Meet the Director - Reutlingen, Germany



Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities.  Since 1968, VU has sent 20 different faculty members, and their families, to the Reutlingen, Germany program for two, and in some cases, three year appointments.

Carter Hanson serves as resident director for Valparaiso University's Study Abroad Center at Reutlingen, Germany, from 2015 to 2017.  He received his B.A. from Luther and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Carter Hanson joined the Valparaiso English Department in 1999.  From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Resident Director of VU's international study center in Cambridge, England.   

Professor Hanson teaches upper-level courses on the English novel, Canadian fiction, Adolescent literature and Children's literature.  He also enjoys teaching general education courses such as Core and Literary Studies.  In addition to these literary topics, Professor Hanson teaches a graduate course on the history of electronic dance music. 

Professor Hanson’s main areas of research expertise are Nineteenth-Century English literature, Canadian literature, and Utopian/Dystopian literature.  In the classroom, Professor Hanson tries to help students fully explore individual texts through discussion, as well as to establish the important connections between texts, history and culture.  Some of his favorite books and authors are Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad, The Englishman’s Boy, by Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne.    

Professor Hanson's interest in Canadian literature began when he started researching the history and literature of nineteenth-century English emigration to Canada.  He has published articles on this topic in journals like Canadian Literature and The American Review of Canadian Studies, and his book Emigration, Nation, Vocation: The Literature of English Emigration to Canada, 1825-1900 will be published in 2009 by Michigan State University Press.  His most recent article, "The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's The Giver," will be published in the journal Extrapolation.     

Along with his wife Michelle, Carter spends much of his free time parenting two daughters.  His extracurricular passions include dance/electro/pop music and nearly anything related to Star Wars.   

Professor Hanson's undergraduate degree was from Luther, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Iowa.