Margret Eifler began her professional career at Stanford University and came to Rice University in 1973. From 1990 to 1996 she served as chair of the German Studies department. Her areas of research and teaching encompassed the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special emphasis on the German contemporary novel and European film studies. With courses on European women film directors she also served as a member of the Center For The Study Of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She retired from Rice University in 2005.