I am Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago where I also served as Acting Provost in fall 2017. In addition, I am President of the Austrian Studies Association (2018-2020), a member organization of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
From 2003 until 2016, I was Professor of German and Linguists at Gordon College in Massachusetts, where I received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award in 2006. From 2006 until 2012, I was Chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics.
I am an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, PEN American Center, and PEN Austria. I am also an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and co-founder of the RSA's Future of Learning Network. I serve on the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Standing Committees of Private Institutions and Urban and Metropolitan Institutions. From 2017 to 2019, I was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). I am also a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
I serve on the editorial boards of The Journal of Austrian Studies (University of Nebraska Press), Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature (University Press of Florida), and The ACAD Leader (American Conference of Academic Deans).
I have written on literature, language, history, religion, culture, politics, and higher education. My latest book publication is The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (Palgrave, 2017). I am currently coediting the Routledge Handbook of Christianity and Culture, a volume on the writer Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989), and a collection of essays on good and evil.