Student Research Opportunities in Modern Languages and Cultures

Below you will find a listing of all available research opportunities in Modern Language and Cultures. Please use the contact information listed in each posting for further information regarding the research opportunity.


Adrienne Harris

Slavic Languages and Literature

Russian collective memory of the Second World War. Women’s and masculinity studies. In Dr. Harris's own words "In general, my primary work involves Russian collective memory of the Second World War.  In my current book project, Battles for Sevastopol: Russian War Films since Maidan,” using the lens of recent cinematic depictions of well-known war narratives, I ask how the conflict in Ukraine has reshaped Russian national identity.  Many of these films are revisions of Soviet-era literary texts or remakes of Soviet films.  I’ve published on Russian war poetry, memoirs, monuments, hero cults, and gender—and I don’t mean just women’s studies.  I am open to working with students on topics that do not concern Russia or the Czech Republic so long as they overlap with one of my other interests or areas of expertise.  "

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Contact Information: Adrienne_Harris@baylor.edu


Michael Long

Slavic Languages and Literature, German and Russian

Research interests are dissidence in the former East Block; human and civil rights; monument restoration in Russia and Georgia; Communist policy toward religion and religious property in Russia and Georgia (1921-1991); impact of tourism development on indigenous cultures in Georgia.

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Contact Information: Michael_Long@baylor.edu


Yoshiko Fujii Gaines

Area Studies in Japan

Japanese pedagogy as well as international relations, environmental issues, and social issues in Japan.

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Contact Information: Yoshiko_Gaines@baylor.edu


Linda McManness

Spanish & Portuguese

Literature, Romance Languages

Recommended Pre-requisites: Spanish 3309 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics and a 3.0 GPA in Spanish
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Contact Information: Linda_McManness@baylor.edu


Karol Hardin

Linguistics (Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics), Medical Spanish

Spanish Linguistics and Medical Spanish, emphasizing interdisciplinary links between languages, culture, and community. Current research: (1) pragmatic elements of a lie in Spanish and Tok Pisin, (2) Evaluation of Spanish language training interventions for medical residents and employee-interpreters, (3) analysis of miscommunication in clinical interactions with Spanish-speaking patients, and (4) evaluation of curricula and resources in U.S. medical Spanish education.

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Contact Information: Karol_Hardin@baylor.edu


Paul Larson

Spanish & Portuguese

Hispanic literature

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Contact Information: Paul_Larson@baylor.edu