Timm Menke is Professor of German at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He has university degrees in German and English from the University of Freiburg and teaching degrees from the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany and received an MA and a PhD in German from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and at Macalester College and was a visiting fellow at New Hall in the University of Cambridge and at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His publications include four scholarly books and many articles and book reviews, primarily on 20th century German literature. A specialist on the German avant-garde author Arno Schmidt, he is the co-editor of IRAS (Internet Review Arno Schmidt). The recipient of several prestigious scholarships and grants (Fulbright, DAAD, AATG, German Schiller Society, NEH, Goethe Institute), he teaches German culture and literature courses from 1750 to the present.