societies, pp. 255-262. Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2009.
  • “The Stasi With a Human Face? Ambiguity in Florian von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others,” German Studies Review XXXI no. 3 (2008): 567-579