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Dr. Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova

Associate Professor
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2141
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Office Hours:

W, F: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Degree: Ph.D., Sofia University "Saint Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria

Position: Assistant Professor

Teaching interests: Polish and Czech language, Language teaching methodology, West Slavic Literature, Culture and Film.

Research interests: Communism in the 20th and 21st century West Slavic prose, post-1989 West Slavic Bildungsroman, memory studies, Slavic literary Baroque.

Selected recent publications

2011 article: "The Grandmother as Political Actor in post-1989 Polish Initiation Novels" Forum for Modern Language Studies 47.2 (2011): 182-196.

2011 book chapter: "Obraz Matki-Polki w polskiej powieści inicjacyjnej po 1989 roku" In Polonistyka bez granic. Materiały z IV Kongresu Polonistyki Zagranicznej, tom 1, Krakow: Universitas, 2011. [Polish Studies without Borders. Contributions to the 4th International Congress of Polonists. Vol. 1] Eds. Władysław Miodunka, Ryszard Nycz, and Tomasz Kunz, pp. 447-453.

2009 article: Voluntary Social Marginalization as a Surviving Strategy in Polish Post-Communist Accounts of Childhood. The Sarmatian Review 29.1: 1435—1444.

2008 article: Barokъt v literaturata na pravoslavnite slavjani. [The Baroque in the Literatures of the Orthodox Slavs], In Slavjanska filologija, t. 24, Dokladi i statii za 14 Mezhdunaroden kongres na slavistite [Slavic Philology, vol. 24, The Bulgarian Contributions to the 14th Congress of Slavists], Sofia: Academic Press "Professor Marin Drinov", 2008, pp. 137—145.

2007 book chapter: "Двете лица на Контрареформацията при славяните" [The Bright and Dark Sides of Counter-Reformation among Slavs], In В духа на европейските културни диалози. В памет на проф. Боян Ничев [In the Spirit of the European Cultural Dialogs. In Memoriam of Professor Boyan Nichev], Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2007, pp. 255-267.

Selected grants

External: Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Czech Literature, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena Research Fellowship

Internal: New Faculty General Research Fund Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Hall Center Research Fellowship

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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KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
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100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad