Visiting Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, room 2071
Office Hours:


Research and teaching interests: Dr. Bilkić’s research focuses on how the moving image, specifically film essays and digital-based installations, engage with constructed notions of migration.  She is currently working on a manuscript that explores hyper-visuality, refugee camps, and networks of migrant communities as the new logic in contemporary globalization. Dr. Bilkić also loves being in the classroom, not only to teach the intricacies of German language, literature, and film, but especially to engage interdisciplinary as well as interchronological connections which allow students to view their current times in the context of a larger global narrative. She particularly enjoys teaching literary analysis, German cinema, and German for the professions.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2076
Spring Office Hours:

M, W: 2:00 – 3:00 pm and by appointment


 Research and Teaching interests: Dr. Linden's research focuses on modern German-Jewish literature and thought, Austrian and German modernism, and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. His first book, Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity (NUP 2020), assesses the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus's literary production as well as Kraus's relationship to other important theorists of European modernity (Kierkegaard, Benjamin, Adorno). Dr. Linden has taught all levels of German language and culture, including courses on German film and on the German-language literature of 20th-century exiles and contemporary refugees.

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2088
Spring Office Hours:

M, W: 3:00 – 4:00 

Research and teaching interests: Dr. Meyertholen received her Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture from Indiana University in 2014. Her interests connect post-1750 German literature and culture with art history and museum studies, and focus on painting in German-speaking Europe as represented through and in relation to different media. Bringing this fascination with modes of representation into the classroom, she engages art, film, and other visual media as a means to energize and enhance language learning.

Dr. Meyertholen has taught language and literature courses at all undergraduate levels, including for overseas study programs in both Germany and Austria. She has also studied at universities in Berlin and Würzburg, and worked in Munich. Her publications have explored interrelationships between Heinrich von Kleist and Caspar David Friedrich, Goethe's morphological thought and Wassily Kandinsky, and fairy tales in the foreign-language classroom. Past presentation topics have included Goethe’s poetry, the depiction of animals and zoos in art, Socialist aesthetics and political resistance, and fairy tales in literature, film, and pedagogy. 


Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2078
Spring Office Hours:

W: 9:00 – 11:00 am and by appointment at the Max Kade Center  

Teaching interests: the German transatlantic experience, German literature of the modern era, introduction to contemporary German-speaking Europe

Research interests: World War I Immigrant poetry published in the United States, immigrant identity formation, cultural transfer

 Nina Vyatkina
Professor, Chair, Department of German Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2082
Spring Office Hours:

M, W: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Research and teaching interests: Dr. Vyatkina’s research and teaching interests include German language, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition, and corpus-based language teaching. Her articles on these topics have appeared in leading Applied Linguistics journals. Her current project that intertwines community-engaged research and teaching is Incorporating Corpora. She serves as an Associate Editor of Language Learning & Technology, Executive Board member of CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium), and Editorial Board member of International Journal of Learner Corpus Research.  

Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates

Lecturer/ Academic Program Associate, B.A. and M.A. University of Kansas, Program Coordinator, Testing Center for the Goethe Institut
Wescoe Hall, Room 2089
Spring Office Hours:

By appointment

Teaching interests: Jim Morrison is interested in the teaching of German language, history and culture as well as evaluation of German language proficiency levels.  More specifically, he is interested in German for the professions, the German business culture and the Social Market Economy.

Lecturer, Academic Program Associate, German Language Proficiency Sequence Coordinator, Study Abroad Program Director (Eutin, Germany), Ph.D. - Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Spring Office Hours:

W, R: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Research and teaching Interests: German language and culture, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition.



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