William Carter

Associate Professor of German, Director of International Studies


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2228 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA

Area of expertise: Austrian studies and film, German literature; philosophy; and culture from the eighteenth century to the present

Topics of interest: Faust tradition, Finance and society, Intersections of literature/philosophy/economic thought


William H. Carter is Associate Professor of German Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests begin in the Goethezeit and include: the Faust tradition; intersections of literature, philosophy, and economic thought from the eighteenth century to the present; Austrian studies; film; and, most recently, finance and society. He has published articles in the Goethe Yearbook, Herder Jahrbuch/Yearbook, Colloquia Germanica, Monatshefte, and German Studies Review. He has co-edited special issues for Finance and Society and the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, both on the topic “Ethics of Debt,” and founded the research exchange portal “Critical Engagements with Economic Thought” (economicthought.ceah.iastate.edu). He is the former president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, and his teaching experience ranges from core German classes to an online Holocaust course. Prof. Carter, a Thai American who grew up in rural Texas, has also taught WLC 210: "Introduction to Asian American Studies."

Check out Dr. Carter's WLC Photofilm here.

Recent / Major Publications

  • “Money, Violence, and the Financialized Self in Michael Haneke’s ‘Glaciation Trilogy,’” The German Quarterly 94.1 (2021): 116-30.

  • “Intersections of Money, Debt, and Uncertainty in Rabinovici’s
 Suche nach M.,” German Studies Review 41.2 (2018): 297-314.

  • “Spielerische Gedanken: Economic Crisis and Speculation in Hugo Bettauer’s Die Stadt ohne Juden and its Adaptation by Hans Karl Breslauer,” Journal of Austrian Studies 49.3 (2016) [published 2017]: 1-16.

  • “Die Ketten [. . .] mit der Zeit lieben lernen”: Herder’s Reflections on Individual Freedom and the Political Liberty in the Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit,” Herder Jahrbuch/Yearbook 13 (2016): 63-83.

  • “Administration and its Vicissitudes: Contingency, Crisis, and Failure in Justus Möser’s “Kurze Geschichte der Bauerhöfe” and Goethe’s Faust II,” Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 106.4 (2014): 563-82.

  • “Faust’s Begehren: Revisiting the History of Political Economy in Faust II,” Goethe Yearbook 21 (2014): 103-28.