The Director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition is Dr. John Zemke. He began his study of verbal arts with his training in medieval Spanish literature under Samuel G. Armistead. He teaches courses on Hispanic Oral Traditions, History of the Spanish Language, and medieval Spanish Literature at the University of Missouri. His 2004 book entitled Mose ben Barukh Almosnino. Regimiento de la vida y Tratado de los suenyos (Salonika, 1564) reflects interest in restoring Spanish language documents in Hebrew characters to the historical record.