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
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
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
Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates
M, W, F, 11:00-12:00
Teaching interests: German for business and professional use
Research and teaching Interests: German language and culture, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition.
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
T, R, 1:00-2:00
Research and teaching 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.
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.
Professor Denning's teaching and research focus on twentieth-century Europe, particularly Germany and France; Mobility; Environmental History; History of Technology; Leisure and Consumption; Transnationalism; and Empire and Global History.
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.
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.
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.