(PhD, Utah; PhD,Ruhr Bochum) Associate Professor of German, Chinese and Comparative Literature at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches and serves in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He assumed this position following years as German translator and senior researcher in China and Austria, and years as Language Center Directors at CWRU and elsewhere. His publications include several books and translated volumes, numerous journal papers, book chapters, and book and film reviews in German Studies, Sustainability Studies, Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Technology, and Economics. His most recent books include Theater ist Theater on theatricality in the chalk-circle plays by Bertolt Brecht and Li Xingdao [Peter Lang, 1998], Play is Play on the Swiss playwright Max Frisch’s The Great Wall [University Press of America, 2000], Modern German Plays: An Advanced German Textbook [Peter Lang, 2014], Rolling Back the Tide of Climate Change in the USA and China: Renewable Solutions and Policy Instruments [Green Economis, 2015], and Renewables are Getting Cheaper [Green Economis, 2016]. His book German Through Plays: An Intermediate German Textbook is forthcoming in the first half of 2017 [Foreign Language Teaching and Research]. He has received a number of grants and awards, including a Provost Opportunity Grant ($260,000). For more detailed information, follow this link.