David Gramling began learning German at age 19, as a DAZ / DAF student at a language institute in Tübingen. He continued his studies in German, comparative literature, LGBT studies, and applied linguistics at Middlebury College (BA), the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz (year abroad), the University of California, Berkeley (MA and PhD), and at the Humboldt-University zu Berlin (Fulbright Dissertation Year). During that time, he completed work on his first two co-edited books (with Anton Kaes, Deniz Göktürk, and Andreas Langenohl), entitled Germany in Transit: Nation and Migration 1955-2005 (University of California Press, 2007) and Transit Deutschland: Debatten zu Nation und Migration (Konstanz University Press, 2011).
David’s first academic post, in 2008, was as a "Ziyaretçi Yardımcı Doçent" (Visiting Assisting Professor) at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, where he taught in a “great books”-style curriculum for two years. After that, in 2010, he was supported by the American Council of Learned Societies as a New Faculty Fellow in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona, where he now holds the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. David serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department and coordinates our dual/joint doctoral program with the Herder Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache at the Univeristät Leipzig. He is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Over the years, David’s research has been supported by many people and organizations, including the US National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts and Humanities Council of the United Kingdom Translating Cultures Programme, the US Departments of Education and of State (Foreign Language and Area Studies program), the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the German Fulbright Comission. David considers his main fields of research to be applied linguistics and literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on multilingualism and translating. Courses he has developed and teaches regularly include Language and Power; The Task of the Translator; Thinkers and Dreamers; and The Multilingual Subject. His research and teaching have brought him in recent years to sites of learning and dialogue in Ghana, Luxembourg, Scotland, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Poland, Italy, England, Canada, and of course Germany, where his favorite home-base city is Wuppertal.
David's most recent book, The Invention of Monolingualism, was published in Fall 2016 with Bloomsbury. He is currently completing two co-authored books under contract, one on clinical conversations in end-of-life hospital settings among patients, families, physicians, and nurse practitioners (with Robert Gramling, deGruyter Mouton, 2018), and one entitled Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Language to Civic Power (with Yuliya Komska and Michelle Moyd, Palgrave, 2018). His next monograph, under development, is titled: Into the Linguacene: Toward an Anthropology of Monolingualism. With Chantelle Warner, he has co-edited the interdisciplinary journal Critical Multilingualism Studies (cms.arizona.edu) since 2012. David is a working translator (mostly in the evenings!) and is committed to collaborative research with colleagues and students. His first doctoral graduate, Dr. Kyung Lee Gagum (PhD in Transcultural German Studies), has taken a faculty position at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently chairing three further dissertations in the Department.
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