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Gregor Thuswaldner

Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University

Gregor Thuswaldner is Provost and Executive Vice President at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. From 2016 to 2020, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago where he also served as Acting Provost in fall 2017. Before becoming Dean, he was Professor of German and Linguistics, a Senior Fellow, and Interim Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (2003-2016). From 2006 until 2012, he chaired Gordon’s Department of Languages and Linguistics. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award at Gordon College.

Thuswaldner studied English and German literature at the University of Salzburg (B.A. Equivalent), Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna (Master’s), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D.). He holds an additional Master’s in Higher Education Administration from North Park University.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society, as well as an elected member of PEN American Center, PEN Austria, and the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts. He is also a Leadership Fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows at St. George’s House at Windsor Castle, UK. From 2017 to 2019, he served as Chair of the Board of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA).

He has written on literature, language, religion, culture, politics, and higher education. His publications have appeared in refereed journals, academic books, magazines, and American, German, and Austrian newspapers. His latest book publications are the co-edited volumes The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (Palgrave, 2017) and Thomas Bernhard’s Afterlives (Bloomsbury, 2020). He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Christianity and Culture.

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