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Faculty
Advisors

Ervin Malakaj

Ervin Malakaj

Assistant Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, German

location_onBuchanan Tower 927

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history, narrative theory, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and humanities as well as language study advocacy. Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a b...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Associate Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Modern European Studies

phone604 822 6489
location_onBuchanan Tower 926

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Bachelor of Media Studies Ilinca Iuraşcu holds graduate degrees in Gender Studies from the Central European University and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD at UPenn, she joined the Graduiertenkolleg Mediale Historiographien ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Kyle Frackman

Kyle Frackman

Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Studies

phone604 822 5118
location_onBuchanan Tower 925

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies
Before joining the faculty at UBC in July 2012, Dr. Kyle Frackman (he/him) taught at institutions in the United States: the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Frackman attended Hamline University, graduating with a major...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies

Lena Karlström

Lena Karlström

Lecturer | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Scandinavian

phone604 822 5119
location_onBuchanan Tower 921

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Lena Karlström came to the department in 1993, leaving Stockholm where she combined teaching with freelance travel journalism. She teaches the Swedish language courses and Scandinavian literature courses, for example Scandinavian Crime Fiction (SCAN 336), Scandinavian Cinema (SCAN 337) and Scandina...Read more

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies

Veta Chitnev

Veta Chitnev

Lecturer of Russian | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Russian

phone604 827 5541
location_onBuchanan Tower 903

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Russian | Global Seminar Director Originally from Moscow, Veta Chitnev has been teaching with CENES since 2008. She teaches Russian language and culture courses and coordinates all sections of Russian language courses. Veta is also responsible for student...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Full-time Faculty

Adelheid O'Brien

Adelheid O'Brien

Lecturer

phone604 822 5457
location_onBuchanan Tower 908

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Adelheid O’Brien is a 12-month lecturer in the department. She teaches in the German Language Program and is the coordinator of the German Reading Program. Her areas of specialization include second language acquisition and pedagogy, intercultural language learning and teaching, reading comprehens...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Ann-Kathrine Havemose

Ann-Kathrine Havemose

Danish Lecturer

location_onBuchanan Tower 905

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Ann-Kathrine Havemose is the lecturer of Danish and Scandinavian studies. She is a native Danish speaker, and has an MA in comparative literature and general linguistics from Aarhus University, Denmark, while also having studied Celtic Civilization and Irish folklore at University College Cork, Irel...Read more

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies

Biz Nijdam

Biz Nijdam

Lecturer

phone604 827 6394
location_onBuchanan Tower 905

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam is a lecturer in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, working on her book manuscript Graphic Historiography: East Ger...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Bożena Karwowska

Bożena Karwowska

Professor

phone604 822 5956
location_onBuchanan Tower 920

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Caroline Rieger

Caroline Rieger

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5156
location_onBuchanan Tower 923

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it made Caroline Rieger a researcher and teacher. Born and raised in Luxembourg – a trilingual country – Caroline was curious about anything and everything related to languages from a very early age. This inquisitive fascination was a fruitful companion t...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Daniela Hempen

Daniela Hempen

Lecturer

phone604 822 5133
location_onBuchanan Tower 904

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Daniela Hempen received an M.A. in German and Scandinavian languages and literatures from Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, in 1991. In September of that same year, Daniela relocated to Vancouver, Canada, to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at the Univer...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Dariya Prykhodko

Dariya Prykhodko

Lecturer of Russian

location_onBuchanan Tower 902

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Dariya (Dasha) Prykhodko has been with CENES since 2005, and teaches Russian language, culture and literature courses. Dasha has Masters degrees in Russian Language and Literature (LSU, Ukraine) and Liberal Studies (SFU, Canada).  Her current PhD project’s interests include the symbolic role ...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Thematic Research Area

Cultural Studies | Literature Studies

David Gramling

David Gramling

Professor | Department Head

phone604 827 3546
location_onBuchanan Tower 917B

Regional Research Area

German Studies
David Gramling (he/they) is author of the following six books: The Invention of Multilingualism (Cambridge University Press, 2021), The Invention of Monolingualism (Bloomsbury 2016, American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award, 2018), co-author of Palliative Care Conversations: Clinical a...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Ervin Malakaj

Ervin Malakaj

Assistant Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, German

location_onBuchanan Tower 927

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history, narrative theory, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and humanities as well as language study advocacy. Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a b...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Florian Faller

Florian Faller

Lecturer

phone604 822 6329
location_onBuchanan Tower 928

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Florian has been studying languages (French, English, Latin, Classical Greek, Italian, Swedish, in that order) for most of his life, and has native proficiency in German. Since beginning teaching German as a Foreign Language in 1998, he has taught at six different institutions in Italy and Cana...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Florian Gassner

Florian Gassner

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 822 5165
location_onBuchanan Tower 918

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Florian is a Fellow of the New Europe College in Bucharest and he has represented the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Donetsk National University. He has also taught at Mount Allison University, and he joined the University of Kassel as a guest professor in 2016/17. His areas of speci...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Thematic Research Area

Literature Studies

Gaby Pailer

Gaby Pailer

Professor

phone604 822 4042
location_onBuchanan Tower 907

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Gaby Pailer joined UBC as Associate Professor of German Literature in 2001 leaving a grant-tenure position of Assistant Professor equivalent at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. She was promoted to Professor in 2010, served as Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern Europea...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Professor

phone604 822 5155
location_onBuchanan Tower 919

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies
After graduating from UBC in 1991, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young taught at the Universities of Manitoba and Waterloo before returning to UBC in 1995, where he teaches in the German and Scandinavian sections of CENES. His initial area of research was the 18th century, but he is now primarily interested in ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Associate Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Modern European Studies

phone604 822 6489
location_onBuchanan Tower 926

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Bachelor of Media Studies Ilinca Iuraşcu holds graduate degrees in Gender Studies from the Central European University and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD at UPenn, she joined the Graduiertenkolleg Mediale Historiographien ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Jason Lieblang

Jason Lieblang

Associate Professor of Teaching | Director of First-Year and Interdisciplinary Programs for Arts

phone604 822 5154
location_onBuchanan Tower 906

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Jason Lieblang holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto and teaches across the German Studies undergraduate curriculum in CENES. His interests include curriculum design; emerging technologies in foreign language learning; translation; teaching with and abo...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Katherine Bowers

Katherine Bowers

Associate Professor | Director, Centre for European Studies

phone604 822 6431
location_onBuchanan Tower 924

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Katherine Bowers is an expert in Russian literature and culture. Her research interests include genre, narrative, environmental humanities, imagined geography, and digital humanities. At UBC Dr Bowers directs the Centre for European Studies and is the lead and founder of the Eurasia Research Clust...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Kyle Frackman

Kyle Frackman

Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Studies

phone604 822 5118
location_onBuchanan Tower 925

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies
Before joining the faculty at UBC in July 2012, Dr. Kyle Frackman (he/him) taught at institutions in the United States: the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Frackman attended Hamline University, graduating with a major...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies

Lena Karlström

Lena Karlström

Lecturer | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Scandinavian

phone604 822 5119
location_onBuchanan Tower 921

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Lena Karlström came to the department in 1993, leaving Stockholm where she combined teaching with freelance travel journalism. She teaches the Swedish language courses and Scandinavian literature courses, for example Scandinavian Crime Fiction (SCAN 336), Scandinavian Cinema (SCAN 337) and Scandina...Read more

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies

Markus Hallensleben

Markus Hallensleben

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5140
location_onBuchanan Tower 922

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Executive Committee Member, UBC Centre for Migration Studies | Affiliated Faculty, Institute for European Studies | Associate Faculty, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice I am a permanent resident of Canada and an uninvited visitor to the traditional territory and unceded ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Rosemarie Peña

Rosemarie Peña

Adjunct Professor

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Rosemarie Peña is the founder and president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA). In this role, she has co-produced and hosted four international academic conferences on Black German studies. A fifth conference planned for April 2020 at Rutgers-Camden was postponed due ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Tim Frandy

Tim Frandy

Assistant Professor of Nordic Studies

phone604 822 2169
location_onBuchanan Tower 901

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Tim Frandy is a Sámi- and Finnish-American born and raised on Anishinaabe Aki in northernmost Wisconsin on the south shore of Gitchi-Gami, Lake Superior, amidst the region's thousands of lakes and deep forests of pine, birch, maple, and balsam. Growing up in close relation with the woods and waters...Read more

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies

Uma Kumar

Uma Kumar

Lecturer

phone604 822 6329
location_onBuchanan Tower 928

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Uma Kumar moved to Vancouver from India in 2003 and has been teaching with CENES since 2007. She holds a PhD in German Studies, a Master's in German Studies and a Master's in English Literature from the University of Bombay, India. Uma spent six years at the University of Vienna, doing research on A...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Veta Chitnev

Veta Chitnev

Lecturer of Russian | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Russian

phone604 827 5541
location_onBuchanan Tower 903

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Russian | Global Seminar Director Originally from Moscow, Veta Chitnev has been teaching with CENES since 2008. She teaches Russian language and culture courses and coordinates all sections of Russian language courses. Veta is also responsible for student...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Graduate Faculty

Bożena Karwowska

Bożena Karwowska

Professor

phone604 822 5956
location_onBuchanan Tower 920

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Caroline Rieger

Caroline Rieger

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5156
location_onBuchanan Tower 923

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it made Caroline Rieger a researcher and teacher. Born and raised in Luxembourg – a trilingual country – Caroline was curious about anything and everything related to languages from a very early age. This inquisitive fascination was a fruitful companion t...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

David Gramling

David Gramling

Professor | Department Head

phone604 827 3546
location_onBuchanan Tower 917B

Regional Research Area

German Studies
David Gramling (he/they) is author of the following six books: The Invention of Multilingualism (Cambridge University Press, 2021), The Invention of Monolingualism (Bloomsbury 2016, American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award, 2018), co-author of Palliative Care Conversations: Clinical a...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Ervin Malakaj

Ervin Malakaj

Assistant Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, German

location_onBuchanan Tower 927

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history, narrative theory, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and humanities as well as language study advocacy. Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a b...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Gaby Pailer

Gaby Pailer

Professor

phone604 822 4042
location_onBuchanan Tower 907

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Gaby Pailer joined UBC as Associate Professor of German Literature in 2001 leaving a grant-tenure position of Assistant Professor equivalent at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. She was promoted to Professor in 2010, served as Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern Europea...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Professor

phone604 822 5155
location_onBuchanan Tower 919

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies
After graduating from UBC in 1991, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young taught at the Universities of Manitoba and Waterloo before returning to UBC in 1995, where he teaches in the German and Scandinavian sections of CENES. His initial area of research was the 18th century, but he is now primarily interested in ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Ilinca Iuraşcu

Associate Professor | Director of Undergraduate Studies, Modern European Studies

phone604 822 6489
location_onBuchanan Tower 926

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Bachelor of Media Studies Ilinca Iuraşcu holds graduate degrees in Gender Studies from the Central European University and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD at UPenn, she joined the Graduiertenkolleg Mediale Historiographien ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Katherine Bowers

Katherine Bowers

Associate Professor | Director, Centre for European Studies

phone604 822 6431
location_onBuchanan Tower 924

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Katherine Bowers is an expert in Russian literature and culture. Her research interests include genre, narrative, environmental humanities, imagined geography, and digital humanities. At UBC Dr Bowers directs the Centre for European Studies and is the lead and founder of the Eurasia Research Clust...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Kyle Frackman

Kyle Frackman

Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Studies

phone604 822 5118
location_onBuchanan Tower 925

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies
Before joining the faculty at UBC in July 2012, Dr. Kyle Frackman (he/him) taught at institutions in the United States: the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Frackman attended Hamline University, graduating with a major...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies | Nordic Studies

Markus Hallensleben

Markus Hallensleben

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5140
location_onBuchanan Tower 922

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Executive Committee Member, UBC Centre for Migration Studies | Affiliated Faculty, Institute for European Studies | Associate Faculty, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice I am a permanent resident of Canada and an uninvited visitor to the traditional territory and unceded ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Rosemarie Peña

Rosemarie Peña

Adjunct Professor

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Dr. Rosemarie Peña is the founder and president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA). In this role, she has co-produced and hosted four international academic conferences on Black German studies. A fifth conference planned for April 2020 at Rutgers-Camden was postponed due ...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Tim Frandy

Tim Frandy

Assistant Professor of Nordic Studies

phone604 822 2169
location_onBuchanan Tower 901

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Tim Frandy is a Sámi- and Finnish-American born and raised on Anishinaabe Aki in northernmost Wisconsin on the south shore of Gitchi-Gami, Lake Superior, amidst the region's thousands of lakes and deep forests of pine, birch, maple, and balsam. Growing up in close relation with the woods and waters...Read more

Regional Research Area

Nordic Studies
Sessional Lecturers

Ania Switzer

Ania Switzer

Sessional Lecturer

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Ania Switzer was born in Upper Silesia, at that time in communist Poland. She received education at universities in Poland and United Kingdom. Ania worked at Jagiellonian University in Poland, Leo Baeck Institute London, UK, and the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education at the ...Read more

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Dorothee Leesing

Dorothee Leesing

Sessional Lecturer

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Helena Kudzia

Helena Kudzia

Sessional Lecturer

phone604 827 6341
location_onBuchanan Tower 1001

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies
Helena Kudzia teaches Polish language courses in the CENES Department, specializing in teaching Polish as a second language in an intercultural setting. She is currently researching sociology of nature and the history of primeval forests.

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Igor Maslennikov

Igor Maslennikov

Sessional Lecturer (CS)

phone604 822 5457
location_onBuchanan Tower 908

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Igor Maslennikov studied at the Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus and at the Karl-Marx University in Leipzig, Germany. He also completed an internship program of the Carl Duisberg Society in Cologne, Germany. Since 2006 Igor has been an instructor within CENES and with UBC Continuing Stu...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies

Liudmila Rodova

Liudmila Rodova

Sessional Lecturer

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Regional Research Area

Slavic Studies

Thematic Research Area

Language and Literacy Studies

Sara Pashan

Sara Pashan

Sessional Lecturer (CS)

phone604 827 6341
location_onBuchanan Tower 1001

Regional Research Area

German Studies
Sara Pashan has studied German and Psychology at the University of British Columbia and did a semester abroad at the Freie Universität Berlin during her time as a Graduate Student here in CENES. Sara is also a certified English language instructor and completed her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching En...Read more

Regional Research Area

German Studies