Gregor Thuswaldner is Professor of German and Linguistics and a Senior Fellow in Gordon’s Center for Faith and Inquiry. In the spring of 2016, he was the Interim Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry. In addition, Dr. Thuswaldner is Co-Founder and Academic Director of The Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts, an independent non-profit organization. A native of Salzburg, Austria, he studied German and English at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna (Mag. phil.) and received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Thuswaldner has organized many national and international conferences and academic panels and has presented numerous papers at conferences in the U.S. and in Europe and has published articles on Christoph Martin Wieland, Thomas Bernhard, Michael Haneke, Michael Scharang, Stanley Hauerwas, literary theory, linguistics, German and Austrian literature, culture, politics and religion. His articles and book reviews have also appeared in German, Austrian, and American newspapers, such as Salzburger Nachrichten, Die Furche, Die Zeit, and The Salem News. Dr. Thuswaldner’s latest monograph is entitled "Morbus Austriacus" - Thomas Bernhards Österreichkritik ("Morbus Austriacus": Thomas Bernhard’s Critique of Austria, Vienna: Braumüller, 2011; 2nd edition New Academic Press 2012).
For six summers he (co)organized and co-directed the "German Summer in Sewanee" language immersion seminar at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. In 2005 he was a visiting scholar for the "Rutgers University in Berlin" summer program and in the summers of 2008 and 2010 he was a visiting professor at Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria. At Gordon College, he heads the German program and co-directs the Linguistics major and minor program. In 2006, Dr. Thuswaldner received Gordon’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award.
His book publications include Der untote Gott: Religion und Ästhetik in deutscher und österreichischer Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (The Undead God: Aesthetics and Religion in Twentieth-Century German and Austrian Culture) (Cologne: Böhlau, 2007), Derrida und danach? Literaturtheoretische Diskurse der Gegenwart (Derrida and Thereafter? Essays on Contemporary Literary Theory) (Wiesbaden: Springer/VS Research, 2008), "Morbus Austriacus" - Thomas Bernhards Österreichkritik ("Morbus Austriacus:" Thomas Bernhard’s Critique of Austria) (Vienna: Braumüller, 2011; 2nd edition 2012), and Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (forthcoming with New Academic Press in Vienna).His translation of Felix Mitterer's play Jägerstätter (with Robert Dassanowsky) appeared in October 2015 with the University of New Orleans Press. He is currently working on essay collections on Thomas Bernhard (with Olaf Berwald), The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature (with Dan Russ), a Christianity and Culture Reader (with Yaakov Ariel, Brian Johnson, and Jens Zimmermann), This Side of Good and Evil (with Armin Eidherr and jens Zimmermann), and a monograph on the Austrian-Jewish author Stefan Zweig. With Armin Eidherr and Jens Zimmermann he edits the "Symphilologus" book series of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts.
Dr. Thuswaldner is an active member of several European and American academic and professional organizations (including the Modern Language Association, PEN USA, and PEN Club Austria). holds three elected positions: he serves on the boards of the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache. He is also the regional director of the Northeast for the Conference on Christianity and Literature and he heads the Boston branch of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache.Dr. Thuswaldner is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.