After I graduating with a B.A. in German Studies at the University of Arizona, Jamie taught English in Koszalin, Poland for a year, and then joined the graduate program in Germanic Languages at UCLA in 2009. The experience of living in Koszalin eventually inspired her doctoral research on cinematic representations of the forced migrations that occurred in conjunction with the changes to Poland’s borders at the end of WWII. Thanks in part to the Fulbright, she had the opportunity to live and study on the German-Polish border in Frankfurt and to conduct research at institutions throughout Germany and Poland. In June 2017, she graduated with a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from UCLA, and was the Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Illinois Wesleyan University before the faculty at Temple in August 2019.