Modern Languages and Cultures Core Faculty

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SPANISH

 Dr. Ivette Romero, Professor of Spanish

Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures Department/Director of World Film Program/ 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 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 First Year Seminars/Director of the Weiss Language Center

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 of Internships in Spanish

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

Interests: Early Modern and Colonial Latin American Literature; Theories of Race, Gender, Cultural Difference; Postcolonial Theory, Ecological Criticisms.

Courses Taught: SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II, SPAN 106: Intermediate Spanish, SPAN 201-202: Spanish Composition and Conversation I and II, SPAN 260: Cultures of Latin America, SPAN 330: Themes in Spanish Cinema, SPAN 335: Themes in Latin American Cinema, SPAN 410: Spanish Composition I, 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, SPAN 477: Capping.

FRENCH

Dr. Claire Keith, Associate Professor of French

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. Lisa Downward, Assistant Professor of Italian

Coordinator of Italian Studies

Research interests: Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture; The European Bildungsroman; Gender Studies; Italian American Studies; The Immigrant Experience; Hybrid Identities. 

 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, HONR 324 Seminar: The Making of Italians. 

Affiliated Faculty

Spanish

Prof. Patricia Macera (SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II, SPAN 201: Spanish Composition and Conversation I.)

Prof. Howard Fink (SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II)

Prof. Angelo Targia (SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II, SPAN 105-106: Intermediate Spanish I and II)

Prof. Benedicta Nieves (SPAN 101-102: Elementary Spanish I and II)

French

Prof. Maria Suttner (All levels.)

Italian

Prof. Silvia Nencetti, visiting for spring 2014 from Lorenzo de Medici in Florence (ITAL 201)

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)

Prof. Angelo Targia (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. Martha von der Gathen (All levels.)

JAPANESE

Prof. Jacki Imai (All levels.)

LATIN

Dr. John White, Assistant Professor of History (All levels.)

 

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