Joy Hancock is a Ph.D. candidate in MFLL-German with a second concentration in Linguistics, and a Graduate Teaching Associate. She completed a Master’s degree in German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her areas of research interests include the Weimar Republic, German Expressionism, polar exploration, and ecocriticism. Her dissertation, “Blood and Snow: Conservative Nationalism and Ice Spaces in Weimar Germany’s Science Fiction,” explores the interwar literary ice world as a “reimagined” form of the World War I battlefield. Joy will defend her dissertation in November of 2017. She has presented her Master’s work at a conference on ecocriticism at Harvard University (2010) and her dissertation work at the annual Science Fiction Research Association conference in Riverside, CA (2017). Before beginning her work as a Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of Tennessee, Joy taught German and French in Central Florida for two years at the secondary level.