- Fulbright Award (2004)
Steven Franks is a professor of linguistics and professor of Slavic and east European languages and cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. He also serves as adjunct professor of speech and hearing sciences. Franks joined IU's faculty as an assistant professor of linguistics and Slavic languages and literatures in 1987. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Department of Linguistics from 1998 to 2004 and director of graduate studies in linguistics in 2004 as well as director of graduate studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2008 to 2011 and chair of the department from 2008 to 2012. He has held visiting faculty or research appointments at a number of universities including the University of Edinburgh, University of Zagreb, the University of Connecticut, Princeton University, and John Hopkins. Prior to joining IU, Franks served as a language analyst for the National Security Agency from 1984 to 1987. His research interests focus on comparative Slavic morphosyntax and syntactic theory. He received his A.B. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Princeton University in 1977, his M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1985.
In 2004, Franks served as a Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Venice in Italy. He is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Slavic Linguistics and founded the Slavic Linguistics Society in 2005. Franks received the Faculty Mentor of the Year award from the Slavic department at IU in 2006-2007 and 2012-2013.