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

Ruth Caldwell

Professor of French

French and Italian

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

Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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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Pete Russella

Visiting 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

  • Office: AlumniStudent - Not Enrolled this TermFaculty SpouseFormer Faculty
  • Phone: Alumni, Student - Not Enrolled this Term, Faculty Spouse, Former Faculty
  • E-mail: schweida@luther.edu

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

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

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

Assistant 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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