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Meet the Faculty

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David Dowdey

Professor of German Language and Literature

Division: International Studies and Languages Division
Office: Pendleton Learning Center (PLC) 190
Phone: (310) 506-7446
E-mail: david.dowdey@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., German, Vanderbilt University, 1976
  • M.A., German, Vanderbilt University, 1970
  • B.A., German, David Lipscomb University, 1967, Cum Laude


  • German Language and Literature

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Research Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, at Freie Universität Berlin, 1970-1971, 1971
  • Seminar Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981
  • Pepperdine Heidelberg Program, 1986, 1993-1994, 1994
  • Research sabbatical, fall 1994, 1994
  • Institute of International Education, National Screening Committee for Fulbright Awards to Germany, 1995-1998, 1998
  • Research sabbatical, fall 2000, 2000
  • American Association of Teachers of German AATG
  • Lessing Society

Academic Interests:

  • Anti-Semitism and Christian views of Jews in 18th-century Germany
  • German language, philosophy, and literature

Selected Works:

  • Dowdey, David. Rev. of Moses Mendelssohn im Spannungsfeld der Aufklärung, ed. by Michael Albrecht and Eva J. Engel. Monatshefte, 94.4/Winter 2002., 2002
  • Dowdey, David. Rev. of Continued Existence, Reincarnation, and the Power of Sympathy in Classical Weimar, by Lieselotte Kurth-Voigt. Monatshefte, 93.2/Summer 2001., 2001
  • Dowdey, David. Rev. of Moses Mendelssohn and the Religious Enlightenment, by David Sorkin. Monatshefte, 88.4/Winter 1996., 1996
  • Dowdey, David and Robert Wolfgang Rhée, trans. And eds. Leo Baeck: A Radio Play Based on Authentic Texts. Literature and the Sciences of Man 10. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1995., 1995
  • Dowdey, David. "Secularization in Moses Mendelssohn's Thinking: Harmony Between the World of Judaism and Enlightenment?" Abstract. Actes du Sixième Congrès international des Lumières. Oxford : The Voltaire Foundation, 1983., 1983