Cognitive Science

Haerin Shin



Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Curriculum Vitae: 



Haerin Shin is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University, working on contemporary American, Japanese and Korean literature, culture, visual media and critical theory. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her B.A. in English Literature at Seoul National University. Shin is currently completing her dissertation entitled Dialectic of Spectrality: A Transpacific Study on Being in the Age of Cyberculture, 1945~2012


[Dissertation Abstract]


The advent of computers, the internet and networked mobile devices throughout the latter half of the 20th century has brought abstracted flows of data to the fore of social interaction and communication. With ghost-like images flickering on computer screens, disembodied voices in phone conversations flying all over the globe, and faceless chat windows occupying our daily lives, the touch and feel of physical interaction appears to have lost its necessity, burying us in fragmented sensory inputs and free-floating information. The greater body of critical and scientific scholarship produced so far has seen this proliferation of immaterial, digitally codified data as either an evolutionary triumph of technology or a deterioration into a cold, inhuman dystopia. My dissertation (titled The Dialectic of Spectrality: Reality and Being in the Age of Digital Telecommunication Media) subverting the two contending views’ premise that material agents could be divorced from the content of consciousness and knowledge, asserts that digitalization technology in fact reinstates, rather than denies, the significance of fragmented, transgressive and incomprehensible modes of being as crucial constituents of human existence.  


[Teaching Experience]



- Self-designed and taught course Complit 151 “Reality Check: Modes of Reality and Representation in the Age of Cyberculture.” Winter 2012.

- Guest lecturer on the “Persecution of the Rapper Tablo” at Korgen 201 “Korean Culture in the New Millenium.” Fall 2012.

- Course Development and Teaching Assistant. Complit 150 “Terror and Apocalypse: An Examination of Literature of Fear.” Spring 2011.

- Course Development and Teaching Assistant. Complit 12SC “Ghost Stories: Why the Dead Return and What They Want from Us.” Summer 2008 ~2012.

- Research and Coordination Assistant. English 88N “Graphic Novels Asian American Style.” Fall 2012.

- Guest Lecturer on Chris Ware’s Lost Buildings and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth at English 87N “The Graphic NovelWord, Image, Sound, Silence.” 22 Feb. 2010.



- Instructor in Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) 1-38 and 1-05: Self-developed course “The Rhetoric of the Unreal: Science Fiction, Fantasies, and the Supernatural.” Winter, Spring 2009.



- Korean Instructor. Program for Advanced Language Maintenance (PALM) at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS). Fall 2011 ~Present. 


B.A. from Seoul National University (Korea) in English Literature


Stacy Hartman

portrait: Stacy Hartman

Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education

Stacy Hartman did her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied modern German literature and feminist theory. In 2005 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and spent the 2005-2006 academic year living in in the northern German city of Lübeck, teaching in a local high school and learning to love marzipan. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in German Studies with Distinction at the University of Manchester, where she studied (among other things) Turkish-German literature and literature of dictatorship, and wrote her M.A. thesis, entitled "At a Crossroads between Paris and Moscow: Latin America, Sinn und Form, and the Socialist Republic of Letters 1949-1981."

Stacy's dissertation, as yet untitled, looks at the cognitive principles of mind reading and mind blindness in relationship to empathy in 20th century literature. Her other current research interests include the broader use of cognitive science in literary study (especially cognitive metaphor theory), the literature of exile and dictatorship, and gender and sexuality in literature and film. She also has an ongoing interest in the construction of ideology and ethics in children's literature and popular culture.


"‘A Romance with One’s Own Fantasy’: The Nostalgia of Exile in Anna Seghers’s Mexico." Edinburgh German Yearbook, Volume 3: Contested Legacies: Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR. Ed. Matthew Philpotts and Sabine Rolle. New York: Camden House, 2009.

Recent Presentations

"'False Leads and Cold Cases': The Insolubility of History in Michael Chabon's The Final Solution," Vanderbilt University, German Studies Graduate Student Conference, March 2012.

"White Ribbons and Purifying Punishments: The Metaphoric Construction of Morality in Das weiße Band," Stanford University, German Studies Colloquium, March 2012.

Teaching Experience


English as a foreign language. Germany, Ecuador, and the United States.

At Stanford:

German 1-3. German language first year courses, taught in German. Responsibilities included helping intermediate and novice speakers advance to the intermediate-mid level in German; use of the textbook Deutsch: Na Klar!; use of multimedia, including films, online videos, computerized oral and written exams. Concentration on oral proficiency. 2011-2012.

German 21. Reading short stories, and review of German structure. Discussions in German, short compositions, videos.

Professional Activities

2010-2012 Co-founder and Student Coordinator of the German Studies Forum, Stanford University

2011-2013 Student Coordinator, Assessing Graduate Education Project, Stanford University

  • Responsible for implementing the "DLCL Graduate Student Survey," which looked at best practices across the six DLCL departments, and then writing the report for the survey. This led to vigorous and productive debate.

2012 Steering committee member, DLCL Graduate Student Conference: Urban / Jungles, Stanford University

2012-2013 Student Coordinator, Teagle Project: Faculty and Graduate Student Collaboration, Stanford University

2012-2013 Intern, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University

  • Helped launch the VPGE's Facebook page and contributed to their evolving social media projects and policies
  • Organized a series of talks from people in alternative academic careers around the university

2012-2013 Student representative, Graduate Academic Committee, Stanford University

Book Reviews

Jaimey Fischer and Barbara Mennel, ed.: Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture." The Modern Language Review, Volume 107, Number 1, 1 January 2012, pp. 324-326.

David Clarke and Renate Rechtien, ed.: The Politics of Place in Postwar German: Essays in Literary Criticism." The Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Number 2, 1 April 2011, pp. 605-606.

Axel Goodbody, Pól Ó Dochartaigh, and Dennis Tate, ed.: Dislocation and Reorientation: Exile, Division andthe End of Communism in German Culture and Politics. In Honour of Ian Wallace." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 3, 1 July 2010, pp. 923-925.

Katharina Gestenberger: Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 2, 1 April 2010, pp. 608-609.


2008 University of Manchester M.A.

2005 University of California-Santa Cruz B.A.

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