Lecturer in German

Office hours 

MTR 10-11

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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 (1998) and a Ph.D. in German at Georgetown University (2004), he completed coursework in Cultural Studies and contemporary German literature at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany).

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.

Weise has been serving as the study abroad advisor for the German group in GSL since 2008 and its academic coordinator since 2015.  He is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the German Studies Association (GSA), and currently serves as the Testing Chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Research Areas / ExpertiseForeign Language Pedagogy:   Curriculum and Course Design; Content-based Second Language Instruction; Writing Portfolios as Assessment Tools in Instructed SLA
German Studies: German-Jewish Writing in Germany after 1945; Post-Wall Memory Culture in Germany; Literature and Cultural Politics in the GDR; National and Cultural Identity and the Process of European Integration

2004 Ph.D. Georgetown University
1998 M.A. Georgetown University
1996 Vordiplom Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin