Professor, Foreign Languages & Literature
Distinguished Professor of German
Humanities Program Committee Member
BA, Colorado College, 1976
MA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1979
MA, PhD, Princeton University, 1982, 1985
David teaches German language and literature at all levels (a recent favorite: “German Mentalities”), first-year seminars (notably: “Introduction to Evil”), and advanced seminars in medieval literature and history (recently: “Medieval Monsters”).
He has won two university teaching awards and will have held the University’s highest merit distinction, Distinguished Professor, for fifteen years. In 2011 David received a National Achievement Award from the American Association of Teachers of German and the Goethe Institute.
As a specialist in medieval cultural history, David has published on allegory, Arthurian romance, late-medieval asceticism, and, most recently, on twelfth-century depictions of the Muslim Other. His current project is a collaborative translation, with Paul S. Loeb, of Friedrich Nietzsche’s unpublished notes on Zarathustra. When completed in 2015, these two volumes of the new Stanford University Press edition will be part of the first complete edition in English of all of Nietzsche’s notes and writings.
During David’s service as chair of the Graduate Fellowships Advisory Committee (2009-12), Puget Sound students won more national scholarships and fellowships than at any time in its history. David has been the university Fulbright liaison since 2006.