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2000 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison (dual degree, departments of History and Educational Policy Studies), Phi Beta Kappa
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies (dual degree, departments of International Policy Studies and German)
BA, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, German and French Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude

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Blessing teaches German and cultural study courses on campus and online. Her research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality, childhood, film, education, and modern and contemporary Germany. Her current research project focuses on East German film and children’s education. Her book The Anti-Fascist Classroom: Denazification in Soviet-Occupied Germany, 1945-1949 is available in the Valley Library. She is a self-proclaimed language and history geek who also speaks French and Italian. Ask her about must-see communist films, and her favorite cafes in Berlin and Vienna!


Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
Courses Taught: 

German language classes

German socio-cultural history (German Dictatorships, German Obsession with Native Americans, Environment and Culture)

German film

Vampires, Race, and Gender (Honors College Seminar)

Research/Career Interests: 

My research interests focus on the nexus of social policy and cultural practices, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how societies construct and disseminate shared knowledge. Key areas of analysis include the history of education, film studies, gender and sexuality, memory and consciousness, children's studies, folk tales, and the history of science. My research methodologies center on qualitative and quantitative analysis of written and visual texts, oral history, game theory, behavior of organizations, cultural and linguistic studies, feminist theory, and taxonomies and technologies of knowledge.

Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 

Check out my lecture for the Benton County History Museum in March 2019, "Our Vampires, Ourselves," here

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

Languages, running, writing, traveling, teaching, research, film, reading (especially mysteries!), cooking (especially Italian!).