Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures School of Arts and Sciences

Simon Richter is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and member of the Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies and affiliated with the Programs in Cinema Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Women’s Studies. Courses he has recently taught include: “Water Worlds: Cultural Responses to Sea Level Rise and Catastrophic Flooding”; “Writing in Dark Times“; “The German Connection: Hollywood and Berlin”; “Erinnerungsorte/Places of Memory”; and “Weimar Classicism.” Richter also directs a hybrid online/study abroad course called “Comparative Cultures of Sustainability in Germany and the Netherlands,” which involves an intensive study visit to Berlin and Rotterdam. Click here for a short video about the program.

Richter is an enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate teacher. He was awarded the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008. In summer 2005 and 2006 he initiated and directed “The Graduate School Experience,” a program designed to give a select group of rising juniors from colleges and universities a foretaste of graduate studies in German. This program was cosponsored by the DAAD and the Max Kade Foundation and continues in rotation among a handful of universities. Richter is the past president of the Goethe Society of North America, a lively organization that prides itself in cultivating younger generations of Goethe scholars, and former editor of the Goethe Yearbook. He serves on the editorial board of the Periodical of the English Goethe Society and has served on the editorial board of German QuarterlyEighteenth-Century Studies, and The Journal of the History of Sexuality. He is also a member of the editorial board of the book series of the Goethe Society of North America published by Bucknell University Press.

Richter speaks Dutch and is learning Indonesian. In his spare time, Richter hones his cooking skills and improves on an ever more elaborate rijsttafel (an extravagant Indonesian spread).