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Tenured and tenure-track faculty

Wescoe Hall, Room 2082
Office Hours:

M, W, 11:30-1:00

Research and teaching interests: German dialectology, Germanic philology, the structure of Modern German, Dutch language, and German-American studies

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2076
Office Hours:

M,W 2:00-3:00pm and by appt.

Teaching interests: Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German language; German-Jewish culture; theories of comedy and comic literature

Research interests: Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German-Jewish modernity; theories of satire, comedy, tragedy and irony; the Frankfurt School/critical theory; Hegel and German Idealism

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2088
Office Hours:

M, W, 3:00-4:00 and by appointment

Research and teaching interests: German and European visual culture and literature since 1700, intermedial encounters of literature and art, representation and narrative in museums, monuments, and tourist spaces, discourses of pathology, gender, and the body from Romanticism to the Weimar Republic

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2078
Office Hours:

T, R, 1:00-2:00 and by appointment

Teaching interests: nineteenth-century German, German-American literature and culture

Research interests: reception and transformation in nineteenth-century America of German cultural materials, immigrant identity formation, German nationalism and national identity, and nineteenth-century political drama and poetry

 Nina Vyatkina
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Wescoe Hall, Room 2079
Office Hours:

M, W, 2:00-3:00 pm

Research and Teaching interests: German language, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition, corpus-based language teaching, learner corpus analysis.

Visiting faculty

Adjunct Professor, Emeritus Professor, UC Davis

Teaching interests: Medieval German literature, film studies


Lecturer, German, MA, University of Arkansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 2123
Office Hours:

T, 12:00-12:30

Research and Teaching Interests: German Language & Culture and Comics/Graphic Novels.

Lecturer, German, MA, University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 2087
Office Hours:

T, R, 1:00-2:00

Research interests: Teaching German Language and Culture, Teaching German Language in all Levels, Second Language Acquisition, German & Iranian Exile Literature, Exile writers, Linguistic research in the languages German, Farsi and Azeri.​

image of Lena Roesner
GTA, German, BA, University of Trier
Wescoe Hall, Room 2123
Office Hours:

M, 1:00-2:00, W, 10:00-11:00

Lena received her B.A. in Media Studies and English Language and Linguistics from the University of Trier, Germany. She is a graduate student in the Linguistics Department at KU. She is interested in second language acquisition, neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Lecturer, German, MA, University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 2091
Office Hours:

M, T, 1:00-3:00

Research and Teaching Interests: German Language and Culture, German Film and Television, Folk and Fairy Tale Adaptations in Film, Television, and Comics/Graphic Novels.


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