Professor Emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature


William Crossgrove began teaching at Brown in 1962 and retired in 2003, after having served from 1999 to 2003 as Associate Dean of the Faculty. At Brown he taught courses in Medieval Studies, Comparative Literature, and a variety of other interdisciplinary topics, in addition to his regular language and literature courses in German Studies. His publications dealt chiefly with vernacular "knowledge" texts, especially medieval herbals and agricultural handbooks in German. He is the author of Die deutsche Sachliteratur des Mittelalters (1994) and co-editor of Der deutsche Macer: Vulgatfassung (2003). Fronm 2006 through 2016 he was Administrative Director of the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation (

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