Jason Williamson is the Language Coordinator for German and a German instructor. As Language Coordinator, he directs the introductory German curriculum and supervises the instructors who teach the beginning courses. As an instructor, he teaches several undergraduate courses, including German Literature and Film, Advanced Composition, Business German, and German for the European Market, as well as the graduate seminars Early Twentieth-Century Literature in German and Postwar German Literature and Culture.
Dr. Williamson’s primary research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century German culture and literature, cultural responses to terrorism, trauma, and narrative theory. His ongoing research explores the legacy of 1977’s violent “German Autumn”—the pinnacle of leftist terrorism in West Germany. At the moment, he is focusing on discursive practices in memoirs written by former terrorists and by family members of their victims, respectively. A secondary research area is content-based instruction, particularly concerning German for the professions and STEM curriculum development.
Dr. Williamson is especially interested in helping students improve their language skills and professional development through experiential learning. In addition to vigorously promoting study abroad, he has served twice as the faculty leader for the OU Summer in Germany program. Furthermore, he is particularly proud that several of his students have received internships in German-speaking countries after having taken his Business German or German for the European Market courses. He also serves as adviser to the OU German Club and to OU's chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society.