College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


East Asian Languages and Cultures Faculty

Chair, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2105
Pre-modern Japanese literature, Japanese language teaching
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2101

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

Associate Professor, Chinese Language Coordinator
Wescoe Hall, Room 2111

Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, Chinese language teaching

Keith McMahon
Professor, Chinese Languages and Literatures
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.

Please see Professor McMahon's personal website », for additional information.

Assistant Professor, Japanese Language Coordinator
Wescoe Hall, Room 2108

Psycholinguistics, L2 sentence processing, second language acquisition

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2110

Early Chinese paleography, language and culture; Chinese language teaching

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2109

Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2100

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

French and Italian Faculty

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2075

French novel of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; evolution of narrative forms, including the current renewal of interest in more traditional and popular forms of storytelling.

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, 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

Italian Language Program Director
Wescoe Hall, Room 2063

Second language acquisition, application of technology to foreign language pedagogy, Italian culture and film, medieval and contemporary Italian literature, narratology.

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for European Studies
Bailey Hall, Room 303L

French Enlightenment (18th-century novel, J.-J. Rousseau, Diderot), autobiography, and European studies.

Chair, Department of French & Italian, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2104

Late medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, with a particular focus in popular culture and humor.

Associate Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Associate Professor, French & Italian
Wescoe Hall, Room 2068

Comparative medieval literature, especially Old French and Occitan romance and lyric poetry, with interests in the Renaissance, theory, medievalism, and film

Associate Professor
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.


Hall Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2053

French culture of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, literature and critical theory

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2054

Early modern French literature and theater, particularly subversion during the Ancien Régime

Associate Professor, Director of French Language Program
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.

Antje Ziethen, Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies
Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies
(785) 864 - 9065
Wescoe Hall, Room 2064

Francophone literatures and cultures, African literature, migration, urban space, diaspora and transnationalism, gender, music and literature

Germanic Languages and Literatures Faculty

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies Program
Bailey Hall, Room 205B

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

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2082

German dialectology, Germanic philology, the structure of Modern German, Dutch language, and German-American studies

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German language; German-Jewish culture; theories of comedy and comic literature.

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Chair, Academic Director of European Studies in the Center for Global & International Studies
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

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Wescoe Hall, Room 2079

German language, applied linguistics, usage-based grammar

Slavic Languages and Literatures Faculty

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2140

20th and 21st century Russian literature; Soviet and Post-Soviet film; Slavic Science Fiction

Chair, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2128

Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar; South Slavic Languages, Cultures and Literatures, Ottoman Bosnia; cognitive linguistics; Slavic semantics and syntax.

Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Wescoe Hall, Room 2118

Reconstruction of Common Slavic, Indo-European; dialectology; sociolinguistics; phonetics, esp. pitch-accent systems; language and identity/nationalism; Western South Slavic languages (Slovene, BCS).

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2138

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.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

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

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2141

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

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2139

Spanish and Portuguese Faculty

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2620

Comparative Literature that uses Mexico and the United States (instead of the France-England-Germany axis) as the nexus of meaning. Narrative in literary, cinematic and musical form

Professor, Department Chair
Wescoe Hall, Room 2618

Comparative approach to colonial Latin American texts and visual representations; space and place in the construction of identities, and studies of religion, colonialism, and representations of cultural difference.

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Studies Chair
Wescoe Hall, Room 2626

Spanish Golden Age theater and the ways in which the "classics" of Spain's Golden Age are adapted, appropriated and consumed in contemporary Spain

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2622

Contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance in Mexico

Associate Professor, Graduate Admissions Chair
Wescoe Hall, Room 2614

The links among culture (literature and film), history and politics in 19th to 21st-century Latin America, especially in the Southern Cone

Associate Professor
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.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2636

Medieval narrative; history of the book; visual culture of medieval Iberia; Hispano-Arabic-Jewish-Christian interactions in medieval Iberia; Literacy and Reading Practices in the Middle Ages

Associate Professor, Director of Spanish Language Instruction
Wescoe Hall, Room 2644

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

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2638

Phonetics and phonology of Spanish and Portugues; speech prosody of Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2630

Brazilian and Brazilian-American literature, film, and music

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2616

Contemporary peninsular cultural studies; translation studies; theater of Emilia Pardo Bazán

Critical Languages Consortium

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.

Critical Languages Consortium Coordinator, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures , Lecturer, Turkish, Lecturer, German
Wescoe Hall, Room 2123
Lecturer, Hindi Language
Wescoe Hall, Room 2097

Patrica Sabarwal has been a lecturer for Hindi Language at the CGIS since 2012.

International Visiting Scholar
Wescoe Hall, Room 2097
Coordinator for South Asian Studies, CGIS, Coordinator for Hindi Language Program, Coordinator for India Study Abroad Programs (Environmental Studies and Hindi Immersion)
Bailey Hall, Room 211

Geetanjali Tiwari, PhD, is Coordinator of the South Asian Studies Program, CGIS. Tiwari developed the KU Hindi foreign language program in 2009. She has been teaching Culture Courses at KU with a South Asia focus since 2011.

African and African-American Studies Faculty

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole, Director of the Haitian Studies Institute
Bailey Hall, Room 11A
Associate Professor of Arabic Studies
Bailey Hall, Room 9
Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies, Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies
Bailey Hall, Room 109A
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Language Coordinator, African Languages
Bailey Hall, Room 12F



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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