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David Dowdey

Professor Emeritus
International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College
PLC 190


David Dowdey is professor of German language and literature at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He received his PhD in German studies from Vanderbilt University. He was the recipient of a DAAD award for doctoral studies at the Free University of Berlin, and also received an NEH grant for a summer seminar at Indiana University. He has presented papers at professional conferences and has published review essays in journals such as the German Quarterly and the Lessing Yearbook.


  • BA, David Lipscomb College, 1967
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1970
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1976


  • The Lyrical Language of Goethe and Haller: A Comparison
  • Leo Baeck: A Radio Play Based on Authentic Texts (Erwin Sylvanus) Edited and translated by David Dowdey and Robert Rhée.
  • Jewish-Christian Relations in Eighteenth-Century Germany: Textal Studies on German Archival Holdings, 1729-1742
  • 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
  • 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


  • 18th-Century German Literature
  • Holocaust
  • Resistance during Nazi period


  • German Language and Literature