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Prof. Dr. Bruce A. Murray

Vienna Director, Austria-Illinois Exchange Program
Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Director, Professor of LAS Global Studies
Center for Global Studies
European Union Center

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    Study Abroad Office
    910 S. Fifth St., 115 ISB
    910 S Fifth
    M/C 480
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Office Hours:
    • In Vienna
  • Telephone: (217)333-7741
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Ph.D. University of Minnesota


Professor Bruce Murray, Resident Director of the Illinois Program in Vienna, is a native of Minnesota, where German Protestantism, Irish working-class values, and the student movement of the 1960s influenced his early development. He earned two B.A.s (summa cum laude in German and English) from Luther College and an M.A. in German Studies from Middlebury College. He received his Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota were he completed a dissertation on German film and politics in the Weimar Republic. While a student, Prof. Murray completed course work and research in Freiburg, Mainz, and in Berlin (East and West).

For the past fifteen years Prof. Murray has directed the Illinois Program in Vienna. There he teaches two courses each semester on German literature and culture, as well as on European integration. He advises AIEP participants in the German Language, College of Business, and Vienna Diplomatic components academically and personally. He also is the liaison between UIUC and its academic partners in Vienna. In addition, Prof. Murray serves as EU coordinator of the Good Governance Consortium (GGC), a partnership of eight EU and U.S. universities, including UIUC. The GGC offers an innovative curriculum for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in transatlantic collaboration in various aspects of political and economic governance. Most recently he initiated the Environmental Entrepreneurs program to encourage study abroad participants to minimize their carbon footprints.



  • Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990.
  • Plummer, Thomas, and Bruce A. Murray, et al.. Film and Politics in the Weimar Republic. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1982.

Edited Books

  • Murray, Bruce A., and Christopher J. Wickham. Framing the Past: The Historiography of German Cinema and Television. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.


  • Introduction to Modern German Literature, Introduction to 20th-Century German Literature, History of Austrian Culture, Politics and Culture of the European Union, Global Studies: Diversity and Integration in Cosmopolitan Vienna, Good Governance Consortium: Introductory Seminar