Faculty


Ljudmila Bilkic
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Coordinator, German Language Proficiency Sequence
  • German New Media and Cinema | Refugees and Migrants | Contemporary Globalization
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Marike Janzen
  • Associate Professor
  • 20th and 21st century German Literature | Literature of Human Rights | Literary Publics | Literature of the International Left
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Ani Kokobobo
  • Associate Professor
  • Chair, Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies
  • 19th c. Russian literature | Balkan modernism | Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin | Violence and the Body in Literature
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Ari Linden
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • German Jewish thought and literature | The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory | 20th c. German and Austrian literary and visual culture | Literatures and philosophies of exile | Theories of comedy and satire
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Andrea Meyertholen
  • Associate Professor
  • 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 body, gender, and fashion from Romanticism
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Renee Perelmutter
  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Jewish Studies
  • Morphosyntax and Pragmatics of Slavic and Jewish Languages | Gendered Practices and Identities in Multiparticipant Discourse | Jewish Culture | General and Jewish Folklore
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Irina Six
  • On Leave for 2022-2023
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Language Coordinator, Russian
  • Russian Language Pedagogy | Business Russian
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Lorie Vanchena
  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Max Kade Center for German American Studies
  • World War I Immigrants Poetry | 19th c. German culture in America | Cultural transfer and identity
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Oleksandra Wallo
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies (on leave Fall 2022)
  • Director of the KU Summer Language Institute in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 20th- and 21st- c. Ukrainian Women’s Writing | Nationalism Studies | Women’s Studies | Post-Colonial Approaches in Post-Soviet Studies | Second Language Studies (Slavic Languages Pedagogy, Acquisition of The Ukrainian Case Systems, Processing Instruction
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Lecturers

Lara Giordano
  • Lecturer
  • Advisor for Peace and Conflict Studies Minor
  • 19th and 20th c. German Philosophy | Marxism and Post-Marxist Thought | Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art & Film | Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Esra Predolac
  • Multi-Term Lecturer
  • Language Coordinator, Turkish
  • Assistant Director CREES
  • Syntax and its interfaces | Clausal complements | Nominalizations | Embedded root phenomena | Extraposition | Second Language Acquisition
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