Dr. Dan Walther
Dr. Dan Walther

The Gerald R. Kleinfeld Distinguished Professorship in German History

Established in 2007 through a generous contribution from Dr. Gerald R. Kleinfeld

An active researcher, Dr. Dan Walther is the author of numerous articles and reviews and frequently presents at national and international conferences. Since joining the Wartburg faculty in 1996, he has revised the history curriculum and developed new courses in German, African, and Russian history as well as "Colonialism and Culture." He became the Gerald Kleinfeld Distinguished Professor of German History in 2007.

Walther's interest in German colonialism resulted in a book, Creating Germans Abroad: Cultural Policies and National Identity in Namibia. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. degree from Indiana University, and a B.A. degree from Northwestern University. His professional experience includes a transatlantic doctoral seminar in German history at Bochum, Germany, and several fellowships and teaching assistantships. He is currently studying in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship.

He served as co-editor of an article in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, entitled "Masculinity and Homosexuality: Germany and the German Colonies, 1888-1945."


Dr. Gerald Kleinfeld is founder and former executive director of the German Studies Association and a professor emeritus of history at Arizona State University. His professorship recognizes Wartburg as the last German-immigrant-founded college in the United States that still supports active programs and relationships with Germany and encourages those ongoing connections.