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Gary Schmidt arrived at CCU in July 2016 after having served four years as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Western Illinois University. In addition, he has taught at the University of West Georgia and several liberal arts colleges, including Mount Holyoke, Grinnell, and Knox College. He has published essays on German literature and film in The German Quarterly, Colloquia Germanica, Gegenwartsliteratur, and Modern Austrian Literature. He is the author of The Nazi Abduction of Ganymede: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Postwar German Literature (2003) and, more recently, the co-translator of What Makes a Man: Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin (2015). He has presented his research at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, the Modern Languages Association Convention, the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, and the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association Conference.
Dr. Schmidt is interested in cultural constructions of identity, in particular in relation to gender and sexuality. He has taught over thirty different undergraduate courses in such areas as German language at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level; film studies; humanities; critical theory; German literature in the original and in translation. He has led study abroad programs to Berlin, Vienna, Bayreuth, and Oldenburg.