European Studies Faculty

Kelly Maynard
Assistant Professor

Department Chair : European Studies

Kelly Maynard joined the faculty at Grinnell in 2009 after teaching in the history and art history departments at Scripps College. Her current project... read more

Jenny Anger portrait
Associate Professor

Department Chair: Art and Art History

Jenny Anger joined the Department of Art and Art History at Grinnell College in 1997. She has been an associate professor since 2004. She has served... read more

Armstrong, Todd

Todd Armstrong did his undergraduate work at the Universities of Montana and Oregon, and then studied in an ACTR program at the Pushkin Institute. After Moscow, he completed a year of study in... read more

Associate Professor

Tim Arner specializes in medieval literature. His research and teaching interests include the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, the influence of classical texts on Middle English poetry, and the... read more

Jennifer Brown portrait
Associate Professor
Director of Collegium Musicum

Jennifer Williams Brown (musicology) is a specialist in the history and performance of Baroque music, particularly 17th-century Italian opera. In 2008 she received the Claude V. Palisca Award,... read more

Vance Byrd
Assistant Professor

Vance Byrd is an Assistant Professor of German at Grinnell College. Professor Byrd is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature who writes on topics relating to media studies, museum... read more

Cohn Edward
Assistant Professor

Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist before... read more

Associate Professor
Monessa Cummins
Associate Professor

Department Chair: Classics

Monessa Cummins received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Greek epinician poetry, a type of lyric poetry... read more

Associate Professor

Eugene Gaub joined the faculty at Grinnell College in 1995. He is a pianist who also teaches courses in music theory and music history.
As a pianist, Eugene Gaub's solo repertoire... read more

Greene Raquel
Associate Professor

Raquel joined the department in 1998 as a CSMP scholar and dissertation fellow. Raquel teaches all levels of the Russian language curriculum, and also teaches a course based on her research, "The... read more

Berna Gueneli
Assistant Professor

Having studied in Germany, Spain and the US, I received my PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in 20/21st century German film, ethnicity and minority... read more

Associate Professor

Department Chair: Russian

Kelly Herold has spent several summers, a spring and two winters in Russia. Her research on memoir and travel writing has taken her to Dublin, London and Prague... read more


Department Chair : French and Arabic

Susan Ireland is Orville and Mary Patterson Routt Professor of Literature. She grew up in England, and taught in France for eight years before coming... read more

Assistant Professor

Marika T. Knowles studies French art of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.  She is particularly interested in the way that motifs travel between a variety of media, from Salon... read more

Assistant Professor

James Lee’s teaching and research focus on Renaissance drama and poetry. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the history of the scientific method, and contemporary critical theory. Based on... read more

Assistant Professor

Department Chair: Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies

Danielle Lussier is an assistant professor in political science. Her research focuses on democratization, the political... read more

J. Vanessa Lyon
Assistant Professor

Vanessa Lyon teaches early modern art with an emphasis on gender, historiography, and cross-cultural relationships in Spanish, Flemish, and British visual representation (circa 1400-1700). Her... read more

Associate Professor

Ellen directs and teaches European dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and theatre history from the Greeks to Beckett and Stoppard. She also teaches interdisciplinary Humanities classes on... read more

McCay-Casady Professor of Humanities
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Philippe Moisan is from Brittany. He holds a D.E.U.G. in Literature and Visual Arts, and a Licence in Literature from the University of Caen (Normandy). He also has a M.A. and... read more

Tammy Nyden
Associate Professor

Primary Academic Interests
Early Modern Philosophy (Particularly Spinoza, Cartesianism, History of Physics, and the Dutch Enlightenment)
The History and Philosophy of Science 
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Assistant Professor

Presently working on:

The Politics of Feast and Space: Academic Festival Books and the Rise of Institutional Power in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

Recent... read more

Assistant Professor

Aysha Pollnitz arrived at Grinnell College in August 2013 following research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. She has taught at the... read more

Associate Professor

Department Chair: History


Elizabeth Prevost received her B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the history... read more

Dan Reynolds
Associate Professor

Department Chair: German

Book Project: Postcards from Auschwitz: Tourism and Holocaust Remembrance. Supported by an NEH Summer Stipend for 2013. 

Selected... read more

Full Professor

Department Chair : Religious Studies

Tyler Roberts teaches courses in modern western religious thought, religion and politics, and theory and method in Religious Studies. He has published... read more

Assistant Professor

Erik Simpson's literature courses focus on British writing from Shakespeare to the present, especially the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His primary research field is... read more