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About Mark W. Rectanus

Mark W. Rectanus is University Professor of German Studies (Emeritus) in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his dissertation on paperback series in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich. Professor Rectanus has been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Munich. His publications include research on the German publishing industry, the book and electronic media, contemporary German literature, corporate sponsorships, cultural politics, museum studies, and contemporary art. Much of his research addresses the globalization of culture, including his book Culture Incorporated: Museums, Artists, and Corporate Sponsorships (University of Minnesota Press), and the impact of globalization on contemporary museums. He has published numerous articles, including essays in: German Studies Review, New German Critique, TELOS, Performance Research, and Finance and Society. His most recent book is Museums Inside Out: Artist Collaborations and New Exhibition Ecologies (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). 


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of World Languages and Cultures

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • State of Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Marvin A. Pomerantz Endowment for Faculty Enrichment, Iowa State University, 2019
  • Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award, Iowa State University, 2019.


Contact Information

3118C Pearson
505 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4324
Fax: 515-294-9914


Museums and Art (9)

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German Literature and Publishing (4)

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