From Sturm and Drang and Goethe's Faust  to contemporary 21st century Germany, our faculty in German Studies have a variety of expertise and research interests. The interdisciplinary nature of our teaching allows students to study the German language while also learning about the fascinating, rich and sometimes difficult histories of German-speaking countries via their literature, music, film, and everyday cultures. Our faculty also contribute to the programs in Women's Studies,  International Studies, and General Education via their courses in the "Literature and Culture" rubric, and also to Gateway Colloquia offerings, the first course in the university's writing program.

Current Faculty

  • Marina Balina

    Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian

    ( Chair of the German, Russian and Asian Languages Department)

    Contact: (309) 556-3082 —

  • Adam Woodis

    Visiting Assistant Professor of German

    (19th-century German literature, history, and culture)

    Contact: (309) 556-3470 —


All correspondence can be mailed to individual faculty members at:

German Studies
104 Buck Memorial Library
210 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL
Departmental Phone:  309/556-3044
Departmental FAX:  309/556-3284