Courses of Study

  • Chinese
  • East Asian Studies (major/minor)
  • European Cultural Studies (major)
  • German Studies (major/minor)
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian Studies (major/minor)
  • South Asian Studies (minor)


German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature

Last updated: November 24, 2015 at 1:54 p.m.


Stephen Dowden, Chair of the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature and Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head for European Cultural Studies (on leave spring 2016)
German modernism. Romanticism. The Novel: Kafka, Bernhard, Thomas Mann, Broch, Musil, Goethe. Austrian literature.

Irina Dubinina, Director of the Russian Language Program
Bilingualism. Russian heritage speakers. Teaching language through culture/film/theater. Second-language acquisition in Russian. First-language attrition.

Yu Feng, Director of the Chinese Language Program and Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese
Chinese language.

Matthew Fraleigh (on leave academic year 2015-2016)
Classical and modern Japanese literature and language. Cultural and literary exchange between China and Japan. Literature and travel.

Hisae Fujiwara, Director and Undergraduate Advising Head for the Japanese Language Program

Xiwen Lu
Lecturer in Chinese.

Robin Feuer Miller
Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Nineteenth-century Russian literature and comparative literature. The novel. Reader-response criticism.

Yukimi Nakano (on leave spring 2016)
Lecturer in Japanese.

David Powelstock, Undergraduate Advising Head for Russian Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature. Romanticism. Modernism. Czech literature. Poetry. Translation. Literary theory.

Kathrin Seidl, Undergraduate Advising Head for German Studies and Director of the German Language Program
German language and literature. German literature in its South American reception.

Harleen Singh, Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head for South Asian Studies (on leave spring 2016)
South Asian studies. Comparative literature. Postcolonial theory and studies.

Sabine von Mering
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature. German women writers. Feminist theory. Language pedagogy. Drama.

Pu Wang (on leave academic year 2015-2016)

Jian Wei
Lecturer in Chinese.

Affiliated Faculty (contributing to the curriculum, advising and administration of the department or program)
ChaeRan Freeze (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
Gregory Freeze (History)
Eugene Sheppard (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
Govind Sreenivasan (History)
Aida Yuen Wong (Fine Arts)
Bernard Yack (Politics)

Courses of Instruction