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You can follow parts of his research on the website, Critical Engagements with Economic Thought.

William H. Carter is Assistant Professor of German Studies. He studied at the University of Virginia, the University of Heidelberg (Germanistik), and earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2005. He taught for three years at Tulane University before returning in 2011 to Iowa State, where he began his career. His research interests include, but are not limited to: the Age of Goethe; the intersection of literature, philosophy, and economic thought from the 18th century to the present; Austrian studies; film; psychoanalysis; and finance and society. He teaches all levels of German and GER 371: “The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory” (Online). Professor Carter is also the president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

Guest-Edited Special Issues

  • “Ethics of Debt” (Special Issue), Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, ed. William Carter, Jonathan Fox, Kate Padgett Walsh: Forthcoming.
  • “Ethics of Debt” (Special Issue), Finance and Society 2.1 (2016), ed. William Carter and Kate Padgett Walsh.


  • 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 49.3/4 (2016): 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.” In 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.” In Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 106.4 (2014): 563-82.
  • “Faust’s Begehren: Revisiting the History of Political Economy in Faust II.” In Goethe Yearbook 21 (2014): 103-28.
  • “Kant Crisis.” In Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies/Revue d’Études Interculturelles de l’Image 2.1(2011). http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca/?p=999
  • “‘Souverän meiner Zeit’: Opportunity Cost in Leo Perutz’s Zwischen neun und neun.” In Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik 39.2 (2008): 97-116.

Book Chapter

  • “‘Uralte und nie gehobne Beschweerde’: Goethe, Faust, and Taxes.” In Money and Culture. Ed. Fiona Cox and Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa. Munich: Peter Lang, 2007. 77-86.
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Teaching the History of Political Economy,” Duke University, 2010
  • Participant, Summer Seminar in Eighteenth-Century German Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, 2008
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Melting Pot Vienna: Then and Now,” Vienna, 2006
  • ELO Course Development Grant to create online course: “GER 371: The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory” (2015).
  • Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) Symposium Grant to fund a symposium on “The Ethics of Debt” and related events, with Kate Padgett-Walsh (ISU, Philosophy) (2015).
  • NEH Summer Scholar Grant, NEH Summer Institute, “Teaching the History of Political Economy,” Duke University, June 2010.
  • NEH Summer Scholar Grant, NEH Summer Seminar, “Melting Pot Vienna: Then and Now,” Vienna, Austria, July 2006.

Meet Dr. William Carter

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Office: 2228 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-1610
Email: wcarter@iastate.edu