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

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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