Daniel Reynolds joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 1998, and he is currently an Associate Professor in the German Department. He is the current director of the Center for the Humanities, a position he has held since 2007. He has served two terms as Humanities Division representative to the Curriculum Committee. His committee service at the College includes two years as chair of the Gender and Women's Studies Concentration Committee and chair of the German Department from 2007-2009. He serves on a working group to revitalize the Humanities HUM core curriculum. At this year's meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) he presented a talk on his experience with collaborative teaching in a panel entitled "How Do You Get There From Here? Models for Implementing Integrative Learning and Collaborative Teaching."
His teaching includes courses on German-language literature and culture since 1900, with emphasis on German literary modernism and postmodernism, East German literature, German cinema, and German culture since reunification. He co-teaches an interdisciplinary course on Berlin with his colleague in Art History, Jenny Anger. Anger and he received a faculty development grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop this course.
Reynolds earned his B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University in 1986, prior to which he also spent three semesters of study at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 1996, where his research concentrated on the literary and cultural representations of German and Austrian history during the 20th century. He has published articles in the fields of post-colonial studies, Holocaust studies, and contemporary literature. He is currently writing a manuscript on the relationship between German fiction and German historiography since the 19th century. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, the German Studies Association, and the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.