Mark Rectanus

University Professor Emeritus of German


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3102 Pearson Hall
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


Mark W. Rectanus (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis) studied at the University of Tübingen and completed his dissertation research on paperback series in Germany (Literary Series in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1960 to 1980) as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich. Professor Rectanus has been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Munich. His publications include research on the German publishing industry, the book and electronic media, contemporary German literature, corporate sponsorships, cultural politics, museum studies, and contemporary conceptual art. Much of his research addresses the globalization of culture, including his book Culture Incorporated: Museums, Artists, and Corporate Sponsorships (University of Minnesota Press), and the impact of globalization on contemporary museums. He has published numerous articles, including essays in: German Studies Review, New German Critique, TELOS, Performance Research, and Finance and Society. In addition to his research interests, Professor Rectanus instructs courses on “German Film and Media Studies,” “German for Global Professionals,” and “Germany Today.” He also co-teaches “Technology, Globalization, and Culture” with Professor James Oliver (Department of Mechanical Engineering). He is the founding Director of the Languages and Cultures for Professions program at Iowa State University and continues to co-direct the program with Professor Chad Gasta. Professor Rectanus was Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures from 2008 to 2013 and was awarded the rank of University Professor at Iowa State University in 2017.