Weise's academic research centers on German Jewish literature after the Holocaust, with a particular focus on East Germany.
Peter Weise came to MIT in 2008, after having taught at Georgetown University and Boston University. Before receiving an M.A. in German and European Studies and a Ph.D. in German at Georgetown University, he completed coursework in Cultural Studies and contemporary German literature at Humboldt Universität Berlin (Germany).
Weise's academic research centers on German Jewish literature after the Holocaust, with a particular focus on East Germany. He has also done extensive research on autobiographical narratives of the Holocaust. Weise has delivered papers at regional and national conferences in the U.S. and Europe on a wide range of issues: from Holocaust literature to contemporary literary developments in Germany, from the culture and politics of European integration to advanced issues of content-based instruction in the second language classroom. He has written several articles for academic periodicals and journals as well as contributed to an anthology. Weise is currently working on a book manuscript dealing with German-Jewish literature in the GDR.
At MIT, Weise teaches predominantly first and fourth semester German. He also teaches an advanced German class called “Murder, Madness, Mysteries” which introduces students to German literature in its historical and cultural context. Furthermore, he is the instructor for “Professional Communication in German,” a class that prepares students for research and academic work as well as professional careers in Germany and German speaking institutions.
In the academic year 2015/16, Weise is serving as the academic coordinator for the German group and its study abroad advisor.