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Vazsonyi, Nicholas, Ph.D.

Vazsonyi, Nicholas, Ph.D.

Professor of German; Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Office: 108 Strode Tower
Phone: 864-656-3084

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (1993)

Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Vazsonyi began his tenure as a dean at Clemson University on July 1, 2020. He served as chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina, Columbia from 2013 until 2020. Vazsonyi first joined the faculty as an assistant professor of German and Comparative Literature in 1997 and was later named the Jesse Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of Foreign Languages (2011-20). Before coming to South Carolina, he was a visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (1994-97).
Vazsonyi earned a master’s degree in German in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages in 1993 at the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University Bloomington in 1982 with a B.A. in German.
Vazsonyi was born in the United States to a family of musicians and received his early education at the Westminster School in London. While at Indiana University, he worked behind the scenes at its internationally known opera theater. He later completed apprenticeships at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
As a scholar, Vazsonyi’s research interests include composer Richard Wagner; literary figure Goethe; German national identity; Enlightenment and Romanticism; and cultural intersections in music, literature and film. He is the author of two books, more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, and conceived and edited several volumes, including “The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia” and the “Cambridge Companion to Wagner’s ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen.’”