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 23

Woodwind Ensembles

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 23

Prints and Pots: Silent Auction for WSC Art & Design Department

Geno's Steakhouse,

7:00-9:00 p.m.


April 25

Meghan Taylor, clarinet, and Ashley Oltman, saxophone

Ley Theatre, 1:00 p.m.


April 25

Jake Anderson, tuba, and Molly Schroeder, flute

Ley Theatre, 3:00 p.m.


April 26

Jed O'Leary Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert

Majestic Theatre,

6:00 p.m.


April 27

WSC Concert Choir

and Chorale

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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