B.A. State University of New York at Binghamton 1965
M.A. 1967
Ph.D. University of Illinois 1973

Academic interests

Early modern German literature and language, German culture studies and German-American studies


Lilly Open Faculty Fellowship;
grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Max Kade Foundation;
various teaching awards;
John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies Cross of Merit from Federal Republic of Germany


Several volumes and numerous articles on German Literature and German-American history;
and The International Bibliography of German-Americana


Board member, Indiana Sister Cities, Inc.;
Board member, Indiana German Heritage Society;
Vice-President, Athenaeum Foundation;
Indianapolis-Cologne Sister Cities Committee;
Founding Secretary/Treasurer, German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Assosiation