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: August 15, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.


David Powelstock, Chair of the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature and Undergraduate Advising Head for Russian Studies
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature. Romanticism. Modernism. Czech literature. Poetry. Translation. Literary theory.

Leanne Day
Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies

Stephen Dowden, Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head for the European Cultural Studies Program
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
Instruction of modern Chinese as a foreign language. Chinese pedagogy. Classical Chinese language. Traditional Chinese and oriental philosophy (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism). Comparative ideas, and Chinese cultural heritage as a whole.

Matthew Fraleigh, Chair of the Comparative Literature and Culture Program and Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities
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
Vocabulary acquisition in Japanese as a foreign language. Kanji acquisition for students with alphabet-language backgrounds. Using strategies for reading Japanese as a foreign language.

Eun-Jo Lee
Korean language.

Xiwen Lu, Undergraduate Advising Head for the Chinese Language Program
Teaching Chinese as a second language. Computer-based and Internet-based teaching method. Teaching Chinese at secondary level.

Robin Feuer Miller (on leave fall 2017)
Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Nineteenth-century Russian literature and comparative literature. The novel. Reader-response criticism.

Yukimi Nakano
Japanese Language. Second language acquisition (English as a second language and Japanese as a foreign language). Japanese literature (seventeenth-century Haikai and work of Matsuo Basho).

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 (on leave academic year 2017-2018)
South Asian studies. Comparative literature. Postcolonial theory and studies.

Sabine von Mering, Director of the Center for German and European Studies
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature. German women writers. Feminist theory. Language pedagogy. Drama.

Pu Wang
Modern Chinese literature and culture in comparative frameworks. Critical theory and translation studies. Cultural Marxism. Aesthetic modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Intellectual history of China. Comparative poetics.

Jian Wei (on leave fall 2017)
Chinese language. Computer-based teaching method. Teaching Chinese at beginning level and advanced level. Advanced conversational Chinese.

Curt Woolhiser
Russian language.

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)