Catherine Rudin
Modern Languages, Linguistics


Catherine Rudin


Catherine Rudin teaches linguistics, languages (currently Spanish and German), foreign language methods, dance, and related subjects at Wayne State College. She grew up in Wisconsin and received her B.A. in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her graduate degrees, M.A. in linguistics and PhD in linguistics with a Slavic studies minor, are from Indiana University, Bloomington. Before coming to Wayne, she taught linguistics at the University of Wisconsin and at Miami University. She has also taught Bulgarian language several times in intensive summer language programs at George Mason University and Indiana University, and has participated as an instructor in University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Indigenous Roots program for Native American teachers.


Catherine's main scholarly interests are in the syntax (formal analysis of sentence structures) of Slavic and Balkan languages, especially Bulgarian, and Siouan languages, especially Omaha-Ponca. Current projects include (1) an online dictionary of Omaha and Ponca (with Mark Awakuni-Swetland) (2) a study of universal concessive conditional clauses in Slavic languages, (3) a translation of a history of Bulgarian dance.


She is chair of the Slavic Linguistics Society and an active member of several other professional organizations, including the Linguistic Society of America, the Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, and the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. In addition, she serves as the associate editor for syntax of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics. Catherine is also an avid international folk dancer and performs and teaches Balkan singing and East European music and dance.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 25-March 26

Teresa T. Schmidt, Drawing/Painting:

"The Line Defines"

Opening Reception

Feb. 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nordstrand Gallery

Artist's Talk

Gardner Auditorium,

3:45-4:15 p.m.


March 24

Guest Artist Recital:

Matthew Driscoll, trombone, and

Abbie Brewer, piano

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


March 27

WSC Theatre Program Presents:

Bat Boy: The Musical

Black Box Theatre, 7 p.m.


March 28

Brittney Pfund, flute, and

Alec Nielsen, trombone

Ley Theatre, 1:00 p.m.


March 28

Miranda Musgrave, piano

Ley Theatre, 3:30 p.m.


March 28

WSC Theatre Program Presents:

Bat Boy: The Musical

Black Box Theatre, 7 p.m.

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