Professor Clouser received his A.M. in German from the University of Pennsylvania (1965) and his Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Kansas (1971).  He has been a member of the Ursinus faculty since 1974.  He has received research and travel fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Council of Learned Societies. His courses focus on German Classicism and literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, and include surveys of German literature from the Hildebrandslied to Günter Grass, German fairy tales from folk to political, German film, and courses using contemporary materials from Germany in topics such as economics, science and the environment. Professor Clouser also advises German majors seeking secondary school teaching certification in German. 

Professor Clouser has published a book, Love and Social Contracts: Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten (Peter Lang, 1991), and numerous articles on Heinrich von Kleist, Gottfried Keller, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Goethe.  He is currently working on a study of Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister novels. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Ursinus Project Director for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to Transform the Teaching of Modern Languages and helped form the Allegheny-Lafayette-Ursinus Consortium.   In 1996, he initiated the Ursinus College in Germany Summer and Semester programs, formed a summer program consortium with Villanova, Rosemont and St. Joseph Universities, and has led six summer and semester programs in Tübingen and one in Florence.


“‘Die pilgernde Törin’: Genesis, Revaluation, and Mirroring in Goethe’s Wanderjahre.” Goethe Yearbook: Publications of the Goethe Society of North America, 14 (2007), 171-206.

“Goethe’s View of Moravianism in Bekenntnisse einer schönen Seele,” co-authored with Christian Rice.  Unitas Fratrum: Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Gegenwartsfragen der Brüdergemeine (Herrnhut, Germany), 45/46 (1999), 193-205.

Love and Social Contracts:  Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten.  Germanic Series in America, general editor Katherina Mommsen, Stanford University.  Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 1991. 

“Gerhart Hauptmann, 1862-1946.”  Research Guide: Drama.  Washington, D.C.:   Research Publishing, 1986, 305-314.

“The Pilgrim of Consciousness: Hauptmann’s Syncretistic Fairy Tale.”  Hauptmann-Forschung, Neue Beiträge / Hauptmann Research, New Directions.  Eds. Peter Sprengel, Philip Mellen.  Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 1986.  303-322.

“Heroism in Kleist’s Das Erdbeben in Chili.” The Germanic Review, 58 (1983), 129-140.

“The Spiritual Malaise of a Modern Hercules: Hauptmann’s Bahnwärter Thiel.”  The Germanic Review, 55 (1980), 98-108.

“Ideas of Utopia in Goethe’s Novelle.”  Publications of the English Goethe Society, 49 (1979), 1-44.

Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe: Keller’s Variations upon Shakespeare.”  Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 77 (1978), 161-182.

“‘Sosias tritt mit einer Laterne auf’:  Messenger to Myth in Kleist’s Amphitryon.” The Germanic Review, 50 (1975), 275-293.