Michelle Stott James

German & Russian

3112C JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Students are what matter most to me. I teach because I care about students, and I am excited to learn from them, as well as to share knowledge with them.


My research interests are focused on early German-language women authors, particularly in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I am currently working on the collected works of Elisa von der Recke.

Selected Publications

(With Rob McFarland) Sophie Discovers Amerika: German-Speaking Women Write the New World. Rob McFarland and Michelle Stott James, eds. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014.

(With Rob McFarland) “’Collaborating with Spirits’: Cagliostro, Elisa von der Recke, and the Phantoms of Unmündigkeit.” Gender, Collaboration, and Authorship in German Culture: Literary Joint Ventures, 1750-1850. Laura Deiulio and John B. Lyon, eds. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 75-103.

(With Joseph O. Baker) Im Nonnengarten: An Anthology of German Women’s Writing 1850-1907. Michelle Stott and Joseph O. Baker, eds. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, Inc., 1997.

Behind the Mask: Kierkegaard’s Pseudonymic Treatment of Lessing in the “Concluding Unscientific Postscript”. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1993.

Sophie: A Digital Library of Works by Early German-Language Women (http://sophie.byu.edu)


Since the university has given so much to me, I am committed to returning what I can to the university through service.

Citizenship assignments

Department Chair
Section Head
BYU Women’s Conference Committee Member
BYU Devotional Address June 2016