Karina von Tippelskirch is head of the language program of Deutsches Haus at New York University. She studied German and Yiddish Languages and Literatures at Philipps University, Marburg, and Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany. In 1994 she participated in the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program at Columbia University, New York. She received her Ph.D. from Philipps University in 1997. Since then she has been living in New York, were she teaches German and translates English and Yiddish literature.