Anke Finger is Professor of German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literature in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut. As the Assistant Director of Media Studies and Digital Humanities at the Humanities Institute (check out her brain bytes blog), she is steering a new effort to foster discussion between these sister fields on campus: exploratory, communicative, and creative. She is also affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design, an opportunity that helps her merge theory and practice and to learn from her students.
She has lived in 3 countries and traveled to 22 (and counting), starting out in a place that no longer exists, East Germany. Though she toyed with the idea of becoming a violinist, a designer or going into either marketing or international business, she ended up pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature – no regrets. Anke Finger now resides on the New England coast, the other adult in a family of four, not counting the cockatiel. Writing, painting, photography, videography, making music, water sports – all help to maintain the family, career, and mindfulness (sit! relax! do nothing!) balancing act.