Hiram Maxim

photo of Professor Hiram Maxim

Professor of German Studies and Linguistics

Ph. D. in Germanic Studies
University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Office: Modern Languages Building, Rm 214
Phone: 404-727-9234
Email: hmaxim@emory.edu

Hiram Maxim received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, his M.A. from Middlebury College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His first post-doctoral position was as Assistant Professor and Supervisor of Graduate Teaching Assistants in the German Section of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. From there he spent six years in the German Department of Georgetown University as Assistant and then Associate Professor before joining before joining the Department of German Studies and the Program in Linguistics at Emory University in August 2007 as Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 2013.

His research focuses on instructed adult second language development with specific interest in pedagogical approaches and curricular models that facilitate students’ longitudinal sociolinguistic development. His early work focused on research into curricular models for overcoming the well-documented bifurcation in collegiate foreign language education between so-called language courses at the lower levels and so-called content courses at the upper levels. His jointly written monograph, Realizing Advanced L2 Writing Development in Collegiate Education: Curricular Design, Pedagogy, Assessment (2010), documents the potential for the longitudinal development of foreign language learners' writing abilities when a coherent curricular framework is in place. The research conducted for that project served as the basis for the full-scale curricular reform that he and his departmental colleagues at Emory have implemented at the undergraduate level. More recently, his research has focused on opportunities for sociolinguistic development in the linguistic landscape with a specific focus on the landscapes of Atlanta, Georgia and Vienna, Austria. His linguistic landscape research in Vienna has been conducted largely with Emory students as part of the German department’s summer study abroad program, and his work in Atlanta with students has examined the manifestation (and lack thereof) of Atlanta’s burgeoning multilingual population in public language use. He has co-edited two volumes focused on language learning in the linguistic landscape (one in 2020 and one forthcoming).

His research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and twice his scholarship has been recognized for distinction by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In 2018-2019 he was the Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies at the University of Vienna, supported by a fellowship from the Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Maxim teaches happily all levels of German as well as courses in applied linguistics. In recent years, he has been particularly interested in instructional opportunities for German and Linguistics students beyond the classroom whether it has involved, for example, exploring the presence of German in the state of Georgia or the languages across metro Atlanta. The teaching page of his website outlines in greater detail recent pedagogical projects. For his teaching he has received the Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Emory College Language Center’s Excellence in Language Teaching Award, and he just finished a three-year term as the Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in Emory College.


Prof. Maxim's German Studies webpage

Courses taught in Linguistics

LING 190 Reading Multilingual Atlanta
LING 201 Foundations of Linguistics
LING 318 Second Language Acquisition
LING 385 Literacy, Language, and Education
LING 385 Multilingual Atlanta
LING 385 Languages Across Metro Atlanta