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Name: Peter D.G. Brown
Academic Rank: Distinguished Service Professor
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Expertise Keywords: Alternative energy sources, Cinema, Civilization, Culture, Environmental issues, European Union, German language, German literature, Germany, History, Jews of Germany, Minority issues, Politics, Women's issues

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: Near-native proficiency in the German language. As the son of a US diplomat, I lived and attended school in Germany from ages 8 through 18. I have taught for 35 years in the above areas of expertise. For 25 years I directed a SUNY academic program in Germany every summer. I have edited over 100 books in three scholarly series that I founded, Studies in Modern German Literature, Women in German Literature and Studies in German Jewish History.

Currrent Research: Nineteenth and twentieth-century German literature, the author Oskar Panizza (1853-1921), censorship and artistic freedom, women in German literature and film.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3492
E-mail Address: brownp@newpaltz.edu
Home Phone: 845-255-4302
Personal Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/~brownp/brownp1.htm

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Assistant Professor, 1971-1974; Associate professor, 1974-1986; Professor, 1986-1999

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Instructor, Barnard College, 1968-1971


Columbia College 1962-1964 B.A. 1964 German
Columbia University 1964-1965 M.A. 1965 Germanic Languages & Lits.
Free University of Berlin 1965-1966
Columbia University 1966-1971 Ph.D. 1971 Germanic Languages & Lits.


Consular Award for Advanced German Studies, 1963.

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Phi Alpha honor societies, 1964.

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1964.

Carl Schurz Fellowship, 1964/65.

German Academic Exchange Fellowship, 1965/66.

Vera B. David Fellowship, 1966/67.

Received grant of $81,000 under National Energy Conservation Policy Act for an energy efficiency study of thirteen College buildings. Served as project director, Technical Assistance Study for the State University College at New Paltz, SUNY No. F08Y01, 1980.

NYS/UUP Experienced Faculty Travel Grant, 1987.

Received Department of Education grant to attend ACTFL workshop on using authentic texts to develop cultural awareness, 1989.

Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the East, beginning with 24th ed., 1993-94; Who's Who in American Education, beginning with 4th ed., 1994-95; Who's Who in the World, beginning with 12th ed., 1995-96, through latest editions.

Received SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 1993.

Received SUNY New Paltz Faculty/Staff Development Award, November 1998.

Awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz [Order of Merit of the Federal Republic] by German President Roman Herzog, February 1999.

Promoted to Distinguished Service Professorship by SUNY Trustees, April 1999.

Voted "Best Professor of the Hudson Valley" by the editors of Hudson Valley Magazine, September 1999.

Chosen Teacher of the Year 2000 by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Other professional activities

Every fall semester, in conjunction with my Women in German Literature and Film course (52319), I organize a Women in German Film Festival (14 films in German, with English subtitles) for the University community in New Paltz, in which I introduce, screen and lead post-screening discussions, September-December, 1997-2001.

Organizational Memberships

Modern Language Association of America
American Association of Teachers of German
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
German Studies Association
Women in German


Book chapter: "How Enduring is the Present German Democracy?" in The Politics of Postwar Germany, ed. Walter Stahl (New York: Praeger, 1963), 277-284.

"A Reinterpretation of Kleist's Marquise von O...," Master's Thesis, Columbia University, 1965.

"Doghouse, Jailhouse, Madhouse: A Study of Oskar Panizza's Life and Literature," Diss. Columbia University, 1971.

Article: "Oskar Panizza's First and Last books: A Study in Late Nineteenth-Century Poetry," The Germanic Review, XLVIII (1973), 269-287.

Article: "Nuclear Power Plants Can Be Stopped - The Time is Now," WIN, vol.10, no.23 (June 23, 1974), 7-11.

Review of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Havana Inquiry in WIN, vol.10, no.31 (September 19, 1974), 22f.

Book: Nuclear Power in the Hudson Valley: Its Impact on You, co-editor with Stephen J. Egemeier (Highland, NY: Multi-County CDC, 1976).

Exhibit: "The Lloyd Nuclear Site -- Reactions to Reactors," multi-media exhibit produced for the Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY College at New Paltz, May 1976.

Book: Oskar Panizza: His Life and Works (New York and Bern: Peter Lang, 1983). Simultaneously published in separate European and American editions.

Review of Michael Bauer's Oskar Panizza: Ein literarisches Porträt in The Germanic Review, LX (1985), 119-20.

Article in German: "Drei Wochen im Stader Athenaeum," Jahrbuch (Stade: 1986), 46-51.

Review of Raleigh Whitinger's Johannes Schlaf and German Naturalist Drama in Seminar (Toronto), vol.34/4, November1998.

Translation of two poems by Luise Büchner, "At My Brother's Grave" and "The Bells of Zürich," in Susan L. Piepke, Women and their Vocation: A Nineteenth-Century View by Luise Büchner, New York: Peter Lang, 1999.

Exhibit: "Synthetic Vision: J.W. von Goethe, Poet and Scientist," multi-media exhibit in conjunction with the Goethe House, NYC. Sojourner Truth Library, December 1999.

Article: "The Continuing Trials of Oskar Panizza: A Century of Artistic Censorship in Germany, Austria and Beyond," German Studies Review 24/3 (October 2001), 533-556.

As founder and general editor (1985- ) of three series of scholarly books, Studies in Modern German Literature, Studies in German Jewish History and Women in German Literture, I have edited over 100 books for publication by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. (New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., London, Paris and Vienna).