People

  1. Department Head
  2. Faculty
  3. Graduate Students
  4. Faculty Affiliates
  5. Emeritus Faculty
  6. Slavic Alumni
  7. Faculty at other Campuses
  8. German Testimonials
  9. German Graduate Alumni
  10. German Undergraduate Alumni

Department Head

Daniel Leonhard Purdy

  • Professor of German Studies
  • Enlightenment; Romanticism; Asian-German cultural history; architectural aesthetics

Faculty

Thomas O. Beebee

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German

Bettina Brandt

  • Teaching Professor of German and Jewish Studies

Sabine Doran

  • Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies
  • 20th- and 21st-century Literature and Film; Visual Studies; Holocaust Studies

Samuel Frederick

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

Julia Goetze

  • German Language Coordinator
  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Jens Guettel

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

Sarah M. Henneböhl

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of German

Carrie Jackson

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

Kobi Kabalek

  • Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies and Visual Studies
  • Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature and Jewish Studies

Yuliya V. Ladygina

  • Assistant Professor of Russian and Global Studies

Irina Mikaelian

  • Teaching Professor of Russian

Sharon Munger-Wailes

  • Associate Teaching Professor of German

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

B. Richard Page

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Germanic linguistics; historical phonology; Pennsylvania German

Michael Putnam

  • Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
  • Syntax; morphology; syntax-semantics interface; bilingualism; heritage varieties of German(ic); language attrition; evolution of language

Katharina S. Schuhmann

  • Assistant Professor of German & Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition and L2 teaching, learning and pedagogy; linguistic theory; phonetics, phonology, morphology; psycholinguistics.

Adrian Wanner

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

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Russian

Graduate Students

Alexis Chin

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics

Rose Fisher

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics

Andrew Hoffman

  • Ph.D. candidate in German linguistics and Language Science

Carolin Jolitz

  • Ph.D. Student in German Linguistics
  • Treasurer, German Graduate Student Association

Valerie Keppenne

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Linguistics and Language Science

Katherine Kerschen

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics and Language Science

Robert Klosinski

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics and Language Science

James Kopf

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Literature and Culture

Duncan Lien

  • PH.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and German

Hannah A. Matangos

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Literature and Culture, Visual Studies
  • Vice President, German Graduate Student Association

Michael McLaughlin

  • Ph.D. student in German Literature and Culture

Anna Piotti

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics
  • President, German Graduate Student Association

Maike Rocker

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Linguistics and Language Science

Elizabeth Schoppelrei

  • PH.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and German

Chao Tang

  • Ph.D. student in German Literature and Culture

Megan Wadas

  • Ph.D. student in German Linguistics
  • Secretary, German Graduate Student Association

William Weihe

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Literature and Culture

Alina Zhurbenko

  • Master's candidate in Russian and Comparative Literature.
  • Treasurer, Graduates in International Languages and Literatures

Chrisann Zuerner

  • Ph.D. candidate in German Literature and Culture

Faculty Affiliates

Eleonora K. Adams

  • Associate Professor of German

Gabriela Appel

  • Associate Director of CALPER
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics and German
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Greg Eghigian

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

Anita Starosta, Ph.D.

  • Associate Teaching Professor in Polish and English

Emeritus Faculty

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)

Galina Khmelkova

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

Willard Martin

  • Professor of German
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Marlene Pilarcik Soulsby

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

Gerhard F. Straßer

  • Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Hülya Yilmaz, Ph.D.

  • Emerita Teaching Professor of German

Vickie L. Ziegler

  • Emeritus Professor of German Literature and Medieval Studies

Slavic Alumni

Celeste Belknap

  • Double major in Russian and Violin Performance
  • 2019 Student Marshal

David Cooper, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor

Jason Cornelius

  • Major in Aerospace Engineering
  • Minor in Russan

Joe Embler

  • Program Manager
  • B.A. in Russian

Lori Feathers

  • Lawyer

Tracey Follis

  • Stewardess

Felix Friedman

  • Business

Andrew Fronheiser

  • Major in Russian
  • Air Force ROTC

Sarah Harpending

  • Partnerships and Grants Officer

Vance Holthenrichs

  • Double Major in Russian and German

Oksana Hosieva

  • Ph.D. candidate

Irene Hurd

  • Lecturer in Russian, Penn State Altoona

Roman Ivashkiv, Ph.D.

  • Lecturer in Slavic Languages
  • Language Program Coordinator

Nicholas Karakos

  • Director of Shared Services

Daniel Keifer

  • Major in Russian

Emily Kohlman

  • Major in Russian

Oksana Lushchevska, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas

Tammy Marpoe

  • Insurance Coordinator

Stuart McLaughlin

  • Double Major in Russian and Spanish

Joseph Nakpil

  • Double Major in Russian and Comparative Literature

Jennifer Neumyer

  • Director of Public Library

Natalia Nigay

  • Double Major in Russian and Aerospace Engineering

Maureen Gramaglia Passey

  • Primary Patent Examiner

Jeffrey Daniel Pawola

  • Client Solutions Manager

Mykola Polyuha, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor

Erika Pugh

  • Analyst - BDT Capital Partners
  • Double Major in Finance and Russian

Dr. Madhury Ray

  • Senior Analyst at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Angelique Reynolds

  • TOEFL instructor

Kristina Shigaeva

  • Account Executive

Charlie Smith

  • B.A. in Russian

Alexander Sukhovatitsyn

  • Director of Social Security Office

Christopher Summa

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science

Oksana Tatsyak

  • Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto

Olha Tytarenko, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Olesia Wallo, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor

Sophie Wisniewski

  • Retired

Ana Alicia Wondoloski

  • Senior Grants Officer

Brian Zdancevicz

  • Double Major in Russian and Linguistics

James Zevchak

  • Nuclear Power Plant Inspector

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

German Testimonials

Lauren Brooks

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2018
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Highpoint University

Josh Brown

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2011
  • Associate Professor of German, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Imke Brust

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2011
  • Associate Professor and Chair of German, Harverford College

Alison Eisel Hendricks

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Nick Henry

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies, Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin

Hyoun-A Joo

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2018
  • Assistant Professor of German, Georgia Tech

Ines Martin

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2018
  • Assistant Professor, Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy

Janice McGregor

  • PhD, German Applied Linguistics, 2012
  • Assistant Professor of German, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona

Niki McInteer

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2016
  • Associate Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest, University

Juliane Schicker

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2015
  • Assistant Professor of German, Carleton College

Lara Schwarz

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Linguistics, Technische Universität (TU) Dortmund

Lieselotte Sippel

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2017
  • Lector of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Adam Toth

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Roanoke College

Nina Vyatkina

  • PhD, German Applied Linguistics, 2007
  • Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

German Graduate Alumni

Lauren Brooks

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2018
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Highpoint University

Josh Brown

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2011
  • Associate Professor of German, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Imke Brust

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2011
  • Associate Professor and Chair of German, Harverford College

Alison Eisel Hendricks

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Nick Henry

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies, Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin

Hyoun-A Joo

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2018
  • Assistant Professor of German, Georgia Tech

Ines Martin

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2018
  • Assistant Professor, Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy

Janice McGregor

  • PhD, German Applied Linguistics, 2012
  • Assistant Professor of German, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona

Niki McInteer

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2016
  • Associate Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest, University

Juliane Schicker

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2015
  • Assistant Professor of German, Carleton College

Lara Schwarz

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Linguistics, Technische Universität (TU) Dortmund

Lieselotte Sippel

  • PhD, German and Linguistics, 2017
  • Lector of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Adam Toth

  • PhD, German Literature and Culture, 2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Roanoke College

Nina Vyatkina

  • PhD, German Applied Linguistics, 2007
  • Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

German Undergraduate Alumni

Lori Feathers

  • Lawyer

Janel Galvanek

  • BA in German
  • MA in Germanistik from Georgetown University
  • Master’s degree from the University of Hamburg

Vance Holthenrichs

  • Double Major in Russian and German

Devin McCoy

  • Teaching English at the Hermann-Allmers-Schule

Marta Millar

  • Triple major in German, History, and International Politics

Neil Shook

  • Double Major in Math and German
  • 2018 Student Marshal