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Dr. Peter M. Sullivan

Dr. Peter M. Sullivan teaches courses in German language and literature.

After completing college, Sullivan worked in German industry. He served in the military and was later employed by the Berlitz School in Heidelberg, where he came to appreciate challenges experienced by learners of English. He studied at Heidelberg University before returning to the U.S. to complete his doctorate in German at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Sullivan is adviser to the German Club and has organized trips to Old Economy (an early nineteenth-century German community), the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, and other cultural sites. The club features fall and spring picnics with ample German food and on-campus events, including music evenings and German films. Dr. Sullivan also serves as adviser to the German minors.

Dr. Sullivan’s research focuses on the influence of German culture on the writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and has published essays on Cather in the Western Pennsylvania Magazine, Cather Studies, and the Nassau Review. He contributed a chapter to the book Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, and Revisions. He has served on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Canadian Studies Consortium, and he published an article in Representations of Canada on the literary content in German newspapers in Ontario. His book, St. Peters Bote: A German Language Newspaper on the Canadian Prairie. The Early Years, was recently published by the Saskatchewan German Council, and he will soon give invited talks on his research at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Regina.

  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Sutton Hall, Room 455
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2325
  • Fax: 724-357-1268
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.