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David J. Gramling

Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona

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(520) 822-6251
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as needed


Ph.D., German, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

David Gramling is on sabbatical from the University of Arizona Department of German Studies for Academic Year 2018–2019. He is very grateful to the UW Department of Germanics for its hospitality, giving him a brief second home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to continue his work and collaborations. UW students and colleagues are of course always welcome to contact David—through his Arizona email, or at the phone number above—to discuss their work and any mutual interests.

Bridging applied linguistics and literary criticism, David's monograph The Invention of Monolingualism (Bloomsbury, 2016) received the Book Award of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in 2018, which is awarded every two years. In July 2018, his co-authored book Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Power to Civic Language (written together with Germanists Yuliya Komska of Dartmouth College and Michelle Moyd of Indiana University) was released with Palgrave. A further co-authored book based in health humanities and Conversation Analysis, entitled Palliative Care Conversations: Medical and Applied Linguistic Perspectives will come out with De Gruyter in late 2018, co-written with his brother, Robert Gramling, a physician and epidemiologist. A special issue of German Studies Review, co-edited by David with Bethany Wiggin on "The Fall, and the Rise, of Monolingualism" will be published in October 2018. With Chantelle Warner, David edits the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Critical Multilingualism Studies.

During his year in Seattle, David will be sitting in coffee shops translating a Turkish novel into English and (he hopes) completing two monographs, entitled Literature in the Linguacene and Multilingualism: Critical Perspectives. Back in Arizona, he has served as Director of Graduate Studies for his home department, on and off, since 2012. As an academic adviser, he enjoys learning from the fierce, creative work of dissertation-writers, literary translators, early-career researchers, student activists / leaders, and language / literature / culture teachers.