Ted Dawson received his BA from Davidson College in 2006 and his MA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, both in German. After completing his undergraduate studies, including a year spent at the University of Würzburg, Germany, he spent two years as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Austria. He has taught German at Davidson College, UC Berkeley, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt. He spent the 2015-16 year as an Ernst Mach Fellow at the University of Vienna doing research for his dissertation on the poetics of Austrian rap music. In the 2016-17 academic year, he was a Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow at Vanderbilt, and he is currently a Graduate Affiliate at the Center for Second Language Studies, where he leads a working group on immersion and virtual reality in language classes.