Gerald R. Kleinfeld

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Gerald R. Kleinfeld, Ph.D., Dr. h.c.

Founding Executive Director, German Studies Association

Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University


Dr. h.c. Wartburg College

Ph.D. New York University

Advanced Study, University of Vienna, Austria

M.A. University of Michigan

B.A. New York University



Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Wartburg College

Grand Merit Cross, Federal Republic of Germany

Order of Merit, First Class, Federal Republic of Germany

Austrian Cross for Science and Art, First Class, Republic of Austria


Officially invited Election Observer of all German Federal Elections since 1987.

I have interviewed all German Chancellors since Willy Brandt, all Foreign Ministers, numerous other cabinet members of all political parties, fifteen state governors, as well as numerous party and parliamentary leaders of all political parties.

I have appeared on German television, and have had broad contacts with German journalists and international correspondents.

1976-2005. Founding Executive Director, German Studies Association

1997-2005, Member, Conference of Executive Officers, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

2004-2011 Executive Board, Lutheran Social Services -Southwest

1976-2000. Editor, German Studies Review, scholarly journal

1962-2002, Professor, Arizona State University

Various years: Visiting Professor, University of Heidelberg, University of Hildesheim (Germany), University of Greifswald (Germany) . Lecturer at 20 German universities, and universities in Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, and the United Kingdom.



*German Studies Association, 1976-2005 (Title: Executive Director), chief administrative officer of the Association and academic organizer

*American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins University: Consultant for establishment of the Institute.

*DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service): Consultant on German Studies Programs

*Philip Morris Corporation: Consultant and Lecturer on German-American Relations.

*Phoenix Sister Cities Corporation: Consultant on Relations with German Cities.

*Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Consultant on German Airline Access

*German Federal Ministry for Intra-German Affairs: Consultant on American Research on the German Democratic Republic.

*German Federal Ministry for Defense: Consultant-Contractor on German and American Strategic Policy (ten years consultancy, contractor with Consortium for Atlantic Studies - CAS)

*Marquette University: Consultant on German Studies Programs. (similar consultancy for numerous other universities)

*German Foreign Ministry: Contractor for seminars on German-American relations, European-American relations

* U.S. Department of Defense: Consultant on German politics and the future of German-American relations


Dr. Kleinfeld founded and directed the German Studies Association for 29 years and organized the Annual Conference since the founding of the Association. It is the largest meeting on German and Austrian affairs, politics, and culture anywhere in the world, with an average attendance of 750. Leading figures of all German and Austrian political parties regularly participate. At meetings in Washington, D.C., the Ambassadors of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland also attend. The GSA Conference is the most influential gathering of its kind, and has representation from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, other European countries, as well as Australia (where a similar organization has now recently been founded), New Zealand, and elsewhere in Asia. Dr. Kleinfeld has also recently organized the Association's expanded contacts in Central and Eastern Europe. He has negotiated the affiliation of the Association with the British Association for German Politics, and has lectured frequently in the United Kingdom on German politics. He negotiated the acceptance of the Association into membership in the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS), where GSA is the member association for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

In acknowledgement of his work in German-American relations, a Festschrift was published in his honor, edited by the President of the University of Hildesheim.


  • Numerous publications on international relations, German history and politics, German Studies, religion and society in Germany, association development.
  • A list of publications is available upon request.



Lecturer on German-American Relations, European-American Relations, German Politics, Religion and Society, German Studies, German History. Lectured at numerous universities, for government agencies, for business corporations, professional societies, and for scholarly associations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic.


  • Grants and contracts received from numerous government agencies.
  • Leading originator of grants for German Studies Association and other organizations.