Mark L. Louden

Credentials: German

Position title: Professor, German+ Unit Head

Pronouns: he/him/his


Office Number: 802 Van Hise Hall

Language: Pennsylvania Dutch, German, Yiddish

Research/Language Interests: Germanic linguistics, German-American studies, Anabaptist studies, Yiddish studies.

About: Mark L. Louden is the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic linguistics and Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies. He is an affiliate of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Religious Studies, Language Sciences and Folklore programs at UW–Madison. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, most of his published research and public outreach center on the language and its speakers, past and present. In 2016 he was awarded the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize from the German Academic Exchange Service, and for his book, Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language, he received the 2017 Dale W. Brown Book Award from the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabetown College. Aside from his teaching and research, he serves as an interpreter, cultural mediator, and patient navigator for Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups in the health care and legal systems.

Affiliated Departments: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, Religious Studies Program, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies

• Cornell University, Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics (1988)
• Cornell University, M.A. in Germanic Linguistics (1987)
• Cornell University, A.B. with Distinction in All Subjects, German Area Studies (1984)


Mark L. Louden CV

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