Faculty Profile

Prof. Timothy Malchow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of German

Arts and Sciences, ASB 258



Ph.D. -- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.A.-- University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. -- Macalester College

Professor Malchow's CV

Professor Malchow fell in love with German language, literature, and culture while studying abroad in Bremen, Germany and Vienna, Austria in college. After graduation, he returned to Germany for a year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Nuremberg, followed by another year as a volunteer in a German Lutheran social work program (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr). During this second year, he witnessed firsthand the fascinating societal changes surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. These experiences taught him: “Pursue what you love with passion and dedication, and remarkable things can happen!” He returned to the U.S. for graduate study and to teach. Research on his doctoral dissertation eventually led him back to Germany for another year, this time to his favorite city, Berlin. He joined the VU faculty in 2003.

Professor Malchow teaches VU German courses at all levels. Many of his courses emphasize understanding contemporary culture and history through the study of literature.

Professor Malchow’s research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary German and Austrian literature, especially their representations of individual and collective memory. His current project examines the writing of the German Nobel laureate Günter Grass, whose important texts about memory of Nazism have led to longstanding international celebrity but also controversy surrounding the author’s past.

In recent years, Professor Malchow has been honored with VU’s Philip and Miriam Kapfer Endowed Faculty Research Award as well as a Faculty Research Visit Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2011, he moved back to Germany with his spouse and two sons to serve for two years as Resident Director of the VU Study Center in Reutlingen