Thomas Ahrens
Dr. Thomas Ahrens
Director of Convocations
Thomas Ahrens
Office Location
304 A Draper Hall
Office Hours
  • By appointment. Walk-ins welcome.

Born and raised in Germany, Thomas B. Ahrens has lived in the U.S. for more than three decades. After studying English and French in Berlin, Germany, he received his PhD in Germanic Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. A college educator and literary translator, Thomas has collaborated extensively with Edward T. Larkin on translating German language texts into English. Currently, Thomas directs the Convocations Program at Berea College, Ky. where he is responsible for the weekly performance and distinguished speaker series.

  • Ph.D., Germanic Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, 1998
  • M.A., Germanic Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, 1991
  • Staatsexamen, English and French, Free University of Berlin, 1986
Publications & Works
  • Select publications

    • Michael Amon, Panic: A Novel (Kindle Direct Publishing, February 2023)
    • Gertrud Leutenegger, Panicked Spring, excerpt from Panischer Frühling (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2014). Asymptote, July 2022
    • Translation (with Edward Larkin): Petra Schönemann-Behrens, Alfred H. Fried: Peace Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Leiden, NL: Brill, 2021).
    • Gertrud Leutenegger, Death Enters the World, excerpt from Das verlorene Monument (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1985) Metamorphoses, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 2021
    • Alfred Goubran, Across Time in my Room, excerpt from Durch die Zeit in meinem Zimmer (Vienna: Braumüller, 2014) No Man’s Land, Winter 2020, Issue 15
    • Michael Amon, Fabulous, excerpt from Panikroman (Vienna: Klever, 2014) No Man’s Land, Winter 2019, Issue 14
    • Translation (with Edward T. Larkin): Erich Hackl Argentina’s Angel (Piscataqua Press, 2014)
    • Translation (with Edward T. Larkin): Leo Perutz Between Nine and Nine (Ariadne Press, 2010)