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The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures encompasses the study of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Yiddish-speaking worlds. More than 300 courses are offered every year, from introductory language classes to advanced graduate seminars in literature and theory.

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Dr. Richard Macksey (1931-2019)

The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures shares its deep regret and sympathy upon the loss of Dr. Richard Macksey (1931-2019), for decades a guiding light in the study of languages, literature, and film at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Macksey had defended his Ph.D. thesis, written in French, in 1957 at Hopkins, where the […]


Congratulations to Professor Samuel Spinner!

Congratulations to Professor Samuel Spinner who was awarded a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.  Professor Spinner will be on research leave in AY 2019-20 at the Mandel Center beginning work on his new book project, Museums of Words: Holocaust Museums and Literature.


Recruitment underway for Lecturer in Spanish

The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at the Johns Hopkins University seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer to teach undergraduate courses in the Spanish Language Program beginning Fall 2019. Candidates should ideally have the following qualifications: M.A. required, PhD desirable with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics or Foreign Language […]