Michaela Ullmann

Head, Instruction and Assessment
USC Libraries Library Administration
Office: DML 230

Research Areas

- German-speaking exiles in Los Angeles

- Lives and networks of German-speaking exiles in South and Central America

- Integration of primary source literacy into the teaching curriculum 


Michaela Ullmann is the Exile Studies Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at USC Libraries’ Special Collections.
She holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology from University of Bonn (Germany), and an M.A. in Library and Information Sciences from San José State University.

As a faculty member of the USC Libraries, Michaela oversees the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, home to Lion Feuchtwanger’s invaluable 30,000 volume rare book collection and papers by German-speaking intellectuals and artists who fled Nazi-Germany and came to Los Angeles in the 1930s and early 1940s.

In her role as Instruction Coordinator, she leads her department’s instruction program and designs and facilitates primary source literacy instruction in a wide range of subject areas. At the California Rare Book School, Michaela regularly co-teaches a course on Better Teaching With Rare Materials.


Selected publications:

Lion Feuchtwanger. Ein möglichst intensives Leben. Die Tagebücher (Berlin, 2018), The Devil in France: My Encounter with Him in the Summer of 1940 (Los Angeles, 2010), Against the Eternal Yesterday: Essays Commemorating the Legacy of Lion Feuchtwanger (Los Angeles, 2009).

Articles & book chapters:
Kurt Enoch (Immigrant Entrepreneurship, German Historical Institute, 2015), Felix Guggenheim: Life and Work on Two Continents (Feuchtwanger Studies, Peter Lang, 2012).

Subject Matter Expertise

  • German Exile Literature
  • German Language & Literature
  • Rare Book Collection