College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


East Asian Languages & Cultures Faculty

Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1983
Wescoe Hall, Room 2109
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures
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
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.

Associate Professor, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe Hall, Room 2110

Early Chinese paleography, language and culture; Chinese language teaching

Chair, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2105

Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2100

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

French, Francophone & 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 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

Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator, Italian Language Program
Wescoe Hall, Room 2063
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, Francophone & Italian Studies, 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, Acting Director, Fall 2018, SLLC, Associate Professor, Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies
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

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.


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

German Studies Faculty

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.

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Indiana University
Wescoe Hall, 2088

Ph.D., Indiana University 

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, 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

Professor, Chair, Department of German Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2082

German language, applied linguistics, usage-based grammar

Slavic Languages & Literatures Faculty

Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Director of Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES)
Wescoe Hall, Room 2140

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

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.

Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Corresponding Member, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana
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, BCMS).

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 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.

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

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 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 of Spanish & Portuguese, Latin American Studies
Wescoe Hall, room 2618
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

Wescoe Hall, Room 2622

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

Interim Chair, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration, Associate Professor, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2650A
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, 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.

Associate Professor, Spanish, Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish & Portuguese
Wescoe Hall, Room 2632
Wescoe Hall, 2624
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

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

Wescoe Hall, Room 2616

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

Assistant Specialist
Wescoe Hall, Room 2640
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2628

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.

GTA, Uyghur
Wescoe Hall, Room 2115
Coordinator of Critical Languages Consortium, Lecturer, Turkish, Lecturer, German
Wescoe Hall, Room 2090


Lecturer, Hindi Language
Wescoe Hall, Room 2097



Critical Languages Consortium, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

African & African-American Studies Faculty

Chair, Department of African & African-American Studies, Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole, Director of the Haitian Studies Institute
Bailey Hall, Room 11A
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Language Coordinator, African Languages
Bailey Hall, Room 12F

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