Personnel

Faculty

Professor
785-864-4657
Wescoe Hall, Room 2082
Office Hours:

T, W, 12:30-2:00 and by appointment 

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,1:00-2:00 and by appointment 

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
785-864-9181
Wescoe Hall, Room 2088
Office Hours:

M, W, 11:00-12:00 andy 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
785-864-9174
Wescoe Hall, Room 2078
Office Hours:

313 Bailey Hall, 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
Professor, Department Chair
785-864-4813
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.

Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates

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
785-864-9173
Wescoe Hall, Room 2089
Office Hours:

T, R, 11:00-12:00

Teaching interests: German for business and professional use

Lecturer, Academic Program Associate, German Language Proficiency Sequence Coordinator, Ph.D. - Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Office Hours:

M,W, 12:00-1:00 and by appointment 

Research and teaching Interests: German language and culture, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition.

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

Schirin
Multi-Term Lecturer, German, MA, University of Kansas
785-864-9179
Wescoe Hall, Room 2087
Office Hours:

T, R, 10:00-11:00

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.​

Lecturer, German, MA, University of Munich
785-864-2358
Wescoe Hall, Room 2123

Office Hours:

M, 4:00-5:00 and by appointment

Research and teaching interests: German language and culture, language didactics, instructed second language acquisition.

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GTA, German, MA, University of Kansas
785-864-2358
Wescoe Hall, Room 2091
Office Hours:

T, W, 12:00-1:00 and by appointment 

Research and teaching interests: German language and culture, linguistics, second language acquisition.

Lecturer, German, MA, University of Kansas
785-864-9175
Wescoe Hall, Room 2091
Office Hours:

T, R,1:00-2:00 and by appointment 

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, History, Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis
785-864-9448
Wescoe Hall, Room 2610

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​.

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
785-864-1378
Bailey Hall, Room 205B

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

785-864-1930
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
785-864-2356
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
785-864-8263
Blake Hall, Room 525

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

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University
785-864-6295
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
785-864-0136

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.

Staff

Office Staff: School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Office Manager
785-864-6839
Wescoe Hall, Room 2083


Student Librarian, Engel German Library
785-864-9250
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 studying Human Biology on a Pre-Med track and plans to graduate in May 2019.

Administrative Assistant
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2133
Reception Hours:

M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Office Assistant, KU SLLC
785-864-4803
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Reception Hours:

M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm



Outreach Team

Coordinator, Media, Outreach, Recruitment, Development, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2084
Graphic Designer, Student Assistant
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Reception Hours:

M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Digital Strategist, Student Assistant
(785) 864 - 9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Reception Hours:

M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Content Manager, Student Assistant
785-854-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2080
Reception Hours:

M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm


Advising

Graduate Academic Advisor, CLAS
785-864-3665
Wescoe Hall, Room 3107
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
785-864-3500
Strong Hall, Room 109
Office Hours:

By appointment

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Senior, French, Francophone & Italian Studies, German Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-3500
Wescoe Hall, Room 2069
Office Hours:

By appointment


Shared Services (HR & Financial)

Financial Analyst, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
785-864-9624
Strong Hall, Room 50
Office Hours:

By appointment

Financial Analyst, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
785-864-5242
Strong Hall, Room 50
Office Hours:

By appointment

Accounting Specialist
785-864-7330
Strong Hall, Room 50
Office Hours:

By appointment

HR Coordinator, KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
785-864-9201
Strong Hall, Room 50
Office Hours:

By appointment

HR Specialist, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
785-864-2505
Strong Hall, Room 50
Office Hours:

By appointment


IT Support Staff

Technology Coordinator, KU IT
785-864-8282
Office Hours:

By appointment

IT Support Technician
785-864-8282
Office Hours:

By appointment


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