Henning Schroeder is a professor at the University of Minnesota and teaches in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, & Dutch. He currently also serves as director of the U of M’s DAAD Center for German and European Studies. He grew up in West Germany in the 1960s and 70s and received his doctorate in natural sciences (pharmacology) from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the 1980s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, he returned to Europe and joined the faculty at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in former East Germany. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Schroeder was a visiting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been living in Minneapolis since 2007 and has held various faculty and administrative positions at the University of Minnesota including vice provost and dean of graduate education. His recent writings cover a broad range of topics in politics, culture, and history that are usually linked to current events on both sides of the Atlantic.