Cindy P Brewer

Associate Professor, German & Russian

3111 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Teaching is the best part of my job at BYU. I care about student success and want to give them the best tools out there. Blended language learning is a passion of mine. I build courses that are personalized to student needs and take the best features of online learning and combine this with the best aspects of in-person class time. If my classes make you think a lot and laugh a lot in the process, I consider that a huge success.


My primary research is on German-speaking women writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I am especially interested in mission literature about Africa during Germany’s colonial period. Imagine, for example, reading an exciting romantic play written by a Catholic nun. The two African lovers overcome political intrigue and rival suiters. They almost make it to the marriage altar but not quite. In the last moment God intervenes. Spoiler-alert: she becomes a nun and he becomes a priest.
I am also researching bilingual parenting and blended learning in the foreign language classroom.

Selected Publications

  • “Christian Love and Other Weapons: The Domestic Heroine of the Multicultural Colonial Mission “Famly” as an Antiwar Icon in Hedwig Irles’s Mission Memoirs.” In Women Writing War from German Colonialism through World War I. Eds. Katharina Hammerstein, Barbara Kosta, and Julie Shoults. Walter de Gruyter, 2018.
  • “Wie kann man Neger weiss waschen?’ Representations of the Black Child in Missionary Literature for Youth and Children, 1900-1920.” In Imagining Blackness in Germany and Austria. Eds. Charlotte Szilagyi, Sabrina K. Rahman and Michael Saman. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • “Sophie Mereau’s Amanda und Eduard: An Allegorical Romance between the Beautiful and the Sublime.” In Mereau: Verbindungslinien in Zeit und Raum um 1800. Ed. Katharina Hammerstein. Heidelberg, Germany: Universitaetsverlag Winter, 2007.
  • “Fantasies of African Conversion: the Construction of Missionary Colonial Desire in the Dramas of a Catholic Nun, Maria Theresa Ledóchowska (1863-1922)”. German Studies Review. October, 2007. (vol 30.3) 557-578
  • “Christianity, Race, and Colonial Discourse in the Dramatic Works of a Missionary-Minded Nun and Anti-Slavery Advocate, Maria Theresa Ledóchowska (1863-1922)” Modern Austrian Literature. 2007 (vol 40.1). 19-40
  • “The Emigrant Heroine: Gender and the Colonial Fantasy in Henrietta Froelich’s Virginia, oder die Kolonie von Kentucky”. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 2006 (vol 42.3). 194-210
  • “The Seduction of the Beautiful Soul: Anxiety of Influence in Friederike Helene Unger’s
  • Bekenntnisse einer schoenen Seele von ihr selbst geschrieben.” Monatshefte. 2006 (vol 98.1). 45-67
  • “‘Beautiful Souls’ and ‘Misfashioned Sons’: Raphael’s Transfiguration in the context of Friederike Helene Unger’s Bekenntnisse einer schönen Seele von ihr selbst geschrieben.” Women in German Yearbook, 2005. 103-134
  • “Resignation and Rebellion: The Dual Narrative of Johanna Schopenhauer’s Gabriele” The German Quarterly. 2002 (vol 75.2). 181-194


As the undergraduate coordinator for the German department, I track student progress in the major and look for ways to improve the student experience in our program. I also direct the German Consultation Center that provides free coaching and tutoring for all students enrolled German language courses.

Citizenship assignments

  • German Department Undergraduate Coordinator.
  • Director of the German Consultation Center.