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David began learning German at age 19, as a DAZ / DAF student at a language institute in Tübingen. His first academic post after doctoral work, 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 several years. After that, David came to the University of Arizona, where he now serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department and coordinate 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, and faculty adviser to the German Students Club.
David's program of 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 Commission. David considers his main fields of research to be applied linguistics and literary and cultural studies, with subfields / emphases in multilingualism and translating. Courses he has developed and taught regularly include Language and Power; The Task of the Translator; Thinkers and Dreamers; Introduction to World Literature; and The Multilingual Subject. David's 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 second hometown is Wuppertal.
David's most recent book, The Invention of Monolingualism, was published in Fall 2016 with Bloomsbury. Two co-authored books are in press, 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). David's 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. He is a working translator (mostly in the evenings!) and is committed to collaborative research with colleagues and students. David's first doctoral graduate, Dr. Kyung Lee Gagum (PhD in Transcultural German Studies, 2017), has taken a faculty position at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently chairing three further doctoral dissertations in the Department.