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Brigitte Bachmann



Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science



Kingston Hall 415

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Research interests: Italian as a second language, German as a second language, 20th century German literature,  Jewish-German women writings


Ph.D. (ABD) in German language and literature, Queen’s University
M.A. in German language and literature, Queen’s University, 2004
B.A. (Hons.) in German language and literature, Queen’s University, 2002
Degree in Business, Swiss Trade School of Business, Switzerland


Professor Bachmann received her undergraduate and graduate education from Queen’s University. She was born in Switzerland and has lived in the French, German and Italian parts of this multilingual country. Before moving to Canada she taught German to the employees of a pharmaceutical company, while working as assistant of the CFO. She also taught German and Italian at schools in Switzerland and Canada. She has been teaching Italian and German at Queen's since 2002. However, since 2009 she has concentrated on teaching Italian. Prof. Bachmann was nominated for the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

While teaching she is not only transmitting the material, but also trying to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere to motivate the students to perform at their best. To broaden the approach to the language as well as to the culture she includes songs, short videos, and short stories.

In May 2022 Professor Bachmann was named a Champion for Mental Health by the Queen’s Student Mental Health Network.


Professor Bachmann teaches the following courses:

ITLN 111: Beginning Italian I (Fall)
ITLN 204: Italiano intermedio (Fall)
ITLN 112: Beginning Italian II (Winter)