Donald R. Sunnen, Ph.D.


Professor of Modern Languages & Cultures
Virginia Military Institute

422 Scott Shipp Hall |  Ph: 540-464-7360  | 
Department office: 540-464-7241 | Fax: 540-464-7677


  • Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990, Germanic Languages & Literatures.  Dissertation:  "Medieval Translation as certamen; the Germanic Versions of Yvain, le chevalier au lion"
  • M.A. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984, Germanic Linguistics.
  • B.A. - Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1979, German/French.


  • Medieval literature, esp. Arthurian tales in Germany and Scandinavia
  • Use of the Internet in language teaching
  • Development of the Bundeswehr 
  • German Resistance within the "Third Reich", particularly the Kreisau Circle

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