College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College Advisors

College Advisors for the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

For genereal inquiries about foreign language study, the CLAS advisors are the best starting point. They can also connect you with a specific language advisor or faculty member on the departmental level

Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Department of African & African-American Studies; Spanish & Portuguese
785-864-3500
Wescoe Hall, Room 2650D
Graduate Academic Advisor, African & African-American Studies, J.D. || she/her/hers
785-864-0778
Lippincott Hall, Room 6
Office Hours:

By appointment

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

By appointment

Graduate Academic Advisor, Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, French, Francophone & Italian Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese
785-864-1528
Wescoe Hall, Room 3107
Office Hours:

M – F: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and by appointment

Undergraduate Studies Directors

African & African American Studies

Associate Professor, African & Afrinca-American Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, African & Afrinca-American Studies
785-864-3043
Bailey Hall, Room 12G

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures
785-864-9127
Wescoe Hall, Room 2101

Modern Japanese literature, Play in Japan, Translation, Japanese language teaching

French, Francophone & Italian Studies

Assistant Teaching Professor, French, Director of Undergraduate Studies, French
785-864-9074
Wescoe Hall, 2059
Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian
785-864-9063
Wescoe Hall, Room 2062

19th- and 20th-century Italian Literature and Culture; Italian and European Avant-garde of the 20th century; Giacomo Leopardi and Italian Romanticism; theory and practice of translation

German Studies

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, German Studies, Associate Chair
785-864-9174
Wescoe Hall, Room 2078

Reception and transformation in 19th-century America of German cultural materials, immigrant identity formation; German nationalism and national identity; 19th-century political drama and poetry

Slavic Languages & Literatures

Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-2357
Wescoe Hall, Room 2133
 

Teaching interests: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar, South Slavic Culture and Literature, Ottoman Bosnia.

Research interests: Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics.

Spanish & Portuguese

Associate Professor, Director of Undegraduate Studies, Spanish & Portuguese
785-864-0282
Wescoe Hall, Room 2634

Early modern Spanish literature, including sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose and drama; emblems; the Inquisition and the Society of Jesus.

Graduate Studies Directors

African & African American Studies

Associate Professor, African & African-American Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, African & African-American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Room 9

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Keith McMahon
Professor, Chinese Languages and Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures
785-864-9126
Wescoe Hall, Room 2119

Vernacular narrative of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the history of sexuality in China to the verge of modernity, the history of imperial marriage from the legendary past to the end of the last dynasty, mythical and historical narrative from ancient times to the end of the last dynasty, the history of opium smoking and its culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese language teaching.

French, Francophone & Italian Studies

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, French, Francophone & Italian Studies
785-864-9073
Wescoe Hall, Room 2073

Contemporary French and Francophone studies with emphases on modern poetry, the recent novel /« autofiction », ideologies, the interrelationship of the arts, and cinema.

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Slavic Languages & Literatures

Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Coordinator of the KU Intensive Russian Language Program in Ft. Carson, CO, Director of the KU Summer Language Institute in Lviv, Ukraine
785-864-2390
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

Spanish & Portuguese

Associate Professor, Spanish, Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish & Portuguese
785.864.3204
Wescoe Hall, Room 2632

Language Coordinators

Language Coordinators are able to help you with specific questions about the language they advise for. They may also be able to help with placement and/ or proficiency exams. Some Coordinators advise for more than one language.

African Languages (Arabic, Amharic, Arabic, Haitian Creole, KiSwahili, Wolof, Yuruba)

Languages Coordinator, African Languages, Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction, Foreign and Second Language
785-864-3832
Bailey Hall, Room 12A

Bosnian/ Croatian/ Montenegrin/ Serbian

Lecturer, Slovene and Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2123
Office Hours:

M, W, F 9:00-9:50am and by appointment 

Chinese

Associate Professor, Chinese Language Coordinator
785-864-9130
Wescoe Hall, Room 2111

Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, Chinese language teaching

Czech

Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-2351
Wescoe Hall, Room 2141

Polish and Czech literature, culture and film; language teaching methodology; Communism in the 20th and 21st century; memory studies

Persian (Farsi/ Tajik/ Dari)

Lecturer
Wescoe Hall, Room 2096

Dr. Ahmad’s research and teaching focus is on Persian language and literature, Indo-Persian culture, and history and politics of Islam in the Middle East and South Asia.

French

Associate Professor, Director of French Language Program
785-864-9066
Wescoe Hall, Room 2060

Second language acquisition, with special interest in phonology/phonetics, and language pedagogy. the history of the French language and has worked on language changes from Old to Middle French.

German

Lecturer, German, Academic Program Associate, Ph.D. - Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas
785-864-9250
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.

Hindi

Lecturer, Hindi Language
785-864-9180
Wescoe Hall, Room 2097

 

 

Critical Languages Consortium, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Italian

Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator, Italian Language Program
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2063

Japanese

Ph.D., Lecturer, Japanese, Japanese Language Coordinator
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2113

Korean

Associate Professor
785-864-3207
Wescoe Hall, Room 2100

Korean anthropology/folklore/history, ritual/festival, tourism, Heritage Studies, popular culture, regional/national identity issues; Korean language teaching

Portuguese

Lecturer, Academic Associate Assistant
785-642-7882
Wescoe Hall, Room 2611

Russian

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Jewish Studies, Director of Jewish Studies
785-864-2356
Wescoe Hall, Room 2132

Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture.

Slavic languages (Polish, Ukrainian, Slovene)

Chair, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Assistant Professor, Editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal
785-864-2346
Wescoe Hall, Room 2134

Nineteenth-century Russian literature, Balkan modernism. the grotesque, Representations of violence and the body in literature as well as the political significance of aesthetic styles and genres.

Spanish

Associate Professor, Director of Spanish Language Instruction
785-864-0290
Wescoe Hall, Room 2644

Second language acquisition; the intersection of foreign language pedagogy and technology; foreign language teacher development

Tibetan

Lecturer
785-864-9297
Wescoe Hall, 2150

Master of Sutra and Tantra 1986

Specialization:

Tibetan language

Uyghur

GTA, Uyghur
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2115



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