Andrea Zach is a doctoral candidate in the department of Cultural Studies at George Mason University. Her dissertation addresses the 'German' idea heimat and inquires how it is either implicitly or explicitly positioned within the varied discourses in Germany today. Andrea joined the German department in 2012 and has since then taught GERM 110: Elementary German and GERM 210: Intermediate German. She completed her undergraduate work at Marymount University (B.A. Liberal Studies, 2007) and received GMU's Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Sociology in 2012 for her thesis, "National Cultural Memory: Political Discourse on German 'Leitkultur.'" Andrea's research interests include political economy, critical theory, aesthetics & Berliner Schule, media & film studies, theories of nationalism & citizenship.