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Guntis Šmidchens

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


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
  • Baltic Cultures
  • The Baltic States and Scandinavia
  • Baltic States since 1991
  • Introduction to Folklore Studies
  • Folk Narrative
  • Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian Languages


Selected Research

Courses Taught

Additional Courses

(Autumn 2017): SCAND 543: Folk Narrative


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

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