Graeme D. Bird
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Classics
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B.A., M.A. Auckland University
B.D. London University
B.M. Berklee College of Music
M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University
Dr. Bird is a native of New Zealand and has been teaching full-time at Gordon since 2001. His interests include Greek and Latin language and literature, Indo-European linguistics, and early English literature. He is a participant in the Harvard-affiliated Homer Multi-text Project, with a chapter in a book due out in the fall dealing with a celebrated medieval manuscript of Homer's Iliad. He enjoys exploring the connections between such diverse disciplines as Homeric poetry, historical linguistics, Greek mathematics, computer programming, and jazz improvization (he plays piano professionally and for relaxation). He co-directs the Linguistics major and minor and oversees the minor in Classics.
Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
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B.A. University of Salzburg, Austria
M.A. University of Vienna, Austria
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Thuswaldner joined the Gordon faculty in fall of 2003. He heads the German program, co-directs the major and minor in Linguistics, and he is a Fellow in Gordon's Center for Faith and Inquiry. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired the Department of Languages and Linguistics. His main research projects focus on Austrian literature, sociolinguistics, and the intersections of religion and literature. He has presented numerous papers in the US and in Europe and has published three books and numerous articles, book chapters, and entries in various encyclopedias. His articles on sociolinguistics have appeared in journals such as Muttersprache and tribüne-- zeitschrift für sprache und schreibung. He serves on the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee (LiHEC) of the Linguistic Society of America and in addition, Dr. Thuswaldner holds two elected positions: he serves as a member of the board and regional director of the Northeast for the Conference on Christianity and Literature and he heads the Boston branch of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (GfdS).