Mark Lauer, Ph.D.

University of Trier – B.A.
Georgetown University – Ph.D.

Professional focus: I teach The American Idea and Advanced Studies humanities electives. This fall, I will be teaching Advanced Studies Cold War.

Scholarly or professional activities: My background is in literary studies with a focus on contemporary literature and the Romantic period. I also have conducted research in second language acquisition (SLA) and curricular design. I regularly attend conferences and present papers in the field of literary studies and SLA. One of my contributions to a co-edited volume on German author Christa Wolf is forthcoming this year or next year.

I worked as a senior lecturer at Mount Holyoke College’s German Studies Department from 2007 to 2020, teaching classes across the curriculum. I have taught for the Georgetown University summer abroad in Germany/Tier program for more than 15 years. I also served as assistant dean for academic affairs at Pomona College in 2016-17.

Grew up: Germany

Favorite spot at Webb: The library and the pool

Favorite music or musician: classic rock music and German punk

Favorite book or author: Too many to list here

Favorite TV show or movie: Star Trek and Star Wars

Saturday routine: Walking the dog, swimming, garden work, taking our son to baseball