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Jeffrey Turco

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Promoted to Associate Professor
School of Languages and Cultures

Jeffrey Turco received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in German studies from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in German and philosophy from Connecticut College. He teaches German in the School of Languages and Cultures, as well as religious studies, comparative literature, and medieval and renaissance studies.

A Purdue faculty member since 2010, Turco is a three-time Fulbright grantee, having been awarded teaching and research fellowships to Germany (1996 and 2013) and Iceland (2007). He is also a faculty fellow in the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program.

Turco’s scholarship examines questions of religious conflict, conversion, and co-existence, particularly at the intersection of the Germanic cultures of Europe and medieval Christianity. His interests include the secular afterlife of religious traditions in 19th and 20th Century literature, film, and art.

He edited the book, New Norse Studies: Essays on the Literature and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia (Cornell, 2015), a collection of 12 original essays engaging aspects of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. Turco has also published a number of journal articles and reviews on medieval German, Old Norse, and Italian literature.