We support our colleagues in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures in condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine. Their statement (, reads: “The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Pennsylvania State University condemns Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. We, Penn State students and faculty, insist on the preservation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the safety of its inhabitants. We resoundingly reject the false accusations and historical distortions that the Russian government and its media have used to justify the war against Ukraine. Russia’s flagrant violations of international law and human rights must be rebuked. We are profoundly troubled that by invading Ukraine Russia has placed the world in a precarious condition that threatens to escalate globally so that the stability and security of all nations is now under threat. We urge all concerned citizens of the world to petition their government representatives to rebuke Russia’s assault on a sovereign democracy and to aid the Ukrainian people in their hour of need. We are committed to educating future generations about Ukrainian and Russian languages, literatures, and cultures, so that they may understand the vital role that the national cultures of Eastern Europe play in the modern world. Please join the department in speaking out publicly.”

who has accepted a job offer for Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality beyond North America at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

in a March 26 article entitled “Six faculty members receive 2024 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.” Read more here.

who was awarded third place in the Video Option category for “Brazilian Cordel on the Amazon: Grassroots Poetry Between Extraction and Conservation.”

who was awarded a College of the Liberal Arts Raymond E. Lombra and Roberta Lombra Outstanding Graduate Research Award for 2024.

who has joined the Board of Directors for the Association for Asian Studies.

Summer 2024: Adam DeCaulp (Comparative Literature: Korean), Nick Johnson (Comparative Literature: Japanese), and Marisa Schlemmer (Undergraduate in Korean Studies, Korean).


Academic Year 2024-25: Abby Ryder-Huth (Comparative Literature: Japanese), Newlyn Bonidie (Undergraduate in Comparative Literature and Korean Studies: Korean), Audrey Maier (Undergraduate in Korean Studies: Korean), and Jay Reed (Undergraduate in Japanese and Chinese Studies: Japanese).

who has been selected to receive the Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award. This award recognizes graduate students who have excelled in all aspects of their graduate program and will help fund Ozge’s archival work of the queer and trans research in Turkey.

who has accepted a 2-year position as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University.

who has accepted a 3-year position as Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan Society of Fellows.

Aditya Mohan Bahl (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Global Asias).

whose article “Constructing an Alternative African Literature Canon in Socialist China (1959-1964)” was accepted for publication and is forthcoming in the Journal of World Literature.

on the publication of the article "Performing Distinction in Big Banana: Culture at the Margins of Visibility" in the journal Humanities, vol. 13, no. 1, 2024. The article is part of the special issue "The Central American Novel in the Twenty-First Century, 2000–2020" and is available here.

on her interview with Victoria Lupașcu (2019 alumnus, Comparative Literature) about Dr. Armillas-Tiseyra's book, The Dictator Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South (Northwestern UP, 2019) for the New Books Network. The interview is available here.

for the following publications:

“Culinary Intimacy in Fukazawa Ushio’s The Matchmaker and “When Yi Tongae Eats.”” in Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 36, no. 2, December 2023, pp. 501-531. The article is available here.

“Crime Fiction in Korea: Transformation and Transnationality of the Genre,” in Clues: A Journal of Detection, vol. 42, no. 1, 2024 (Forthcoming).

Contemporary Korean Culture from the Edge (Lexington, 2024) (Forthcoming).

who successfully defended the dissertation, “Anthropocene Imaginaries. Science Fiction as Method for Ecological Reading.”