Gregor Thuswaldner is Associate Professor of German and Linguistics and a Fellow in Gordon’s Center for Faith and Inquiry. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired the Department of Languages and Linguistics. 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.
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.
Dr. Thuswaldner has organized many academic panels and has presented numerous papers at national and international 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. He has also published more than fifty articles and book reviews in German, Austrian, and American newspapers and magazines, such as Salzburger Nachrichten, Die Furche, Die Zeit, and The Salem News. Dr. Thuswaldner’s research has been supported by the Stefan Zweig Centre of the University of Salzburg, Gordon College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Salzburg, the Modern Language Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.
He is the co-editor of the essay collection 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). In 2008 he published the essay collection Derrida und danach? Literaturtheoretische Diskurse der Gegenwart (Derrida and Thereafter? Essays on Contemporary Literary Theory) (Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitätsverlag/VS Research, 2008). 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 2012).
Dr. Thuswaldner is currently working on several projects surrounding the works of Stefan Zweig. Among other things, he is contributing to the forthcoming handbook on Stefan Zweig and he is writing a monograph on Stefan Zweig’s years in Salzburg between 1919 and 1934. In addition, Dr. Thuswaldner is working on three other book projects at different stages. His co-edited bilingual collection of essays on the notion of sacrifice in European and American cultures will be published in the spring of 2014 with New Academic Press in Vienna. With the sociologist Peter L. Berger he is working on a book based on their public conversations tentatively entitled On Religion and Other Curiosities. And finally, he is co-editing an essay collection which presents new approaches to the works of Thomas Bernhard. Dr. Thuswaldner is an active member of several European and American academic organizations (including the Modern Language Association, German Studies Association, Linguistic Society of America, Austrian Studies Association, Association for Jewish Studies, American Association of Teachers of German, Society of Germanic Linguistics). He serves on the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee (LiHEC) of the Linguistic Society of America and in addition, Dr. Thuswaldner 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.