Eva Marik was born in Darmstadt, Hessen. She moved to Herrenberg, Baden-Würtemberg, at a very young age where she was to grow up peacefully keeping a variety of pets. Her interest in languages comes from being raised in a bilingual household speaking English and German. However, she did not stop at those two languages and went on to start learning various other languages. This inspired her to study Korean and English at the University of Tübingen. After a year she decided to stop doing that and start studying Ethnology and English instead. In her free time, Eva determinedly tries to diminish the number of books on her ‘must read’ list and travels as much as possible.
Hannah Herrera was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and has always had an interest in other cultures and languages. In 2015, she decided to switch things up a bit by moving to Stuttgart, Germany to work as an Au Pair, although she had no knowledge of German (and definitely no knowledge of Schwäbisch) beforehand. She grew quite fond of the land of pretzels known as Southern Germany and decided to continue her education in Tübingen, where she completed her B.A. in Interdisciplinary American Studies in 2019. She is now pursuing an M.A. in American Studies. Hannah enjoys hiking and discovering new places in Germany, reading, trying new recipes, consuming coffee and TV series with friends, and most of all: true crime podcasts.
Kuan-Chun Chen was born and raised in Taichung City, Taiwan. It took him six years to complete his B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics. He spent four years in Taipei, one year in Washington D.C., and one year in Tübingen. Kuan was fond of the serene yet vibrant university town and decided to pursue a M.A. in English Literatures and Cultures in Tübingen. He used to think that he would pursue a M.A. in Linguistics, but he somehow discovered the beauty of literature. Kuan enjoys listening to songs in foreign languages he does not know.
Lisa Landreh was born in Erlangen, Bavaria, and moved to the “Ländle” in 2003. After completing the Abitur in 2012, she joined the workforce in the world of hospitals and x-ray machines. In 2016, however, she decided to go to university and started to pursue a degree in Interdisciplinary American Studies. Lisa spent one year at Tufts University, Medford, MA (near Boston), and is currently working on her B.A. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading books, especially thrillers, spending time with family and friends, or cheering for the local basketball team, the Kirchheim Knights. She also loves baking and playing with or walking her dog, Milow.
Ruth Shoo was born and raised in Moshi, a small town at the foothills of the mountain Kilimanjaro. She grew up speaking Swahili, English and Chagga. Ruth attended primary, secondary and high school in Tanzania. After completing her A-levels in 2017 Ruth decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary American studies in Tübingen. She is very much in love with the small cozy town that Tübingen is. Growing up in a multi-cultural society made her develop interest in languages, identity and diversity. She enjoys reading, listening and writing poetry, watching documentaries on war and researching about Afro-textured hair.
Oduma is currently studying abroad in Cambridge and will rejoin the team in Winter Semester 2020/21.
Oduma Tom Adelio was born in Marburg, Hessen, and moved to Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2008 where he spent four and a half years at an American middle/ high school. He eventually completed his high school degree in Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen. After various trips and longer stays in anglophone countries, such as Ghana, Canada, the US, and the UK, he had found his passion for the English language and literature. Oduma started to pursue his degree in English, Philosphy/Ethics, and French at the University of Tübingen in 2017. In his spare time, he loves to read all kinds of literature with a political, historical, and biographical background. He also enjoys any type of sports and outdoor activity as a compensation to his daily uni life.
Shawn Raisig has been teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language since 2003. She taught English in the U.S. at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR). She also taught a variety of academic English courses at the Sprachenzentrum for the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and she has been an instructor for academic English at the University of Tübingen since 2007.
In addition to teaching ESL/EFL, Shawn co-founded the Research and Writing Center for the English Department at the University of Tübingen in 2008, and she has been the acting director ever since. She is currently an active member of the European Writing Center Association (EWCA) and the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW). Her research interests include writing methods and pedagogy as well as teacher and tutor training.
Shawn received her B.A. in German from the University of Michigan and spent one year studying abroad at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. She received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University and was actively involved in the professional organizations MITESOL (Michigan TESOL) and TESOL.
In her spare time, Shawn enjoys almost any sports-related activity (running, biking, swimming, and hiking are her favorites!), reading, and drinking coffee and tea with family and friends.