About

A native of northwestern Illinois (Pretzel City, USA, to be specific), I currently reside in the Hudson Valley, where I teach German and research second language reading at Vassar College. But you must know that already. So here are a few things you might not know…

I’ve visited Germany for both short trips and longer stays. During my undergraduate years, I spent the Spring 2006 semester in Münster. I couldn’t get enough of Germany, so a year and a half later, I headed back, this time to the small town of Kamen, for a ten-month Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship from 2007-2008. During that time, I taught American culture as a teaching assistant in a bilingual Realschule (secondary school). In summer 2015, I participated in another Fulbright program, this time in Leipzig for German professors who teach in the U.S. I updated my understanding of DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) methodologies, German-language teaching materials, and the German media landscape while I expanded my professional network. In addition to visiting Germany, I also spent eight weeks in Summer 2011 learning Swedish in Uppsala, Sweden, in preparation for teaching intensive Swedish the following fall.

When I’m not doing work-related things, you can usually find me singing, knitting, reading, cooking, or spending time with friends. During the academic year, I sing alto in a local choir, Cappella Festiva. When time allows, I like to get away and see new places in the U.S. and abroad. When time doesn’t allow, I spend my free time knitting (it’s good for you). As an amateur kitchen chemist, I sometimes ferment things like sourdough, kombucha, and, most recently, vinegar. I’m a fan of cooking and baking in general, and enjoy feeding friends. Occasionally I write 90-second monologues packed with puns and compete in pun contests. Finally, I love a good book. Some of my favorite fiction includes John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, and Atonement by Ian McEwan. I also happily devour nonfiction on all kinds of subjects, including most recently The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky (I’ve never given a second thought to the secret meanings of menus!).

Finally, you should know: there’s another Karin Maxey out there. She lives in Canada. If that’s who you’re looking for, you’re on the wrong page. But if you are my Canadian name twin, let’s meet up someday!

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!