Gary Schmidt

College of Liberal Arts Admin
Professor and Dean, COLA
Allyn Hall 106N, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Schmidt is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of German. He has taught classes in Women's and Gender Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Film Studies, Liberal Arts, and German language, literature, and culture. He has also team-taught classes with professors of Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Spanish, Women's and Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and English. He is the co-editor of Quertext: An Anthology of Queer Voices from German-Speaking Europe (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021). HIs articles have appeared in The German Quarterly, Gegenwartsliteratur, Modern Austrian Literature, Colloquia Germanica, ADFL Bulletin, and numerous anthologies. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Contemporary German Literature and Film
  • Queer Theory
  • Thomas Mann
  • Literature of Vergangenheitsbewältigung
  • Literary Translation

Courses Taught

  • The Holocaust
  • Gender and Sexuality in German and Austrian Culture
  • Interdisciplinarity and Diversity
  • Philosophical Themes in Literature
  • Theory and Practice of Translation
  • The German Play
  • Germany 1945 to the Present
  • Critical Theory
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced German Language

Education History

  • B.A.  Knox College
  • M.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University
  • M.A.  University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis
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