Assistant Professor Marike Janzen earned her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin and serves as coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program within the Humanities Program. Her research and teaching interests focus on world literature, human rights literature, and notions of solidarity. She has published on the authors Alejo Carpentier, Anna Seghers and Bertolt Brecht as well as teaching human rights through service learning. In July 2016, she participated in a 2-week seminar on Germany’s literature industry in Berlin. Dr. Janzen is currently finishing a book titled Writing to Change the World: Anna Seghers, Authorship, and International Solidarity in the Twentieth Century.