Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Mackenzie Gentz

Mackenzie Gentz

Graduate Student in German Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

253 Burrowes Building



BM in Oboe Performance, Northwestern University
BA in Linguistics and honors German, Northwestern University
MA in Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität


Mackenzie Gentz is a linguist and writer. Language has always been a deep-seated interest for Mackenzie, as she grew up in a Norwegian-Korean family—in English-Spanish-speaking Tucson, Arizona. Her most joyful moment was when she completed her first circumnavigation, during which she traveled eastward to pass all world meridians on a single trip. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a BM in oboe performance and an honors BA in linguistics and German. Thereafter she moved to Munich, Germany, where she completed a MA in Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German Applied Linguistics) in conjunction with the Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung (IPS) at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität. Her master’s thesis work evaluated limitations to L2 phonetic acquisition in preparation for her doctoral work on language attrition in phonetic settings. In her free time, Mackenzie reads a book a week, prepares podcasts for her show The Book Album, and travels regularly.