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  5. Faculty Affiliates
  6. Emeritus Faculty
  7. Faculty at other Campuses

Department Head

B. Richard Page

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • Germanic linguistics; historical phonology; Pennsylvania German


Thomas O. Beebee

  • Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German
  • criticism and theory; 18th-century literature; translation (theory, practice, and literary mimesis); literature and law

Bettina Brandt

  • 20th- and 21st-century literature; literary multilingualism and translation studies; intersections of avant-garde, migration and gender; early modern global relations

Sabine Doran

  • Associate Professor of German
  • 20th- and 21st-century German literature; film studies and visual culture

Samuel Frederick

  • Assistant Professor of German
  • 19th- and 20th-century German literature; narrative theory; film history and theory

Jens Guettel

  • Associate Professor of History and German
  • modern European history; German expansionism; labor history

Linda J. Ivanits

  • Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature
  • 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and culture; Dostoevsky; folklore; literature and folklore under Nicholas I (1825-55)

Carrie Jackson

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • second language acquisition; linguistics; psycholinguistics

Irina Mikaelian

  • Lecturer in Russian
  • linguistics; second language acquisition (Russian)

Michael M. Naydan

  • Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies
  • Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • literary translation; Ukrainian and Russian poetry; contemporary Ukrainian literature; Slavic women writers

Daniel Purdy

  • Professor of German Studies
  • Enlightenment; Romanticism; German orientalisms; architectural aesthetics

Michael Putnam

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • Germanic linguistics; linguistic theory; bilingualism; ethnomusicology

Dennis Schmidt

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy, German, and Comparative Literature
  • 19th- and 20th-century philosophy and literary theory; German Romanticism; aesthetics

Adrian Wanner

  • Liberal Arts Research Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature
  • Russian literature; translation; migration and diaspora literature

(814) 865-1097

N. Hülya Yilmaz

  • Senior Lecturer in German and instructor in Comparative Literature Studies
  • contemporary German literature; minority German writers; feminist theory and practice in the context of Islam

Yelena Zotova

  • Lecturer in Russian
  • linguistics; second language acquisition (Russian)


Randi Bone

  • Administrative Services

(814) 865-1168

Rebecca M. Bressler

  • Administrative Services

(814) 865-0214

Rebecca Cross

  • Student Services

(814) 863-5417

Sarah Denes

  • Administrative Support Coordinator

(814) 863-4288

Nicole Force

  • Administrative Services

(814) 863-9628

Carol Ritter

  • Student Services

(814) 865-1016

Courtney Robison

  • Student Services

(814) 865-1352

Magdalena Rohling

  • Academic Advisor

(814) 865-0342

Bonnie Rossman

  • Administrative Services

(814) 867-4430

Laura Shaffer

  • Student Services

(814) 865-7233

Faculty Affiliates

Eleonora K. Adams

  • Associate Professor of German

Gabriela Appel

  • Associate Director of CALPER
  • Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics

(814) 863-3360

Greg Eghigian

  • Associate Professor of Modern European History, specializing in the History of 20th Century Germany

Emeritus Faculty

Galina Khmelkova

  • Lecturer of Russian since 1991
  • philologist; instructor of Russian language and literature

Willard Martin

  • Professor of German

(814) 863-7484

Marlene Pilarcik Soulsby

  • Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Penn State Worthington Scranton

Gerhard F. Straßer

  • Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Vickie L. Ziegler

  • Emeritus Professor of German Literature and Medieval Studies

Faculty at other Campuses

Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen

  • Associate Professor of German, Penn State Altoona

Irene Hurd

  • Lecturer in Russian, Penn State Altoona

Eva Kuttenberg

  • Associate Professor of German, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Ilse-Rose Warg

  • Lecturer in German, Penn State Altoona