Professor, Ph.D., Indiana University, Director of Graduate Studies, Editor, Yearbook of German-American Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2082
Office Hours:

M, W, 11:30-1:00

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

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University
Wescoe Hall, Room 2076
Office Hours:

On research leave

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

Andrea Meyertholen
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, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Chair, Academic Director of European Studies, Center for Global & International Studies
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 

Teaching interests: Applied linguistics, usage-based grammar, German 

Research interests: Second language acquisition, longitudinal learner language development, learner corpus analysis, data-driven learning

Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates

Lecturer, Academic Program Associate, German Language Proficiency Sequence Coordiantor, Ph.D. - Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Editorial Assistant, Slavia Centralis (AY 2013-14)

Research interests: My primary research interests are German Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. In my dissertation research, I am investigating the effects of an intervention on the use of tense and aspect in L2 narration by English speaking learners of German.
Lecturer/ Academic Program Associate, B.A. and M.A., German, University of Kansas, Director, Center for German for the Professions, Managing Director, Max Kade Center
Wescoe Hall, Room 2089
Office Hours:

M, W, F, 11:00-12:00

Teaching interests: German for business and professional use

Retired Faculty

Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Professor Emerita, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching interests: modern German literature, especially of the twentieth century; prose fiction, women authors, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature

Research interests: German and Danish literature, German-Scandinavian literary relations, and exile studies

Lecturers & GTAs

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.​

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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.

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Bailey Hall, Room 205B

Professor Janzen is trained in comparative literature and focuses on German and Latin American literature. 

St. Andrews Office Facility, Room 135

Chris Johnson has been actively involved in the research program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at KU. His primary focus has been the management of the Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects in conjunction with the digital humanities initiative at KU. 

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

Professor Perelmutter teaches Yiddish language and is a specialist in Yiddish and Slavic linguistics and folklore.

Distinguished Professor in Public Opinion and Survey Research, Ph.D. (Political Science), Florida State University
Blake Hall, Room 525

Professor Rohrschneider specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on German politics.

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University
Murphy Hall, Room 317

Professor Rovit is a specialist in German theater with particular attention to the post-War legacy and the Holocaust.

Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Straughn is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago examined Jewish art and expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.


Graduate Academic Advisor, CLAS
Wescoe Hall, Room 3107
Coordinator, Media, Outreach, Recruitment, Development, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Wescoe Hall, Room 2084
Student Librarian, Engel German Library
Wescoe Hall, Room 2094

Savannah is the acting "Chief Librarian" of the Engel German Library in Wescoe Hall. Savannah is a native of Würzburg, Germany, and speaks German fluently. She is currently a Freshman at the University of Kansas, studying Human Biology on a Pre-Med track. She's excited to be a part of the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and we are thrilled to have her on our team.

Office Manager, KU SLLC
Wescoe Hall, Room 2083
Senior Graphic Designer, Student Assistant
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Social Media Strategist, Student Assistant
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Office Assistant, KU SLLC
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080


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