Guntis Šmidchens

Kazickas Family Endowed Professor in Baltic Studies; Associate Professor of Baltic Studies; Head, Baltic Studies Program
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Raitt 305 R


Ph.D. Indiana University, 1996

Guntis Šmidchens has research interests in Baltic Studies; Baltic Languages and Cultures; Folklore; Russian Folklore; Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian languages and literatures.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Slavic, Executive Board member at the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and past President of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS).


  • Baltic History (Scand 454/HSTEU 454)
  • Baltic Cultures (Scand 345/JSISA 345)
  • Baltic Politics and Society Today (Scand 455/JSISA 455)
  • The Baltic States and Scandinavia (Scand 344/JSIS A 344)
  • Introduction to Scandinavia (Scand 100)
  • Introduction to Folklore Studies (Scand 230/C Lit 230)
  • Folk Narrative (Scand 331/C Lit 331)
  • Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian Languages


Selected Research

Courses Taught

Autumn 2024

Spring 2024

Winter 2024

Autumn 2023

Summer 2023

Spring 2023

Winter 2023

Autumn 2022

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Autumn 2021

Summer 2021

Winter 2021

Additional Courses

(Autumn 2017): SCAND 543: Folk Narrative


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Professional Affiliations
Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

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