Dr. Vanchena earned her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming to KU in 2008, she was on the faculty at Creighton University, where she served as Fulbright Program Advisor. Her English translation and edition of Reinhold Solger’s major work, Anton in America: A Novel from German-American Life (1862), appeared in 2006. Author of Political Poetry in Periodicals and the Shaping of German National Consciousness in the Nineteenth Century (2000), she has also published articles on nineteenth-century German and German-American literature. Dr. Vanchena, who lived in Germany for several years, enjoys hiking and gardening.