Lorie A. Vanchena, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2078
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Bailey Hall
Room 313

Academic Director of European Studies

GIST 698: Capstone


I teach courses on German-language literature and culture, the German transatlantic experience, and contemporary German-speaking Europe

Teaching Interests

  • German-language literature
  • Culture of German-speaking Europe
  • Transatlantic
  • German-American
  • Contemporary German-speaking Europe


My research focuses on poetry written by immigrants in the U.S. in response to WWI; German ethnic culture in America, cultural transfer and transformation, cultural identity; Reinhold Solger; and 19th-century German political literature, nationalism, and national identity.

Research Interests

  • World War I
  • Immigrants
  • Poetry
  • 19th-century German culture in America
  • Cultural transfer
  • Cultural identity
  • Immigrant identity
  • Reinhold Solger
  • 19th-century
  • Political literature
  • Nationalism: national identity


I serve as Academic Director of the European Studies Program, which is coordinating KU's WWI Centennial Commemoration 2014-2018. I also serve as Academic Director of the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.

Selected Publications

Vancheva, L. A. (2012). Reading German Culture, 1789-1918: Distant Readings/Descriptive Turns, Washington University in St. Louis. JLT - Journal of Literary Theory(2012) 10. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. http://www.JLTonline.de

Vanchena, L. A. (2011). Transatlantische Interpretationen des Amerikaerlebens: Reinhold Solger's Anton in Amerika. In A. Ritter (Ed.), Amerika im europäischen Roman um 1850. Varianten transatlantischer Erfahrung (pp. 237-50). Vienna: Praesens Verlag. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/11523

Solger, R. (2006). Anton in America: A Novel from German-American Life (L. A Vanchena & W. Sollors). Vol. 3 of New Directions in German-American Studies. 3 New York: Peter Lang. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/12472

Vanchena, L. A. (2005). From Domestic Farce to Abolitionist Satire: Reinhold Solger's Reframing of the Union (1860). In L. Tatlock & M. Erlin (Eds.), German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation, Transformation (pp. 289-316). Rochester, NY: Camden House. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/11512

Vanchena, L. A. (2000). North American Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature 26. Political Poetry in Periodicals and the Shaping of German National Consciousness in the Nineteenth Century (J. L. Sammons, Ed., Vol. 26). New York: Peter Lang. 290. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/12463

Selected Presentations

& Crist, A. . The WWI Immigrant Poetry Digital Humanities Project. Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar. Lawrence, KS

Vanchena, L. A. (09/30/2011). A Transnational Perspective: Germans Fighting for the Union and German National Identity. German Studies Association Annual Conference. Louisville, KY

Vanchena, L. A. (04/30/2011). Solger, Freiligrath, Schiller: Transatlantic Cultural Transfer. Hall Center for the Humanities, Early Modern Seminar and Modernities Seminar, University of Kansas. Hall Center for the Humanities

Selected Grants

, , Dean's Award for Exceptional Student Mentoring, Research Excellence Initiative, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Vanchena, Lorie A, (Principal), Seed Grant, KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, $14,929, Submitted 12/01/2014 (05/01/2015 - 05/31/2016) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Vanchena, Lorie A., General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas, $5,888, - 12/31/2009) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Vanchena, Lorie A., Revisitation Research Grant for Faculty, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdiens), - 12/31/2007) . Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

Vanchena, Lorie A., Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, $1,000, - 03/31/2005) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

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