Faculty and Staff

Alfredo Alonso Estenoz

Associate Professor of Spanish


Education: Ph.D., Spanish, University of Iowa; M.A., Spanish, University of Iowa; B.A., Journalism, University of Havana

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Julien Bertrand

Teaching Associate in French

Education: in-progress M.A. entitled "Texts, Images and Languages," M.A., English and American arts, letters and civilization, B.A., English language, literature and civilization, University of Western Brittany

Ruth Caldwell

Professor of French

French and Italian

On Sabbatical Fall 2014

Education: Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Chicago; M.A., Romance Languages, University of Chicago; B.A., French, University of Southern California

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Francesca (Anna) De Santis

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Italian

Spanish and Italian

Education: Ph.D., Foreign Modern Literatures, University of Pisa; Laurea, Spanish Literature, University of Rome

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Anne-Marine Feat

Assistant Professor of French


Education: Ph.D., Irish Studies, Université Michel de Montaigne; M.A., English, Université de Bretagne Occidentale; B.A., Celtic Studies and Teaching French as a Foreign Language, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

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Nancy Gates Madsen

Associate Professor of Spanish


Education: Ph.D., Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., History, Carleton College

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Kari Gronningsaeter

Visiting Instructor in Scandinavian Studies

Laurie Iudin-Nelson

Full Professor of Russian Studies

Russian, Nordic Studies
Director of Russian Studies
Director of Nordic Studies

Education: Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-­Madison; M.A., Russian Area Studies; Literature Concentration, University of Minnesota; B.A., History, Russian, Russian Studies, St. Olaf College

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Maren Johnson

Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies

Education: Ph.D., Scandinavian Language and Literature, University of Washington; M.A., Scandinavian Language and Literature, University of Washington; B.A., Norwegian Language and Literature, Pacific Lutheran University

Ruth R. Kath

Professor of German


Education: Ph.D., German, University of Iowa; M.A., Theology, Loras College; M.A, German, University of Connecticut; B.A., German, Syracuse University

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Lori Ostlie

Administrative Assistant, MLLL, Religion and Classics

Administrative Assistant

Pete Russella

Adjunct Faculty in French

Education: Master 2 Professionnel Français Langue Étrangère, Université de Bretagne Occidentale; Master 1 Arts, Lettres, et Civilis ations, Parcours Français Langue Étrangère pour anglais, Université de Bretagne Occidentale; Certificat en Langues et Cultures Québécoises, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi; B.A., French, Psychology, Luther College

Rachel Schulte

Visiting Faculty in Spanish

Dawn Schweizer

Elizabeth Steding

Associate Professor of German

German and Paideia

Education: Ph.D., German Studies, Michigan State University; M.A., German Language and Culture, UC Santa Barbara; B.A., German, Alma College

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Soeren A. Steding

Associate Professor of German

German and Paideia
Münster Program Director

Education: Ph.D., Germanistik, University of Regensburg; M.A., German Literature, Vanderbilt University; Staatsexamen (Gymnasium), University of Regensburg

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Megan Strom

Visiting Assistant Professor in Spanish

Education: Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota; M.A., Applied Linguistics, La Universidad de las Américas-Puebla; B.A., Spanish, Gustavus Adolphus College

Rita M. Tejada

Associate Professor of Spanish


Education: Ph. D., Spanish, Florida State University; M.A., Spanish, Emory University; B.A., Education, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

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David R. Thompson

Associate Professor of Spanish

Spanish and Paideia

Department Head for Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Education: Ph. D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University; M.A., Spanish, Washington University; B.A., Spanish, Wabash College

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Hongmei Yu

Associate Professor of Chinese


Education: Ph.D., Program of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon; M.A., Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University, China; B.A., School of Journalism, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

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Laurie Zaring

Associate Professor of Linguistics and French

French and Linguistics

Education: Ph.D., Romance Linguistics, Cornell University; M.A., French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin; B.A., French Culture, College of Wooster

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