Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2076
Spring Office Hours:

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


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

Research interests: Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German-Jewish modernity; theories of satire, comedy, tragedy and irony; the Frankfurt School/critical theory; Hegel and German Idealism

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2088
Spring Office Hours:

M, W: 3:00 – 4:00 

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
Wescoe Hall, Room 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: German language, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition, corpus-based language teaching, learner corpus analysis.

Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates

Lecturer/ Academic Program Associate, B.A. and M.A., German, University of Kansas, Director, Center for German for the Professions, Assistant to the Director, Max Kade Center
Wescoe Hall, Room 2089
Spring Office Hours:

By appointment

Teaching interests: German for business and professional use

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.

Associated Faculty

Assistant Professor, History, Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis
Wescoe Hall, Room 2610

Professor Denning's teaching and research focus on twentieth-century Europe, particularly Germany and France; Mobility; Environmental History; History of Technology; Leisure and Consumption; Transnationalism; and Empire and Global History​.

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Bailey Hall, Room 205B

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

St. Andrews Office Facility, Room 135

Chris Johnson has been actively involved in the research program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at KU. His primary focus has been the management of the Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects in conjunction with the digital humanities initiative at KU. 

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Wescoe Hall, Room 2132

Professor Perelmutter teaches Yiddish language and is a specialist in Yiddish and Slavic linguistics and folklore.

Distinguished Professor in Public Opinion and Survey Research, Ph.D. (Political Science), Florida State University
Blake Hall, Room 525

Professor Rohrschneider specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on German politics.

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University
Murphy Hall, Room 317

Professor Rovit is a specialist in German theater with particular attention to the post-War legacy and the Holocaust.

Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Straughn is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago examined Jewish art and expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.


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