College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Faculty Bio

Schmidt, Johannes, Ph. D.

Schmidt, Johannes, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of German; German Section Head

Office: 706 Strode
Phone: 656-4299
Web Site:

Ph.D. in German Literature, University of Hamburg (1999); M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1995); B.A. in Germanistics, Linguistics, and Economics, University of Konstanz (1992)

Native of Hamburg, Germany; B.A. in Germanistics, Linguistics, and Economics (Universität Konstanz); M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Massachusetts/Amherst); Ph.D. in German Literature (Universität Hamburg).

Dr. Schmidt's research interests range from 18th and 19th century German literature to German drama and music. He has presented papers at a number of regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently working on Schelling's "Use" of Herder.

"Herr" Schmidt has taught a variety of different courses including German drama, 18th and 19th century German literature, the culture and literature of exile, a WWII and Shoah humanities seminar, as well as German language and culture courses at all levels.

In the classroom, Herr Schmidt uses art, music and technology supporting content-focused instruction. Recent course offerings include "European Enlightenment: Art, Music, Literature and Philosophy," "Forbidden Knowledge–Remnants of Auschwitz," "200 Years of German Drama," and "Secret Societies".

Together with Karl Menges and Rainer Godel, Johannes Schmidt works as co-editor of the Herder Yearbook, a bi-annual peer-reviewed processional journal of the International Herder Society.

In September 2006, Johannes Schmidt was elected treasurer-secretary (North America) of the International Herder Society. He served as the president of the South Carolina Chapter of the AATG from 2003 to 2005, and again in 2006. During this time, he helped to organize four Upstate meetings and two state-wide immersion weekends for German K-12 and college teachers.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt (annotated translation): F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006)

Johannes Schmidt: "Die klare, helle Wahrheit." Johann Gottfried Herders Christliche Schriften als Auseinandersetzung mit Gotthold Ephraim Lessings religionsphilosophischen Spätschriften (Hamburg 2000).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Johannes Schmidt: “So wäre alle Religion ihrem Wesen nach poetisch.“ – Herders Wirkung auf Hölderlin (accepted for the Herder Konferenzband 2008); currently in print.

Johannes Schmidt: “Naturphilosophie: Herder and Schelling?” Sabine Gross (ed.), Herder as Challenge (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2010, 83-94).