Dr. Petra Schweitzer is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and director for the Women Studies program. Dr. Schweitzer’s scholarly work and teaching integrate a number of fields within the discipline of Comparative Literature, especially French and German Holocaust literature. She teaches French and German language courses, and her research focuses on the Holocaust, particularly women in the Holocaust. Additionally, she teaches First Year Seminar courses with a concentration on Global Genocide studies.
She is a recipient of the Wilkins Award, FYS Teaching Excellence Award, Shenandoah University’s Board of Trustees Resolution of Appreciation, and Four Years FYS Service Award. An active member of Shenandoah’s community, she engages in collective projects co-organized with Shenandoah colleagues or other institutions.