The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Statement on Diversity
The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic strives to create inclusive excellence by valuing the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds based on their race, ethnicity, culture, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic level, national origin, religious belief, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and class.
This is an ongoing task that requires each of us to unlearn our socialization in cultures where privilege and opportunity are unequally distributed along many of those lines and then to put that learning into practice in our classrooms, syllabi, decision-making structures, and research.
Dr. Somers received her PhD in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has most recently taught at Queen Mary University in London and the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on historical Germanic linguistics with an emphasis on early Germanic. The addition of Dr. Somers to an already strong German Program shows our commitment to our Graduate and Undergraduate students in the academic realm.
Dr. Hanukai has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW-Madison for the past year and we are delighted that he will be joining us as a permanent Faculty member. He received his PhD in Russian literature from Columbia University. His primary research and teaching interests include 19th century Russian literature, post-Soviet culture and society, and Russian theater. We look forward to his continued excellence in the classroom and research at UW-Madison.
Dr. Ospovat received his Doctorate from Russian State University and his research focus is Russian literature of the imperial period; Realism; literature, politics, and science; Russia and Germany; early modern Europe. With the merger still fresh, we are excited to add a faculty member who covers both the Russian and German aspects of our department.
Award Winning Faculty
Mark Louden Awarded WARF Professorship
Mark Louden, Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic, was one of 8 recipients of the 2018-19 WARF Named Professorships. Mark is recognized for his distinguished research contributions, teaching, and service.
Irina Shevelenko Wins H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship
The H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship awards recognize outstanding faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Professor Irina Shevelenko is recognized for her impressive research efforts and strong leadership.