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Modern Languages and Cultures Department

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Faculty

Spanish

Dr. Ivette Romero, Professor of Spanish

  • Coordinator for Marist Abroad Programs/ Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program
  • Research Interests: Comparative Caribbean Literature and Visual Arts; Latin American Literature and Cinema; Francophone Literature and Cinema; Cultural Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Courses Taught: SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II, SPAN 201-202: Spanish Composition and Conversation I and II, SPAN 260: Cultures of Latin America, SPAN 335: Themes in Latin American Cinema, SPAN 360: Spanish Composition and Conversation, SPAN 370: Latin American Women Writers, SPAN 433: Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean, SPAN 477: Capping.

Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Associate Professor of Spanish

  • Director of the Weiss Language Center/ Coordinator of Adolescent Education in Languages Program/ Advisor Spanish Honor Society
  • Research Interests: Computer-Assisted Language Learning; Mobile Learning; World Languages 21st Century Skills; Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture; Postmodern Spaces.
  • Courses Taught: SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II, SPAN201: Composition and Conversation I, SPAN 281: Spanish Conversation and Culture, SPAN 250: Cultures of Spain, SPAN315: The Experience of Hispanic Literature, SPAN 325: Spanish in a Digital Age, SPAN 330: Themes in Spanish Cinema, SPAN 422: Contemporary Spanish Literature, HONR 324 Seminar: Don Quixote and his Legacy, SPAN 477: Capping.

Prof. Irma Blanco Casey, Assistant Professor of Spanish

  • Coordinator for the Bilingual Teaching - Teaching English as a Secondary Language (TSL) Program
  • Research Interests: Translation; Bilingualism; Hispanics in the US.
  • Courses Taught: SPAN 210-211: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II, SPAN 270: Cultures of Hispanics in the US, SPAN 315: Experiences in Hispanic Literature, SPAN 415: Spanish Translation Techniques (ICONS), SPAN 393: Literature ofHispanics in the US, SPAN 392: Cinema of Hispanics in the US, EDUC 140: Introduction to Bilingual Education/TESL, HNRS 32o Seminar: The Literature, Film, and Culture of Hispanics in the US.

Dr. Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Assistant Professor of Spanish

  • Co-chair of Marist Diversity Council/Coordinator of Spanish Internships/Co-director of World Film Program/Advisor ARCO Student Club
  • Interests: Early Modern and Colonial Latin American Literature; Theories of Race, Gender, Cultural Difference; Postcolonial Theory, Ecological Criticisms.
  • Courses Taught: All language levels.  SPAN 260: Cultures of Latin America, SPAN 330: Themes in Spanish Cinema, SPAN 335: Themes in Latin American Cinema,  SPAN 425: Literature of the Golden Age, HONR 324 Seminar: Cannibals and Amazons: The Invention of the Americas, FYS 101: Cannibals and Zombies of the Caribbean, FYS 101: Empire, Race, and Sexuality in Colonial Latin America, FYS: Decolonizing Latin America,  SPAN 477: Capping.

French

Dr. Claire Keith, Associate Professor of French

  • Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures Department/ Coordinator of French Studies/Coordinator of Global Studies 
  • Research Interests:Relation between Literature and Historiography; Theory & Pedagogy of Globalization; French Cultural Studies; All aspects of travel literature; Ecocriticism; Technology in Modern Languages & Cultures pedagogy.
  • Courses Taught: FREN 201 Workshop in Writing, FREN 202 Workshop in Oral Expression, FREN 250: French Culture and Thought, FREN 251: Contemporary France, FREN 305: French Film & Literature; FREN 310: Advanced Grammar & Composition, FREN 315: French Literature of Africa & Caribbean, FREN 440: French for Current Affairs, FREN 477: Senior Thesis, GBST 103: Introduction to Global Studies, GBST 301: Global Studies Seminar, GBST 389: Working in a Multilingual World.

Italian

Dr. Marina (Maureen) Melita, Lecturer of Italian

  • Coordinator of Italian Studies/Co-director of World Film Program
  • Research interests: Italian Theatre and Women’s Literature; Living Learning Communities, Italian and Sicilian Cinema, Food and Culture, Second Language Acquisition in Students with Learning Disabilities; Digital Language Learning.
  • Courses Taught: ITAL 101-102: Elementary Italian I and II, ITAL 105-106: Intermediate Italian I and II, ITAL 201: Advanced Italian I, ITAL 250: Civilizations of Italy, ITAL 281: Italian for Conversation, ITAL 282: Advanced Reading and Composition, ITAL 307: Contemporary Italian Literature, ITAL 308: Italian Cinema.

Affiliated Faculty

Spanish

  • Prof. Patricia Macera (SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II, SPAN 201: Spanish Composition and Conversation I.)
  • Prof. Angelo Targia (SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II, SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II)
  • Prof. Augusto Hatchoun (SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II, SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II)
  • Prof. Brent Sverdloff (SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II, SPAN 201: Spanish Composition and Conversation I.)
  • Prof. Telma Koch (SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II, SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II)

French

  • Prof. Maria Suttner (All levels.)

Italian

  • Prof. Pasquale Delli Carpini (ITAL 101-102: Elementary Italian I and II, ITAL 105-106: Intermediate Italian I and II)
  • Prof. Ester Fallon (ITAL 101-102: Elementary Italian I and II, ITAL 105-106: Intermediate Italian I and II)

Arabic

  • Prof. Noura Hajjaj (All levels.)

Chinese

  • Prof. Su-Wan Chien (All levels.)

German

  • Prof. Heidemarie E. Mueller (All levels.)

Japanese

  • Prof. Jacki Imai (All levels.)