Kenneth R. Berthel

Dr. Kenneth Berthel

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Department of Modern Languages


Academic History

B.A., University of California, Riverside
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Kenneth Berthel earned a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010. He offers a broad array of courses on topics in Chinese literature, culture, and language, including a year-long survey of the Chinese literary tradition, Chinese Culture and Civilization, Classical (Literary) Chinese, and an annual offering in Chinese Cinema, which looks at the development of the cinematic traditions of Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. To date, Professor Berthel's research has primarily focused on philosophies of music and language in early pre-modern texts, but his academic interests are eclectic enough to have him engaged in a number of disparate scholarly projects at any given time. He enjoys taking students off campus for cultural experiences, with recent trips to The Japanese American National Museum, The Chinese American Museum, a walking tour of Chinatown Los Angeles, Monterey Park for a dim sum lunch, Rosemead for knife-cut noodles in the Shanxi style, and The Bowers Museum.