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Dr. Robert J Jenkins

Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Assistant Professor of European Union Center
Assistant Professor of Center for Translation Studies

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    3127 FLB
  • Office Hours:
    • FA18: W 2-4pm, and by appt.
  • Telephone: 217-300-2678
  • Email:


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Distinctions / Awards

  • LAS Academic Professional Award


Robert Jenkins is Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Robert regularly teaches courses in literature, culture, translation, and Austro-German cultural influence in the European Union. In addition, he advises German language students in the Illinois exchange program with Vienna.

His research interests broadly include late 19th, 20th, and 21st century German and Austrian literature, specifically Expressionism, New Objectivity, and Avant-garde literary forms. Additional interests include literary translation and translation theory, philosophy of language, cognitive-semiotic approaches to literature, humor, urban-modernism, media studies and audiovisual translation, and concepts of masculinity as circumscribed by popular violence.

Courses Taught