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Unparalleled research projects led by faculty

Our world-renowned faculty members in the School of International Letters and Cultures solve prominent issues facing communities worldwide through research. From exploring the meaning of butterflies in Chinese and Korean culture to addressing the effect of interpersonal violence in Latin America, our faculty-led research projects have unprecedented value for cultures and communities across the globe.

Stephen Bokenkamp
Regents Professor, Chinese
David William Foster
Faculty Head of Spanish and Portuguese and Regents Professor, Portuguese & Spanish

Foster research focuses on the cultural production of Latin American cities, with emphasis on Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City and with a particular interest in women's history, queer theory, and sexual identities, and Jewish cultural identity. The genres of cultural production with which he basically concerns himself are narrative,... more

School Director & Professor

globalization studies; humanitarianism; tourism; German orientalism and colonialism; Germans in Africa; intercultural hermeneutics

Joe Cutter
Professor, Chinese
Carlos Garcia-Fernandez
Professor, Spanish


His research focuses on modern and contemporary Spain.  Currently, he is working with Gonzalo Sobejano on a critical edition of Antagon�a, by Luis Goytisolo (C�tedra).


Danko Sipka
Professor, Slavic

Danko Sipka's research interests include lexicography, lexicology, linguistic anthropology, lexical and inflectional morphology, computational linguistics, and computer-assisted learning.

Hoyt Tillman
Professor, Chinese History

Tillman's primary research focus is Confucian thinking during the Song, Jin and Yuan periods of Chinese history and its relevance to issues in modern and contemporary China.  A major current project is the revival of Confucianism (and particularly Zhu Xi culture) in contemporary China. This project has already resulted in several articles... more

Cynthia Tompkins
Professor, Spanish

Latin American Film, Latin American Women Writers, Latin American Cultural Production, Contemporary Critical Discourse.

Michael Tueller
Professor of the Classics

I work primarily in the Hellenistic period, the time after Alexander the Great but before Augustus, when Greek language and culture spread broadly across the Mediterranean. At that time, the Greek people had to deal with their own discontinuity in space and time from their heritage, and with their constant contact with very different peoples.... more

Emil Volek
Professor, Spanish


Global Intersections Blog

the SILC Instructional and Research Technology Committee has created a central hub of research and points-of-interest stories surrounding the language and cultures in the School of International Letters and Cultures.  This is a constant work in progress-- there is something new to look at every time.  These entries come from the perspective of faculty, graduate students, lecturers, and instructors. If you are interested in intensive courses, faculty research, or the role of technology in learning languages, give the link a quick click