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About Richard Utz

I am Chair and Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before coming to GT, I served as Chair and Professor in the English Department at Western Michigan University (2007-11) and was a University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa (1991-2007). I studied English and German literature and language at the University of Regensburg (Germany) and Williams College (USA), specializing in Early English literature and linguistics and attending classes taught by Karl Heinz Göller, Gerhard Hahn, Otto Hietsch, Sherron Knopp, Ernst von Reusner, and Maureen Fries. In 1990, I received my doctorate in English and German philology from the University of Regensburg, and I have also taught at the Pädagogische Hochschule Dresden (1990-1991) and the University of Tübingen (1996-1998).
Much of my recent scholarly work happens at the intersections of medieval literature, language, and culture and their reception in postmedieval times. Due to my international biography and career, I also developed a special interest in the genesis of humanistic inquiry from the beginnings of the modern university in Germany and Britain through their various transformations in North America. Within these general areas, I focus on questions of cultural translation, memory, identity, and discourse.


Present Chair & Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Medievalism Studies

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Honors and Awards

  • Dr. Philipp Hubbard Award for Oustanding Educator (Northern Iowa)
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award (Northern Iowa)
  • University Distinguished Scholar Award (Northern Iowa)
  • Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award (Northern Iowa)
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Teaching Award (Northern Iowa)
  • Dr. Katharina Sailer Award for Outstanding Work in English Studies (Regensburg)
  • President: International Society for the Study of Medievalism (2009--)

Contact Information

686 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA, 30332-0165 Ph: 404-894-2730 Fax: 404-894-1287


Monographs (2)

Edited Volumes (22)

Journal Articles (38)