Dagmar Jaeger is a lecturer in German Studies and has taught German courses at all levels at MIT since 2001. She holds a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001). Before coming to MIT, Dagmar Jaeger taught at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, among others.
Her research interests focus on instructional technology and digital tools for the learning of language and culture, creative writing and language learning, as well as contemporary German theater and drama. She developed the digital media archive Gedenken und Gedächtnis, an extensive collection of interviews with contemporary German writers, mostly based in Berlin. The collection centers on the authors’ views on memory and commemoration, a key theme in German literature and society. Gedenken und Gedächtnis has been used in German language and literature courses at MIT since 2004 and was featured as an interactive exhibit at the MIT Museum in Fall 2015.
Her book, Theater im Medienzeitalter (Theater in the Age of Media), published in German (Aisthesis Verlag, 2007), focuses on the use of contemporary theater by Austrian Elfriede Jelinek and East German Heiner Müller as a counterpoint to the prevailing media culture. Jaeger analyzes theater that contrasts itself with mainstream ideas regarding, for example, history and identity. By utilizing multiple textual sources, these playwrights expose any narrative as constructed rather than natural, a distinction that a media culture blurs via the suspension of reality and fiction.
She is the recipient of the SHASS Academic Infinite Mile Award for continued outstanding service and innovative teaching at MIT in 2007. Research grants include the Gilberte Furstenberg & Douglas Morgenstern Fund for Innovation in Language Instruction in 2012, the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, Yale University, in 2003 and 2004, and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, Boston, in 2002.