Thomas Rommel

Rector and Provost August 2012 - June 2015
Professor of Literature

Research Interests

His research interests focus on 18th-century literature and the history of ideas, Romanticism, literature and economics, and literary theory in the context of digital humanities. He is now working on Liberal Arts education in the context of the Bologna process.

University Education

Thomas Rommel became a Professor of Literature in 2001. He was educated at the University of Tübingen where he received his Ph.D. in 1995 and the Habilitation (venia legendi in English philology) in 2000.

Before joining Bard College Berlin, he held positions at Jacobs University, Northern Arizona University (USA), and Joensuu University (Finland; Socrates Vierailera professori). He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Rice University in the United States.

Fellowships and Awards

In 2002 Rommel was the first recipient of the Krupp College Teaching Award.
In 2003 he was awarded the "Bremer Kooperationspreis" for innovative cooperative projects in the area of postcolonial and transcultural studies, with Bremen University (INPUTS).

Publications
(selected)

Grundbegriffe der Literatur. Münster. LIT, 2012.

Plagiate - Gefahr für die Wissenschaft? Eine internationale Bestandsaufnahme. Münster: LIT, 2011.

50 Klassiker der Weltliteratur. Bücher lesen und verstehen. Hamburg: merus verlag, 2006; reprint Contumax GmbH & Co. KG, 2013

Literaturspalten. Bücher lesen und verstehen. Hamburg: merus verlag, 2006.

Das Selbstinteresse von Mandeville bis Smith. Ökonomisches Denken in ausgewählten Texten des 18. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006.

Mapping Uncertain Territories. Space and Place in Contemporary Theatre and Drama. (Contemporary Drama in English; 13). Ed., with Mark Schreiber. Trier: WVT, 2006.

Studium Literaturwissenschaft. Arbeitstechniken und Neue Medien. With Hans-Werner Ludwig. Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag (UTB), 2003.

Adam Smith für Anfänger. Der Wohlstand der Nationen. Eine Lese-Einführung von Helen Winter und Thomas Rommel. (Philosophie für Anfänger; 30708). With Helen Winter. München, DTV, 1999. Third edition July 2006.

Italian translation: La riccezza delle nazioni. Guida e commento. Gli elefanti, Garzanti, 2001.

"Anglistik im Internet". Proceedings of the 1996 Erfurt Conference on Computing in the Humanities. Ed., with Doris Feldmann and Fritz-Wilhelm Neumann. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1997.

"And trace it in this poem every line" Methoden und Verfahren computerunterstützter Textanalyse am Beispiel von Lord Byrons Don Juan. (Tübinger Beiträge zur Anglistik; 15). Tübingen: Narr, 1995.

Other Professional Activities

Thomas Rommel was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, ALLC.
He is one of the co-founders of Prolepsis. The Heidelberg Review of English Studies. Together with Peter Paul Schnierer (University of Heidelberg) and Richard Utz (University of Northern Iowa, USA) he is on the editorial board of Prolepsis.
He is on the board of administrators of the “Stiftung Post-Stipendium von 1742.”