William H Carter

William H Carter

  • Associate Professor, Iowa State University
William H. Carter is Associate Professor of German Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests begin in the Goethezeit and include: the Faust tradition; intersections of literature, philosophy, and economic thought from the eighteenth century to the present; Austrian studies; film; and, most recently, finance and society. He has published articles in the Goethe Yearbook, Herder Jahrbuch/Yearbook, Colloquia Germanica, Monatshefte, and German Studies Review. He has co-edited special issues for Finance and Society and the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, both on the topic “Ethics of Debt,” and founded the research exchange portal “Critical Engagements with Economic Thought” (economicthought.ceah.iastate.edu). He is the president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, and his teaching experience ranges from core German classes to an online Holocaust course.


Contact Info

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505 Morrill Rd.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Publications

Money, Violence, and the Financialized Self in Michael Haneke's Glaciation Trilogy,” The German Quarterly 94.1 (Winter 2021): 116-30.

Intersections of Money, Debt, and Uncertainty in Rabinovici’s Suche nach M.,” German Studies Review 41.2 (May 2018): 297-314.

“Ethics of Debt” (Special Issue), ed. William Carter, Jonathan Fox, Kate Padgett Walsh, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning 27.2 (2017): 167.

Ethics of Debt” (Special Issue), ed. William Carter and Kate Padgett Walsh, Finance and Society 2.1 (2016).  

Spielerische Gedanken: Economic Crisis and Speculation in Hugo Bettauer’s Die Stadt ohne Juden and its Adaptation by Hans Karl Breslauer,” Journal of Austrian Studies 49.3-4 (2016): 1-16.

“Die Ketten [. . .] mit der Zeit lieben lernen”: Herder’s Reflections on Individual Freedom and the Political Liberty in the Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit.” In Herder Jahrbuch/Yearbook 13 (2016): 63-83.

Administration and its Vicissitudes: Contingency, Crisis, and Failure in Justus Möser’s “Kurze Geschichte der Bauerhöfe” and Goethe’s Faust II.” In Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 106.4 (2014): 563-82.

Faust’s Begehren: Revisiting the History of Political Economy in Faust II.” In Goethe Yearbook 21 (2014): 103-28.

Kant Crisis.” In Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies/Revue d’Études Interculturelles de l’Image 2.1(2011).  

‘Souverän meiner Zeit’: Opportunity Cost in Leo Perutz’s Zwischen neun und neun.” In Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik 39.2 (2008): 97-116.

“‘Uralte und nie gehobne Beschweerde’: Goethe, Faust, and Taxes.” In Money and Culture. Ed. Fiona Cox and Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa. Munich: Peter Lang, 2007. 77-86.