Jan Louis Perkowski

Slavic languages and literatures educator

Born Dec. 29, 1936, Perth Amboy (NJ), U.S.; son of John and Veda (Ferencevic); married Liliana (Daskalova); children: Matthew, Kristin, Andrew.

Education: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), 1959, Master of Arts (A.M.), 1960, Ph.D., 1965, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA).

Career: teaching fellow, Harvard University, 1960-63; assistant prof., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1964-65; associate prof., University of Texas, Austin, 1965-74; prof., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1974 -.

Author: A Kashubian Idiolect in the United States, 1969; Vampires, Dwarfs and Witches Among The Ontario Kashubs, 1972; Vampires of the Slavs, 1976; Gusle and Ganga Among The Hercegovinians of Toronto, 1978; The Darkling - A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism, 1989.

Member of: AAT-SEEL (president, Texas chapter, 1966-68); founding member, American Council of Teachers of Russian, 1975-78; International Advisory Committee of the Center for Applied Linguistics, 1977-83; board directors member, Council on International Educational Exchange, 1985-89.

Honors: over 30 fellowships and grants, i.a. from: Ford Foundation, Harvard University, Kosciuszko Foundation, National Defense Education Act, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), U.S. Office of Education.

Languages: English, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, German, Polish, Czech, French, Bulgarian, Romanian.

Home: PO Box 3636, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation,
New York, NY, 1996.