Nicholas Theis is in his sixth year of graduate studies at Penn. His research spans 17th- to 19th-century literature, philosophy, science, and aesthetics, with an emphasis on literary genre.
Nick is currently (2014) at Universität Bielefeld, where he recieved a grant from the DAAD to continue researching and writing his dissertation, "Epic, Enlightenment, and the Empowerment of the German Mind: Versified Legitimacy from Leibniz to Goethe."
Nick is also co-editing with Dan DiMassa and Professors Catriona MacLeod and Bethany Wiggin a forthcoming volume from the conference Un/Translatables Across Germanic Langauges and Cultures. He is also assisting Professor Bethany Wiggin in preparing a collected volume from "Envisioning the 'Old World': Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg and Imperial Projects in Pennsylvania"