Marcel P. Rotter, Associate Professor of German, earned a Ph.D. (2004) in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. (1985) in German and Russian from Paedagogische Hochschule Erfurt. Dr. Rotter is a native of communist East Germany (German Democratic Republic) who has traveled throughout Germany and eastern Europe.
Dr. Rotter studied German poster propaganda as part of his thesis research. His current research interests and publications focus on visual propaganda strategies during World Wars I and II as well as on the relationship of advertising and urban space. He recently presented his paper “Are you 100 percent American? German-Americans as target of U.S. propaganda in World War I” at the annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies. He is a board member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German and president of the Schwetzingen-Fredierkcksbuyrg Alliance, the German partner city organization in Fredericksburg.