The German Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Samuel Spinner as an Assistant Professor and the Tandetnik Chair in Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture. Dr. Spinner is an expert on the history of ethnography and its implications for Jewish self-understanding in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His interpretations of Yiddish and German literature draw on insights from museum studies, visual culture, anthropology, and aesthetic theory. He is, among other things, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, where he completed his BA with a major in German. We are delighted to welcome him back to campus as a member of the faculty.