Christine Kampen Robinson
Assistant Professor of Practicum and of Social Science
Christine is interested in stories, and how they matter in how we make sense of ourselves in our relationships with others. An interactional sociolinguist, she examines the minute details of how we say what we say and what this means for the stories we tell and for us, the (co)-tellers. Her research projects have followed the threads of language and language learning through the stories of both migration experiences of Low German-speaking Mennonites from Mexico, as well as the transcultural learning experiences of university students.
In various university settings, Christine has specialized in transition, having designed and managed transition programming for international students coming into university for the first time, and having spent a number of years as a career advisor, working closely with students to facilitate the process of figuring out how their university experience can be part of building the career they want and being the person they want to be in the world.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts, Honours at the University of Winnipeg, she traded the prairies for the rolling hills of southern Ontario for a number of years, where she completed both a Master of Arts and PhD in German at the University of Waterloo.
Christine, her husband and their two children currently attend Douglas Mennonite Church. In addition to stories, Christine enjoys good coffee, farmers' markets, crisp Octobers and movie night with homemade pizza on Fridays.
Areas of Teaching
PhD, German (Waterloo); MA, German (Waterloo); BAH, Language and Culture in Literary Translation (Winnipeg)
Work in Detail
Kampen Robinson, C. & Penner, N. (forthcoming). Mennonites in Waterloo Region. In: Germans of Waterloo Region. (Eds: Mat Schulze, Grit Liebscher, Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach). Ottawa, ON: Petra Books. 25 pp.
Kampen Robinson, C. & Liebscher, G. (2019). Relationship building in L2 telecollaboration: examining language learner closings in online text-based chats. Classroom Discourse. 10(1): 29-45.
Kampen Robinson, C. (2017). Speaking Mennonite at School: A narrative analysis of the role of language in immigrant educational experiences. Language and Literacy: A Canadian Education E-Journal (Special Issue). 19(3): 74-87.
Kampen Robinson, C. (2014). "i've got to go now, bis dann": Teaching Closing Sequences. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 47: 180–192.
Dyck, J. & Kampen Robinson, C. (2019). Mennonites Talking about Miriam Toews. The Walrus Magazine. July/August issue.
In addition to her work at CMU, Christine edits and produces Das Blatt für Kinder, an MCC-funded German-language publication that fosters literacy and numeracy development among school children in the Mennonite colonies in South and Central America.