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We are one of the largest language departments on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus and offer over 16 languages, 8 majors/certificates, and 3 graduate programs. All of our languages will open new doors for you throughout your life and career. Start discovering who GNS is and everything we have to offer students, faculty, and alumni.
GNS Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for Academic Year 2017-18
Prior to UW-Madison, Claus taught 6 years at the University of Helsinki, as well as at the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California - Los Angeles. Though his main field of study is Danish literature and culture, he has also published on Norwegian and Swedish writers, and is a scholar of Scandinavian Studies with a broader European perspective. In addition to writing scholarly on Scandinavian literature, he has been a literature reviewer/critic of Scandinavian literature for the Finnish-Swedish newspaper Hufvudsstadsbladet since 2013.
Maksim was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fall 2016 and was gracious to return to teach at UW-Madison again this year. His interests are Russian Romanticism in European context, post-Soviet literature and culture, theater and performance, poetry and poetics, philosophy and aesthetic theory, translation. In addition to his teaching at UW-Madison, he is currently working on two book-length projects: a study of Alexander Pushkin’s sense of the tragic and a second study that examines the proliferation of documentary practices in post-Soviet culture.
Sergey most recently spent his time as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and the Co-Director of their Summer Russian Study Trip. He is also an Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Madison, having received his doctorate in Slavic Studies here. Sergey's main research interest is Vladimir Nabokov, mostly from a comparative perspective: Nabokov as a bilingual writer, a scientist and a writer, a modernist and a traditionalist.
Award Winning Faculty
Thomas DuBois awarded 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award
Thomas DuBois, Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic, was one of 12 recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Thomas is well known for active engagement with his students and creating innovative and interactive teaching methods.
B. Venkat Mani Wins Kellett Award
The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. View GNS News for more information on this prestigious award.