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Renee Perelmutter

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Jewish Studies
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2127
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Bailey Hall
Room 320G

Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture


Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California

B.A., Linguistics, Hebrew University

Teaching Interests

  • Jewish languages
  • Yiddish
  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Folklore


Though my graduate work focused on morphosyntax, I am increasingly involved in pragmatics and sociolinguistics research. I am especially interested in the ways that the considerations of facework, identity, and power interact with grammar. My interests in folklore and cultural history inform my pragmatics and sociolinguistics work. Recently I have written on reported speech and impoliteness, both in contemporary and historical perspectives, and am currently writing a monograph on Russian women’s discourse online. My languages are Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Research Interests

  • Morphosyntax
  • Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Languages in contact
  • Slavic
  • Russian
  • Yiddish
  • Hebrew
  • Multilingualisms
  • Gender

Selected Publications

Perelmutter, R. (2013). The Founding Fathers' flamewar: (Im)politeness and community in the Russian blogosphere.

Selected Grants

Perelmutter, Renee , Israeli Russian Online: Contesting Religious Identities through an Immigrant Vernacular, Brandeis University, $2,500, Submitted 01/31/2016 (10/01/2016 - 05/31/2017) . Other University. Status: Funded.

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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