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Dr Debbie Pinfold


After my undergraduate and doctoral studies at St Hugh's College, Oxford,  I spent two years working on the radio plays and prose fiction of Gert Hofmann in the beautiful city of Hamburg, supported by a post-doctoral scholarship from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. I returned to the UK and to Oxford to take up my first teaching post at Brasenose and Merton Colleges (1997-2001).  A year's research leave (2001-2002) allowed me to work on a new collaborative project on women's writing about the 1848/49 revolutions, and after a brief stint as Access and Admissions Administrator at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2002-2003) I took up a temporary lectureship at the University of Bristol in 2003. In 2004 I was appointed as a lecturer at Reading University, where I remained until my return to a permanent lectureship at Bristol in 2005. 

Since my return to Bristol I have performed a variety of roles within the German Department and the School of Modern Languages, including Director of Teaching in German (2013/14 and 2017 - 2020) and a stint as SML Year Abroad Officer (2008 - 2010). One of the highlights of my stint as  SML Schools Liaison Officer / Routes into Languages Coordinator (2013 - 2016) was the opportunity to lead a schools project to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall / German unification, in collaboration with ten local secondary schools and the south Bristol street art festival, Upfest. You can read more about that project here: