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Molly Godwin-Jones

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Wescoe Hall
Room 2137
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Molly Godwin-Jones is a PhD student in KU’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She earned her BA in Russian Studies from the College of William and Mary, and her MA in Russian Language and Literature at Boston College, as well as an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from KU. In addition, Molly studied Russian business and media translation at American University, and has been working as a translator for five years.  She has lived and studied in Pyatigorsk, in Russia’s northern Caucasus region, where she was a volunteer interpreter at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. While teaching English in Russia, Molly worked with her students to investigate the outcomes of the 2012 US presidential elections and explore the news ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. She also teaches all levels of Russian language courses at KU, where she is working on her dissertation on second language acquisition.

Entered program: Fall 2016

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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