Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures

ASB 258


  • Ph.D. in German, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003
  • Secondary Teaching License in German and English, Macalester College, 1994
  • M.A. in German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
  • B.A. in German and English, Macalester College, 1988

Curriculum Vitae


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 memory and identity. His current project examines the writing of the German Nobel laureate Günter Grass, whose influential texts about memory of Nazism have led to longstanding international celebrity but also controversy surrounding the author’s wartime past.

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). He served 2011-2013 as Resident Director of the VU Study Center in Reutlingen, Germany and 2014-2015 as President of the Eta of Indiana Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is married and has two sons.


I. Articles and Book Chapters

“Ibrahim and Ismail, Abraham and Isaac: Turkish-German Relations and Sacrifice in Fatih Akin’s Auf der anderen Seite.” Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures. Opfer bringen: Opfervorstellungen in europäischen und amerikanischen Kulturen. Eds. Nicholas Brooks and Gregor Thuswaldner. Vienna: New Academic Press, 2016. 150-63.

“‘Nicht das eine und nicht das andere’: Hybridity, Gender, and (East) German Identity in Thomas Brussig’s Wie es leuchtet.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 46.2 (May 2010): 161-79.

“Indispensable, Inadequate Narratives: On Reading Grass’s Oeuvre with Lacan.” Changing the Nation: Günter Grass in International Perspective. Eds. Rebecca Braun and Frank Brunssen. Würzburg: Königshausen and Neumann, 2008. 36-48.

“‘Even Wallpaper Has a Better Memory Than Ours’: Personal and Public Memory in The Tin Drum.” Approaches to Teaching Grass’s The Tin Drum. Ed. Monika Shafi. New York: MLA, 2008. 56-66.

“Thomas Bernhard’s Frost and Adalbert Stifter: Literature, Legacy, and National Identity in the Early Austrian Second Republic.” German Studies Review 28.1 (February 2005): 65-84.

“George Tabori’s Jubiläum: Jokes and Their Relation to the Representation of the Holocaust.” The German Quarterly 72.2 (Spring 1999): 167-84.

II. Book Reviews

Stuart Taberner, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. The German Quarterly 83.4 (Fall 2010): 524-25.

Claude Haas. Arbeit am Abscheu: Zu Thomas Bernhards Prosa. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2007. Modern Austrian Literature 42.4 (2009): 108-10.

Peter Uwe Hohendahl, ed. German Studies in the United States: A Historical Handbook. New York: MLA, 2003. Monatshefte 98.1 (Spring 2006): 139-41.

Peter O. Arnds. Representation, Subversion, and Eugenics in Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. The German Quarterly 78.2 (Spring 2005): 254- 55.

Gitta Honegger. Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian. New Haven: Yale UP, 2001. Monatshefte 96.4 (Winter 2004): 624-25.

Jonathan J. Long. The Novels of Thomas Bernhard: Form and Its Function. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2001. The German Quarterly 76.3 (Summer 2003): 352-53.

Peter Höyng, ed. Verkörperte Geschichtsentwürfe: George Taboris Theaterarbeit. Embodied Projections on History: George Tabori’s Theater Work. Tübingen: Francke, 1998. The German Quarterly 74.2 (Spring 2001): 220-21.

III. Curricular Contribution

Tedick, Diane J., ed. Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction and Assessment: A Curriculum Handbook for Teachers. Minneapolis: The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, 1998.

Courses Taught

  • Valparaiso Core (interdisciplinary, first-year undergraduate seminar, taught in English)
  • German Literary Studies (undergraduate course, taught in English)
  • Beginning German (first-year undergraduate courses)
  • Intermediate German (second-year undergraduate courses)
  • German Composition and Conversation I and II (second- and third-year undergraduate courses)
  • Approaches to German Studies (advanced undergraduate course)
  • Advanced German Grammar Topics (advanced undergraduate courses)
  • German Civilization since 1800 (advanced undergraduate course)
  • German Literature since 1800 (advanced undergraduate course)
  • German in the Media (advanced undergraduate course)
  • German Studies: Enlightenment and Revolution (advanced undergraduate course)
  • Gender and Identity in Austria from Mozart to Jelinek (advanced undergraduate course)
  • German Drama Practicum (undergraduate German theater performances)
  • German-Language Writing and Film since 1968 (undergraduate German senior seminar)
  • Identity and Memory in German-Language Writing and Film (undergraduate German senior seminar)
  • Lives and History: German Literature and Film of the Past Four Decades (undergraduate German senior seminar)


  • American Association of Teachers of German
  • German Studies Association
  • Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association
  • Modern Language Association


  • 2014 Travel Award, Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching, Valparaiso University (for conference participation in Vancouver, Canada)
  • 2009 DAAD Faculty Research Visit Grant (German Academic Exchange Service, support for a month of archival research on Günter Grass in Germany)
  • 2009 Philip and Miriam Kapfer Endowed Faculty Research Award, Valparaiso University ($10,000 for research on Günter Grass)
  • 2007 Travel Award, Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching, Valparaiso University (for conference participation at the University of Liverpool, England)
  • 2005 Summer Research Fellowship, Valparaiso University (for archival work and an interview with the author Thomas Brussig in Germany)
  • 2002 Summer Research Fellowship, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • 2001-2002 University of Minnesota Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2001 Grant for Travel and Summer Research at Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach am Neckar, Germany; Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • 2000-2001Berlin Direct Exchange Scholarship (for part-time office work at Dahlem Konferenzen, providing support for conference organizing and editing of publications), Freie-Universität, Berlin
  • 2000 Travel Grant, Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota
  • 2000 Summer Research Fellowship, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • 2000 Departmental Commendation for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Progress, University of Minnesota
  • 1999 Summer Research Fellowship, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • 1998 Fellowship for winter and spring quarters, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • 1990-1991 University of Wisconsin Graduate Fellowship
  • 1988-1989 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1988 F. Earl Ward Award, Department of English, Macalester College
  • 1988 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1988 Delta Phi Alpha (National German Honor Society)
  • 1988 Delta Phi Alpha (German National Honor Society)


  • German and Austrian literature and culture since 1800 (post-1945 emphasis)
  • Günter Grass
  • Memory studies and trauma studies
  • Gender studies
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • German film
  • Language pedagogy