Assistant Professor of Practice of German | German Section Head Modern Languages & Literatures

Ted Dawson researches and teaches Austrian and German literature and culture, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries. His research focuses on environmental humanities, digital humanities, sound and media studies, and second-language studies. Before coming to Nebraska, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.

He has presented and published on Austrian rap music, multilingualism in German studies, the emerging field of EcoDH / environmental digital humanities, and Austrian author Christoph Ransmayr as poet of the Anthropocene. He has taught a wide variety of German language and culture courses, and particularly enjoys teaching German and Austrian literature of the environment and German vocal music from Schubert to hip-hop. He has spent four years researching and teaching in Austria and Germany, almost exclusively in cities beginning with the letter "W" (at least in German): Würzburg, Wiesbaden, and above all, Wien (Vienna).


Journal Articles
  • With the Eaton Group (multiple authors). “A Multilingual Turn in German Studies: Premises, Provisos, and Prospects.” Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German, vol. 52, no.1, 2019, pp. 14-31.

  • “Reinventing Genius in the .com Age: Austrian Rap Music and a New Way of Knowing.” Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 51, no. 3, 2018, pp. 21-42.


Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Volumes
  • “Cat Art and Climate Change: Collecting in the Data Anthropocene.” Collecting in the 21stCentury: From Museums to the Web. Eds. Johannes Endres and Christoph Zeller. Camden House. (forthcoming)

  • “The Weight of the Digital: Experiencing Infrastructure with InfraVU.” Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene . Eds. Geoffrey Rockwell, Chelsea Miya, and Oliver Rossier. Open Book. (forthcoming 2020)


Book Reviews
  • Kata Gellen. Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism.Journal of Austrian Studies. vol. 53, no. 1, 2020, pp. 101-103.

  • Jacqueline Vansant. Austria Made in Hollywood. German Studies Review. vol. 43, no. 1, 2020. pp. 200-201.

  • Lisa Blasch, Daniel Pfurtscheller, and Thomas Schröder, eds. Schneller, bunter, leichter? Kommunikationsstille im medialen Wandel. Journal of Austrian Studies. vol. 52, no. 1-2, 2019, pp. 192-95.


  • PhD Vanderbilt University
  • MA University of California Berkeley
  • BA Davidson College