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, Departments of Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, History, Humanities, REES, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Wescoe Hall, Room 3650C
Office Hours:

M – F, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm by appointment 

Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Departments of African & African-American Studies; American Studies; French, Francophone & Italian Studies; German Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2650D
Office Hours:

M – F, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walk-ins on Wednesdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

or by appointment 

Graduate Academic Advisor, African & African-American Studies, J.D. || she/her/hers
Lippincott Hall, Room 6
Office Hours:

By appointment

Graduate Academic Advisor, Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, French, Francophone & Italian Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese
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
Bailey Hall, Room 12G

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures
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
Wescoe Hall, 2059
Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian
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
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
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
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
Bailey Hall, Room 9

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Keith McMahon
On Sabbatical Spring 2020, 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.

French, Francophone & Italian Studies

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, French, Francophone & Italian Studies
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.


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
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

Spanish & Portuguese

Associate Professor, Spanish, Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish & Portuguese
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
Bailey Hall, Room 12A

Bosnian/ Croatian/ Montenegrin/ Serbian

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

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


Associate Professor, Chinese Language Coordinator
Wescoe Hall, Room 2111

Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, Chinese language teaching


Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures
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)

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.


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.


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


Lecturer, Hindi Language
Wescoe Hall, Room 2097



Critical Languages Consortium, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures


Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator, Italian Language Program
Wescoe Hall, Room 2063


Ph.D., Lecturer, Japanese, Japanese Language Coordinator
Wescoe Hall, Room 2113


Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2100

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


Lecturer, Academic Associate Assistant
Wescoe Hall, Room 2611


Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Jewish Studies, Director of Jewish Studies
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
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.


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


Wescoe Hall, 2150

Master of Sutra and Tantra 1986


Tibetan language


GTA, Uyghur
Wescoe Hall, Room 2115

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