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Espinoza, J. Mauricio

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature/Cultural Studies

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My areas of research are Latin American cultural studies, Central American literature, and Latino/a studies. Within Latin American studies, I concentrate on film/TV and graphic narrative (comics and graphic novels). Within Central American literature, I study poetry and migration narratives. Finally, I study issues of migration, identity formation, and visual representation of Latinos/as in U.S. popular culture.

In addition to research, I write original poetry and translate the work of Central American poets (particularly the twentieth-century Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio).

Gott, Michael R

Associate Professor of French and Director of Programming at the Center for Film and Media Studies

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My research and teaching interests include contemporary French and Francophone cultures, cinema, bande dessinée and literature, Belgian cinema, transnational European cinemas, diaspora and migration, mobility studies, and the impact of Europeanization on national and cultural identities. I teach graduate seminars on travel and identity in cinema and comic books and 20th/21st century French literature and undergraduate courses on French and Francophone road movies, French culture, representations of business, work and the economy in French cinema, and European Studies. I also studied Czech language, literature and cinema. I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the director of programming for UC's new Center for Film & Media Studies.

Gutiérrez, Carlos M

Professor and Chair

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Research: Early Modern Spanish literary field and authorial self-fashioning. Publications: La recepción de Quevedo (1645-2010), (U de Navarra, 2011); La red ciega (Lima: Hipocampo, 2008; 2nd ed., NY: Digitalia, 2011; short stories); [see reviews & articles on my creative work]; La espada, el rayo y la pluma: Quevedo y los campos literario y de poder (Purdue UP, 2005; [a review]); Dejémonos de cuentos (Valladolid, 1994; short stories); book-chapters; reviews/articles in Hispanic Review, Boletín de la Bib. Menéndez Pelayo, Cervantes, Iberoamericana, Calíope, Romance Languages AnnualPerinola, Bulletin of the Comediantes,  Etiópicas, or Espéculo. I work on a book about Cervantes and direct the Madrid Summer Program

Hartman, Janine C

Professor of History,

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Professor of

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My field is the history of ideas. Current research interests are Catulle Mendés,Parnassian poet and his role as  witness to the  Franco-Prussian war, the Commune  insurrection and fall  of Paris in 1871, as  refracted through "ruin studies." Additional fields include witchcraft, ritual in early modern society and symbolic sovereignty in French colonial history..
Affliiate: History,Judaic Studies, Women & Gender Studies

Hwu, Fenfang

Associate Professor

710B Old Chemistry Building


  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: grammar instruction, input, learner-behavior tracking, productive and receptive practice, pronunciation, research methods.
  • Second Language Acquisition: individual differences in language aptitude and personality preferences, input enhancement, pedagogical grammar, practice.
  • Spanish Linguistics: phonetics, preterite vs. imperfect.

Loveland, Jeff


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I teach courses on the French language, on French culture, and on French literary history. Drawing on frameworks from the history of science, intellectual history, and the history of the book, I also do research on encyclopedias and other topics.

Migraine-George, Thérèse

Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Thérèse Migraine-George is the author of African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics (Africa World Press, 2008), From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), a book of essays: Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d'une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas (Edilivre, 2009), and two novels: Amour de travers (Edilivre, 2010) and Envol (Edilivre, 2014). She has also published various articles and book chapters on Francophone writers, African literatures, cultures, and films, and queer studies. 

Moreno, Maria Paz

Professor of Spanish

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Prof. Moreno received her Licenciatura at the University of Alicante, Spain, and her Phd. at The Ohio State University. She works on Contemporary Spanish Poetry, Food Studies (Gastronomy and Culinary Literature), and Spanish Women Writers. She is the author of several scholarly books and critical editions, among them El culturalismo en la poesía de Juan Gil-Albert (2000), the critical edition of Juan Gil Albert, Poesía Completa (2004) and De la página al plato. El libro de cocina en España (2012). Her current research on Spanish women poets of the 1950s and 1960s forms part of a collaborative project with researchers at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.

As a poet, she has published seven books of poetry and has been included in a number of anthologies, among them Poetisas Españolas 1976-2001 (Ed. Torremozas, 2003), Mapa, Antología poética. 30 poetas valencianos en la democracia (Carena Ed, 2009), El poder del cuerpo (Ed. Castalia, 2009), and Nueva poesía alicantina (2000-2005) (IGA, 2016).

Her upcoming monograph, Madrid: A Culinary History, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017.

Perez-Simon, Andres

Associate Prof. of Spanish

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Andrés Pérez-Simón's book Drama, literatura, filosofía: Itinerarios del realismo y modernismo europeos (Madrid: Fundamentos, 2015) questions traditional historiographical accounts based on clear-cut distinction among literary and discursive genres to propose, instead, a more complex description of the converging lines among narrative, dramatic and philosophical texts in early-twentieth century Spain and Western Europe.

He is currently working on a second book-length manuscript, with the provisional title of Baroque Lorca.

He was co-editor of the digital repository New Drama in Spanish, and the volume Structuralism(s) Today: Paris, Prague, Tartu (Ottawa: Legas Presss, 2009). He has published essays on world narrative, drama, film and literary theory. Some of his latest essays are: A Personal History of the 'American Hour' of Comparative Literature: Claudio Guillén in Conversation with Harry Levin, Conceptualizing the Hollywood Biopic, La ficción difícil: la escritura memorialista de Antonio Muñoz MolinaManufacturing Authenticity: Anonymous Acting Celebrities in Atalaya’s Production of Lorca’s "The House of Bernarda Alba" (2009)Introducción a "La teoría de la Escuela de Praga", de Jirí Veltruský, The Concept of Metatheatre: A Functional Approach. He has published four book reviews: "Teoría teatral de la Escuela de Praga: de la fenomenología a la semiótica performativa" (eds. and trans. Jarmila Jandová and Emil Volek), "Archaeologies of Presence" (eds. Gabriella Giannachi, Nick Kaye, and Michael Shanks), "El pacto ambiguo: De la novela autobiográfica a la metaficción" (Manuel Alberca), and "Otra historia del formalismo ruso" (Pau Sanmartín Ortí).

Personal website:

Romero, Armando

Charles Phelps Taft Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures

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Armando Romero obtained his Ph.D. (1983) and his M.A. (1981) in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. A scholar and a writer, Professor Romero has dedicated his life to the study and practice of literature. Although he has written numerous articles on contemporary Latin American fiction, his field of concentration has been Latin America poetry. His book, Las palabras están en situación, was considered by the Colombian critics to be one of the most important books published in the XX Century on this subject. This book, and the following book, El Nadaismo o la búsqueda de una vanguardia, have been adopted as text books in Colombian universities. As an author, Professor Romero has written poetry, novels and short stories. All of them have been acclaimed by the critics. The academic journal, Hispanic Poetry Review (Texas A&M University), recently published an extensive interview on his work. Also, in the year 2004 he was invited to read his poetry at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Currently, thanks to a Taft Research Competitive Fellowship, Professor Romero is working on an ambitious project that deals with the inner life of contemporary Latin American poetry. The result of this research will be the publication of a book. Furthermore, Professor Romero is working, with the editor Luis F. Macias, from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, on an edition of his collected poems, and he is also researching for a novel dealing with the Afro-Colombian communities in the Pacific Coast of Colombia.

Urbina, Nicasio

Professor of Latin American Literature.

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Prof. Nicasio Urbina received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He works on literary criticism of contemporary Spanish American literature, with emphasis in Central American literature and culture. He has particular interest in genre theory, semiotics and narratology. He has taught seminars on the Latin American novel, the short story, Central American literature, creative writing, as well as thematic courses such as humor, myth and violence in Spanish American literature. He has published eight books of literary criticism, short stories, and poetry; and has edited eight books on different topics. Has published 91 articles of literary criticism, and 122 conferences and papers. In 2015 he received the Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Work. Personal website:

Valladares-Ruiz, Patricia

Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cinemas. Director of Graduate Studies.

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Research and Teaching Interests: Contemporary Latin American fiction and film, Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean literature, Neo-slave narratives, Politics and Aesthetics.
Theoretical interests: Cultural and Critical Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). 
Patricia Valladares-Ruiz is the author of Sexualidades disidentes en la narrativa cubana contemporánea (Tamesis, 2012), the editor of Afro-Hispanic Subjectivities (Cincinnati Romance Review, 2011), and the coeditor of El tránsito vacilante: Miradas sobre la cultura venezolana contemporánea (Rodopi, 2013).  She has also published book chapters and articles on Latin American and Caribbean literature and cinema in scholarly journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, MLN: Modern Language Notes, Revista Iberoamericana, Romance Quarterly, Hispania, La Torre, Neophilologus, Monographic ReviewInti, eHumanista: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, Cuadernos de literatura and, Letras Femeninas.
She is currently writing a book on literary dissent in the Bolivarian Revolution.
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Vialet, Michele E

Professor of French and Francophone Literatures

716 C Old Chemistry Building


I teach and do research in French and Francophone studies, especially French Classicism (comic novels; Classical theater; the Moralists; the power of laughter) and 20th- 21st century colonial and post-colonial literatures, cultures and films (Maghreb, Rwanda, exile and immigration, racism, and the representation of Africa in pictures and films). On 17th-century literature, I am the author of various articles and book chapters as well as a monograph on Le roman bourgeois (1666), an iconoclastic novel by Antoine Furetière, Triomphe de l'iconoclaste: “Le roman bourgeois” et les lois de cohérence romanesque. In Francophone studies, I have published articles on contemporary women writers, co-edited a volume on Assia Djebar, Assia Djebar: écrivaine entre deux rives (2011), and most recently a volume on Julia Kristeva, Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought (both available online at

I also enjoy teaching introduction to literary analysis, intermediate and advanced linguistic and cultural literacy. I have coauthored two intermediate and advanced college books: Bravo! [1989] (Cengage, 8th rev. ed. 2015) and À vous d’écrire: atelier de francais (McGraw-Hill, 1996).

Educator Faculty

Bryant, Carl

Educator Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Prof. Bryant's areas of study include the cultures of Hispanic countries, particularly their art and music. He is active as a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He is particularly interested in the music of Manuel de Falla and the art and life of Frida Kahlo.

Cadora, Frederic Joseph

Professor and Director, Arabic Studies and Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - 0377 Director, Middle Eastern Studies and Certificate

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Professor Frederic Cadora’s academic activities involve research and teaching in anthropological and socio-historical Arabic linguistics, the relationship of language to culture and the representation of cultural aspects of Arab society in literature. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars on the culture of contemporary Arab society, modern and classical Arabic literature, Arab-American society, Modern Standard Arabic at all levels, colloquial Arabic, and the history and structure of the Arabic language and its dialects. Professor Cadora is also interested in the development of collegiate educational programs in Arabic. 

Cluxton, Aida M

Instructor - Educator

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Aida Cluxton teaches Basic Intensive Spanish. She has a degree in Tourism and worked in the tourism industry in Spain before earning a second degree to teach Spanish in college. She has three passions in life: languages, traveling and learning about different cultures. She has lived in several countries before moving to the US.
Aida loves to share her experiences with students to show them the benefits of learning a foreign language and spending time abroad. She believes that study abroad should be an essential part of each student’s college education.

Gomez., Ligia

Assistant Professor Educator

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Trained as a psychologist and with a degree in fine arts from Colombia, South America, Ligia worked for six years in a  health care as an educator and health advocate with the Hispanic population in Cincinnati prior to becoming a full time faculty in the Romance Languages and Literature Department. Ligia serves as a liaison with many different organizations in the community.  She is  currently involved with several professional groups that work to improve the living conditions of the Hispanic/Latino population. Presently she is Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and a founding member of the Latino Health Collaborative. Her particular areas of interest at the University include Service Learning and Spanish for Health and Social Services. Ligia's continued involvement in the local Health Care community helps her to provide the students with access to many different relevant experiences related to this undeserved population. Ligia is the Director of  Certificate of Spanish for Service Learning in Social Work and Health Care Services and have been involved in the new Medical Spanish/Latino Health Elective at The school of medicine.

Jezequel, Anne-Marie

Educator Associate Professor

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Anne-Marie Jézéquel, PhD in Romances Languages and Literatures (2006) 
Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques (2014)
Specialized in 20th century French and Quebec Literature, published articles on French writers such as Jean Rouaud and Marie Nimier. Author of Louise Dupré, le Québec au féminin” (2008), the first study on the corpus of the literary work of Louise Dupré, poet, novelist, dramaturge from Montreal.
Teaching all levels of proficiency wih emphasis on topics pertaining to French and francophone culture such as Business, Theatre, Fashion and Gastronomy.

Study tours and international professional experiences in France, Canada and the French West Indies.
Study abroad University led Program in Caen, Normandy (France)  
"Discover Caen & Normandy", June 10-July 23 /2016
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Kowalski, Cristina

Educator Associate Professor

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Lopez-Ortega, Nuria Rocio

Educator Associate Professor

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 Basic Intensive Spanish Coordinator; teaching assistants' supervisor.  Areas of teaching: Spanish language (all levels) and Spanish Linguistics. Areas of academic interest:  Spanish Linguistics; Second Language Learning and SLA; Pedagogy; Teacher Training; Study Abroad.
Academic-related activities: writing collaborator and consultant for major foreign  language  publishing companies;  dual-enrollment Spanish program mentor with local high schools; Spanish AP reader.

Lorenz, Kathryn M.

Educator Professor

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Kathryn Lorenz is an Educator Professor of French in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Cincinnati.   She specializes in Medieval French Literature and also teaches a variety of courses such as Reading French for Graduate Students, Basic French language and a course on Paris.
In addition to her work at the University, Kathryn also serves on the Loveland City School District Board of Education and the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development Board of Directors.

Orlins, Danae T

Educator Assistant Professor

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Dr. Danae Orlins is the coordinator of the extended basic Spanish sequence (SPAN 1011-1014) and the 2nd year langage sequence (SPAN 2015-2016).  Her research interests include pedagogy, Early Modern narrative and undergraduate education.  She came to the University of Cincinnati after many years teaching all levels of Spanish at undergraduate liberal arts colleges, and learning and teaching language has always been close to her heart.

Rodriguez, Noris

Educator Associate Professor

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Dr. Rodriguez' extra-classroom work is primarily with the Study Abroad In Antigua, Gautemala/Spanish Immersion And Service Learning Program. The number of students participating in the six-week academic and social work program has doubled in the program's fourth year. Closer to home, when she is not teaching upper-level undergraduate Spanish composition, conversation and grammar courses, a priority for Dr. Rodriguez is making sure to be available, several days each week, for one-on-one help to any students that are encountering special obstacles.

Clark Roper, Patricia

Educator Instructor

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Patricia Clark Roper is an artist and instructor of beginning Spanish classes who uses Spanish and art to connect university students with elementary students in art and bilingual Spanish-English reading programs with the Princeton City Schools. She also donates paintings to raise funds for various local and international causes. In addition, she has worked with UC student volunteers in Service Learning classes who serve as interpreters at Lions Club diabetes screenings for Latinos.

Sinclair, Siusan Victoria

Associate Educator Professor

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I teach undergraduate courses relating to Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language and have a strong interest in Service Learning and in Study Abroad. For the past eight years I have been the co-organizer and leader of the department's Spring Break Service Learning Course in Guatemala. This course allows the students to  learn about Guatemala and its culture through building houses for disadvantaged families.

Thome, Grace

Assistant Professor Educator, Arabic Language Coordinator

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Grace Thome strongly believes that learning a foreign language increases global understanding. She teaches the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Grace helps her students become competent in the Arabic Language and  bridges the gap between the Arabic Culture and their own.

White, Catherine L

Associate Professor Educator and Coordinator of Basic French Program

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Associate Professor - Educator and Coordinator of Basic French Program.
Dr. White's primary research area is in French and Francophone cinema. She was a member of the founding committee for the first certificate in film and media studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches courses in French film to majors and minors in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and as an A&S freshman seminar in contemporary French and Francophone cinema, "France Goes To The Movies." She publishes, presents and organizes panels on French and Francophone film. Her interest in film as an artifact of social relevance as well as through the field of film studies, combines with students' love of and fascination with international cinema, French and francophone cultures and language.

As Coordinator of the basic French program, Dr. White trains and supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants in French, prepares testing and other pedagogical materials and synchronizes extracurricular tutorials and activities for basic French students. She is happy that French and Francophone films also play an important role in the Basic French Curriculum.


Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati, 2003
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Cincinnati, 1999
M.A. in French Literature, University of Cincinnati, 1998
B.A. in French and Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1978

Dissertation title: "The Influence of Religious Faith on Christine de Pizan's Defense of Women"

Current areas of teaching and research: Foreign language acquisition; French and Francophone film studies. 

Other Work Experience: Three years in advertising, Paris and New York.
Ten years in theatre, New York City.


Adjunct Faculty

Almassalkhi, Emad

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Amidou, Ibrahim

Adjunct Assistant Professor of French

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French / Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Civilizations, Basic French language and culture, French pronunciation, Francophone African cultures and literatures, social, political, economic and historical analysis of Africa, modern African literature, French and Francophone films, French/English Translation, English composition.

Celaya, Beatriz

Asst Professor - Educator

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Dr. Beatriz Celaya has taught in the U.S.A., Canada, Jordan, and Ghana (Yarmouk University, Washington University in Saint Louis, Concordia University, University of Central Florida, Miami University of Ohio, and University of Ghana). Her research and teaching areas of specialization are Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature and Culture, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Migration and Race to Europe, and Equatoguinean Literature.
She has published a first book, Sexualidad femenina en la novela y cultura española, 1900-1936 (2006), and she is currently working on the second one, which analyzes political novels in current Spain. She has also published a book chapter, and several  academic articles in journals such as Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Arenal, Modern Language Notes, Romance Quarterly, Dieciocho, or Afro-Hispanic Review.

Elayyadi, Mohamed

Instructor, Arabic Language and Culture

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Fox, Anne-Marie Julia

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Ivantcheva-Merjanska, Irene Ivanova

Asst Professor - Educator

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Educator Assistant Professor and  French Coordinator

Krieg, Eva V.

Associate Professor Adjunct

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Professor Eva V. Krieg's background is in Psychology (PhD. from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon., and in Education (PhD. from the National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru.
Her research interests are in the pedagogical language teaching of foreign languages and psychology using collaborative metholology and computerize teaching and its effects in motivation and learning. Her other area of interest is in educational neuroscience research (brain function) in monolingual and bilingual students (Spanish-English) and its application to education.

Lardas, Constance R.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Mas, Federico Jose

Instructor - Adj


McLaughlin, David James

Asst Professor Adj


Miller, Joyce A

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Master in Italian Studies, The Ohio State University. Second language acquisition, CELTA certification. Study abroad program coordinator, Florence and Rome. Advisor, Italian Club.  Editorial assistant, the Cincinnati Review.

Molina-Moreno, Ruth

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Mouries, Thomas

Instructor - Adj

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Perrotta, Mariateresa

Instructor - Adj

721 Old Chemistry Building


Ramos Montes, Manuel I


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Manuel R. Montes (Zacatecas, México, 1981). Author of five books of fiction and one literary essay, he achieved a Ph.D. degree in Romance Languages and Literatures after defending a dissertation on the writer as a fictional character within the Spanish language novel tradition.

Rios-Baker, Antonella

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Basic Intensive and Extensive Spanish instructor. She has a M.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Cincinnati. Her fields of concentration are language, literature and theatre. She worked as a Drama teacher for fourteen years in her native Puerto Rico, where she also founded and directed the First Children Theatre Company.  Currently, she is the advisor and artistic director for Club de Teatro Los Romanceros at the RLL department.

Totten, Kenneth C.

Instructor - Adj Ann

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Affiliate Faculty

Campos, Isaac

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

320D McMicken Hall


Professor Campos teaches Latin American history. His main expertise is in modern Mexico and the history of illicit drugs. He is generally fascinated by the history of ideas, culture, and transnational phenomena. These interests are reflected in his book, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012), which examines the development of marijuana's reputation for causing madness and violence in Mexico from the sixteenth century down to its nationwide prohibition in 1920. In the process, the book chronicles the development of prohibitionist approaches to drug use in Mexico and the origins of drug-war policies in that country. It also demonstrates how Mexican ideas of "reefer madness" deeply influenced how people came to understand this drug in the United States. He is currently at work on a history of illicit drugs in Mexico and greater North America between 1912 and 1940. Professor Campos has also worked for the National Security Archive where he did research on Mexico’s “dirty war” of the 1970s, Cuban-Mexican relations, and the War on Drugs since 1969. He teaches a variety of classes, from introductory surveys to graduate seminars.

Casanova, Erynn Masi de

Interim Director of the Kunz Center for Social Research, Associate Professor (PhD, City University of New York)

1015 Crosley Tower


Gender; Race/Ethnicity; Work; Family; the Body; Popular Culture; Globalization/Development; Latin American societies; U.S. Latinos/as; Ethnography and qualitative research methods.

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Jackson, Sarah

Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head

464 Braunstein Hall


Sarah Jackson is an anthropological archaeologist with a research focus on ancient Mesoamerica, and particularly Classic Maya culture. She received the PhD from Harvard University in 2005, and held positions at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Toronto before joining the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati in 2008. 

Broad thematic interests include: materiality (including the ways in which the material world is used to mediate social interactions and identities, and culturally-based visions of the material world), investigations into ancient identities, indigenous political organization, and negotiation of culture change.  Methodologically, she works at the intersection of text and the material record.

Her doctoral work looked at the Late Classic Maya royal court as a critical political institution for disseminating shifting cultural ideals and responding strategically to changing pressures of the Late Classic era; as part of this research, she conducted excavations at the Maya sites of Piedras Negras and Cancuen in Guatemala, and also analyzed Classic-era hieroglyphic texts and historical linguistic information from the early Colonial era. This research is discussed in detail in her first book, "Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period" (University of Oklahoma Press), which was published in 2013.  

She is continuing investigations of power production and the role of central and secondary political centers in the Late Classic through excavations at the site of Say Kah, just outside of La Milpa, Belize, where she excavated in Summer 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2017 together with Dr. Linda Brown (George Washington University, project co-director) and graduate and undergraduate students from UC and GWU, with funding from Wenner-Gren, National Geographic Society/Waitt, National Geographic Society (CRE), the American Philosophical Society, and the Taft Research Center (University of Cincinnati). 

Dr. Jackson is now focused on theoretical topics related to materiality and material culture.  She is working on reconstructing aspects of a Classic Maya material worldview (i.e., how they understood and saw the materials around them, including the capabilities and identities of objects) using data from hieroglyphic and iconographic sources; this work has an applied aspect, in that she is investigating how an understanding of indigenous material perspectives might impact and transform archaeological field practices.  These topics, along with an innovative digital field recording system that unites archaeological and Maya views on material culture, are also explored in the field at Say Kah.  Recent publications on these topics have appeared in The Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2016) and Advances in Archaeological Practice (2016).

Her fall 2017 office hours are: Mondays 2:20-3:20 pm; Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, or by appointment.

PDFs of publications available at:


Jacquez, Farrah

Associate Professor

4150H EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Research program focused on partnering with communities to develop interventions to promote health equity. Current community partnerships are with Latino immigrant communities. Current projects target health care access & quality, infant mortality, and mental health. Courses Dr. Jacquez teaches include Community Psychology (graduate level) and Community Capstone (undergraduate level).

Katz, Ethan

Assistant Professor

McMicken Hall


Dr. Ethan Katz was educated at Amherst College and the University of Wisconsin.  He is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with specialties in the history of modern France and its empire and modern Jewish history.  Professor Katz regularly teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level on modern Europe, the Mediterranean, Jewish history, Jews and Muslims, religion in the modern world, modern France and its empire, and historical methodologies.

In the broadest terms, Professor Katz's research has sought to understand how global, national, and local factors have shaped the identities and relationships of various people, particularly Jews and Muslims in modern Europe and the Mediterranean.  His first book is a history of Jewish-Muslim relations in France since World War I, entitled The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France, published in 2015 by Harvard University Press.  The book was the winner of a 2015 National Jewish Book Award given by the Jewish Book Council and of the 2016 David H. Pinkney Prize for the best book in French history awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies.  Professor Katz is also the co-editor of Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) and Colonialism and the Jews, forthcoming from Indiana University Press.  He is now in the early stages of a new project provisionally entitled Freeing the Empire: The Jewish Uprising That Helped the Allies Win the War.  This book will chronicle the fascinating yet little-known story of an uprising in Algiers from 1940 to 1943 that proved vital to the success of Operation Torch.  The work seeks to reassess issues such as the meaning of the choice to resist and the complex relationship between colonialism and the Holocaust.  Professor Katz has received multiple grants to begin work on this project during the 2016-2017 academic year, when he will be on-leave. 

Leavitt-Alcántara, Brianna N.

Assistant Professor

McMicken Hall


Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara teaches Latin American History, specializing in the colonial period. Her research focuses on gender and religion in colonial and nineteenth-century Central America. Her book, Alone at the Altar: Single Women and Devotion in Guatemala, 1670-1870, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. This project considers how non-elite single women forged complex alliances with the Catholic Church in Guatemala's colonial capital, and how those alliances significantly shaped local religion and the spiritual economy, late colonial reform efforts, and post-Independence politics. She teaches survey courses on colonial Latin America as well as upper division courses on topics such as gender, religion, the Spanish Inquisition, race, and urban societies in Latin America. 

Lind, Amy C

Mary Ellen Heintz Professor & Dept. Head

3428E French Hall


Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Professor and Head of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a Faculty Affiliate in Sociology, Romance Languages & Literatures, and the School of Planning. Her areas of scholarship and teaching include critical development studies, global political economy, postcolonial studies, queer theory, transnational feminisms, social movements, and studies of neoliberal governance. She is the author of Gendered Paradoxes: Women’s Movements, State Restructuring, and Global Development in Ecuador (Penn State University Press, 2005), and editor of four volumes, including Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance (Routledge, 2010) and Feminist (Im)mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenships and Identities in Transnational Perspective (Ashgate Publishing, 2013, co-edited with Anne Sisson Runyan, Patricia McDermott and Marianne Marchand). Her new book, From Nation to Plurination: Resignifying State, Economy and Family in Ecuador (with Christine Keating), addresses the cultural, economic, and affective politics of Ecuador's postneoliberal Citizen Revolution. She has held distinguished visiting professor positions in Ecuador, Bolivia and Switzerland and has delivered over fifty invited lectures at institutions around the world.

See her UC Taft Research Center Foreign Correspondent interview here

Maglo, Koffi N.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

259C McMicken Hall


Koffi N. Maglo received his BA degree from the University of Lomé in Togo. After obtaining MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Burgundy in France, he did postdoctoral studies at Virginia Tech in the US. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, (2003-5). His interests include philosophy of biology and biomedicine, ethics and population health, philosophy of science, history of 17thand 18thcentury physics, African philosophy.
In the area of philosophy of biology and biomedicine, his work focuses on the ontological and epistemic status of population stratification concepts in genomics and evidence-based medicine, and on theoretical and ethical issues in personalized medicine. He currently leads collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on ethics and obesity research, and on race-based therapy.  He has previously organized in April 2007 an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Cincinnati on “Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine: The Science and its Applications.”
Koffi Maglo published also on the structure and developments of Newtonian mechanics and its reception across European scientific institutions. His publications include essays in recent French philosophy of science and on the French Enlightenment. At a more theoretical level, his research in the history of physics and in the philosophy of biology deals with questions about the reality, validity and utility of scientific notions.

Rodriguez, Leila

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

450 Braunstein Hall


I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer who researches the relationship between socioeconomic inequalitites and international migration, from the perspectives of both sending and receiving communities. 

I also study the use of cultural expert witnesses in legal proceedings in the U.S. and Latin America as a mechanism for improving minority populations' access to justice. 

Ultimately, my goal is but a single one: to contribute, through sound empirical and ethnographic research, to a better understanding and management of international migration and cultural diversity.

Regional interests: Latin America, Africa, U.S.

Voelker-Ferrier, Margaret

Professor Emerita

6415 Aronoff Center


Margaret Voelker-Ferrier is working steadily toward recognition for DAAP's outstanding Fashion Design Program, and ever striving to increase its excellence. In the past five years she has seen some of these goals realized - the addition of a Product Development track within Fashion Design, a world class professional fashion show, companies competing for our graduates, and a complement of faculty.

Williamson, Rebecca

MSArch and PhD Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

7280B Daa Addition


Rebecca Williamson coordinates the MS and PhD Programs in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. A registered architect with experience in practice in Switzerland and New York (offices of Santiago Calatrava, Sergio Calori, John Petrarca, and Livio Vacchini), she received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on political and architectural designs in 18th c. Italy. She has since taught, published, and presented internationally.
Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati in fall 2006, she taught for five years in France at the Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles as part of an exchange with the University of Illinois and at the Master of Urbanism Program of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris ("Sciences-Po"). She initiated and coordinates an exchange between the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris and the University of Cincinnati and is involved in numerous other international initiatives including an exchange with the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, also in Paris.
She has taught architectural theory, history of cities, and topical seminars as well as undergraduate and graduate studios. These studios have investigated underserved neighborhoods and atypical urban sites such as Cincinnati's Metropolitan Sewer District. They have brought students in contact with a spectrum of residents, agencies, and institutions.
Her principal area of research is the history and theories of architecture and urbanism, including relations among form, environment, and experience. She is currently working on a study of the development of towns in Poland whose plans are based on designs by Italian architects. Among her previous publications are: "Mi punge vaghezza, ovvero i misteri del mestiere" in Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture, Ashgate, 2016; "Outside-In" in ARQ/La revue d’architecture Québec, ed. Alena Prochaska, Quebec 2014; "Les Jetsons dans la jungle" in Territoires liquides, ed. Richard Scoffier, Atelier International du Grand Paris 2013; "Mas alla de tierra y cielo / Beyond Earth and Sky" in Trans-versalidades, ed. Eduardo Rojas, Malaga, Spain, 2013; "Durisch + Nolli: Recherche impatiente / An Impatient Search," in Durisch + Nolli, ed. Heinz Wirz, Quart 2012; "Al Fresco: When Air Became Fresh," in Air, ed. John Knechtel, MIT Press  2010; and "Voices of Waste" in Speciale'Z, ed. Sony Devabhaktuni, Paris 2010.
She was research editor for Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, MIT Press 2012 and Cincinnati team leader for  Métropoles et mobilités durables à l’épreuve d’un nouveau paradigme énergétique (Sustainable Mobility and Metropolitan Areas Facing a New Energy Paradigm), a research project involving partners at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Bordeaux, France (ENSAP-Bx) and the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brasil. This project, which ended in 2014, has sparked other collaborations among the teams. A Visiting Scholar at the University of Bordeaux during 2016, Rebecca Williamson is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, a program that funds short-term collaborations at institutions around the world.

Emeriti Faculty

Arden, Heather Marlene


717F Old Chemistry Building


Heather Arden specializes in medieval French literature. She did her graduate work at New York University, where she received her doctorate in 1974. Professor Arden offers both undergraduate and graduate courses about medieval women; her course about "Medieval Fantasy, Myth, and Legend" explores women's roles in medieval romance, saints' lives, and poetry. She also teaches twentieth-century French women writers including Beauvoir, Colette, Sarraute, and Duras. Much of her scholarship focuses on the Romance of the Rose; in addition to publishing a critical study and an annotated bibliography of the Rose, she has directed two NEH summer seminars for schoolteachers on the poem. Professor Arden has presented a number of papers on the courtly romances of the Middle Ages and on the Lais of Marie de France-one of her current areas of interest. She has published articles on Christine de Pizan, including one on her poem about Joan of Arc.

Bacon, Susan M

Academic Director, Professor


Susan M. Bacon (Ph. D. Ohio State University) is Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati and former Director of UC International Programs where she promoted and supervised all education abroad for the University. In the Department of Romance Languages she served at various times as Director of the Basic Spanish Program, Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director, and Assistant Department Head. In addition to her administrative duties, she taught Spanish language and culture, teaching methodology, and second-language acquisition. Her research interests include child and adult second-language acquisition, and the processing of authentic input. She is recipient of the prestigious Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Education. She was Project Director for a four-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Mexico, and a Fulbright-Robles Scholar in Mexico. She is primary researcher for a considerable number of empirical studies, and has co-authored several elementary and intermediate-level Spanish texts including ¡Arriba!Conexiones, and Leyendas del mundo hispano, all published by Pearson-Prentice Hall. Her research for her books has taken her to 20 Spanish-speaking countries, some several times, and she remains active in academic publishing.

Carro, Edy J

Educator Associate Professor

709B Old Chemistry Building


I am a native Spanish speaker  from Cuba who actively participated in the events surrounding the Cuban revolution and the ensuing Cold War. My husband and I were responsible for saving many lives in the aftermath of the uprising. I have experience teaching language, debate, culture, curriculum, pedagodgy, literature, and business Spanish.

Giordano, Enrique A

Associate Professor of Latin American Literature, Literary Theory, Theatre, and Film Sttudies

710C Old Chemistry Building


Enrique Giordano is the author of Poesia y Poetica de Gonzalo Rojas (1987), El mapa de Amsterdam (poetry; 1984), La teatralización de la obra dramática, de Florencio Sánchez a Roberto Arlt (1982), and articles on Borges, Cortázar, García Márquez, Juan Radrigan, Griselda Gámbaro, Luis Zapata, Daniel Torres, Manuel Puig, Mario Vargas Llosa and the semiotics of theater and cinema. He is the co-author of Manuel Puig: montaje y alteridad del sujeto (1986). His poetry book El mapa de Amsterdam had a second edition at Cuarto Propio, Santiago de Chile (2005). His last book is Monologo a siete voces(narrative), published on March, 2011 by Maiten 3, Hato Rey/Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He has edited a book  with RLL graduate student and Paula Garrido, Ph.D.:Reconsideraciones de los fantàstico en la narrativa latinoamericana, published by Maitèn3 on December 2011. Last publication: El silencio de Claudio (130 pages, poetry)  at Editorial Cuarto Propio, Chile, December 2013.

Greenberg, Irwin


710B Old Chemistry Building


Jones, Lowanne Elizabeth

Associate Professor Emerita & Former Head, Romance Languages & Literatures; Former Director, School for World Languages & Cultures

714A Old Chemistry Building


O'Connor, Pat


717F Old Chemistry Building


Patricia O'Connor's research field is contemporary Spanish drama with special emphasis on the most current trends and works as well as plays by women. In 1975, she inaugurated the Spanish theater journal, Estreno, and served as editor for seventeen years. As a critic and translator, she has brought many plays to the attention of English-speaking readers through such works as Contemporary Spanish Theater: Seven New Plays (1980); Contemporary Spanish Plays: The Social Comedies (1983), Plays of Protest from the Franco Era (1981), Plays of the New Democratic Spain (1992), Antonio Buero Vallejo: Three Masterpieces (2003) and Antonio Buero Vallejo: Four Tragedies of Conscience (2008).

In 1982, one of her more than one hundred articles entitled  "Women Dramatists in Contemporary Spain and the Male‑Dominated Canon" appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in1988, her Dramaturgas españolas de hoy, the first book ever published on women playwrights in Spain, was followed by Mujeres sobre mujeres: teatro breve español/One-Act Plays by Women about Women(1998), Mito y realidad de una dramaturga española: María Martínez Sierra (2003), Mujeres sobre mujeres en los albores del Siglo XXI / One-Act Plays by Women about Women in the Early Years of the 21st Century(2006), Elena Cánovas y las Yeses: Teatro carcelario, teatro liberador (2009) and Patenting Destiny: A Tale of Two Shoes (Ventanilla de patentes) by Charo González Casas (2011) was her twentieth book.

Professor O'Connor holds a number of honorific titles: she was elected Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures in 1996, the same year  she was named "Alumna of Achievement" by her alma mater, the University of Florida. In 1982, she won UC’s Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Work and was named Distinguished Research Professor in 1990, the same year she was elected corresponding (i.e., non-Spanish) member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Language. In 2007, she was named Outstanding Graduate of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, and selected to give the banquet address honoring those named from all the departments of Arts and Sciences.


Hofferber, Steve

Program Coordinator

723 Old Chemistry Building


ML 0372/ML0377

Graduate Students

Alcantar, Stephanie

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Candidate

Stephanie Alcantar (EEUU, Mexico 1990)
Dean's Fellowship recipient 2017-2018.
Holds a BA in Applied Math from Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango, Mexico, and an MA in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati. She has published five books of poetry Los lirios contarán cuentos de hadas (2008), La incertidumbre también tuvo infancia (2009) -translated to Polish-, Teoría del Olvido (2011), Humedad de la nostalgia (2013), Coreografía del miedo (2015) and a sixth book, El orden del infinito: relectura de un tema borgiano (2013) which consist in an essay that talks about the mathematical conceptions/interpretation of four short stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Her creative writing is included in magazines and anthologies published in Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Poland, Mexico, and EEUU. Since 2012 she collaborates for the Journal La Otra. She is currently working on her Ph. D. dissertation titled “Redefining the Limits of Language and Representation. A Semiotic Study of the Use of the Mathematical Concepts Infinity, Center, and Limit in Literature.” It focuses on the study of hybrid texts, which are those that develop new meanings and unprecedented aesthetical experiences from the resignification of mathematical concepts.

Arce Mairena, Tomas Emilio

Graduate Assistant

Tomás Emilio Arce (1990)
Writer and documentary film maker. Obtained a Bachelor Degree in Philology and Communication (UNAN- Managua). One of his short story was included in the national anthology ‘’Flores de la trinchera’’ (2012) of upcoming narrators from Nicaragua. Co- director and co- scriptwriter of the shot film ‘’ Ruteados’’ (2013). Director of the short documentary ‘’ Si buscabas’’ (2014). Included in the anthology of new Centro American poetry ‘’ Flores de la Trinchera’’ (2015).  Producer of the short documentary ‘’ El laboratorio de Xiloá’’ (2015).
Romance Languages PhD student.
I have been a Spanish high school teacher for the last eight year. I hold a BA in History from the Universidad de Salamanca, a MA in Middle Age Studies from the Universidad complutense de Madrid and a MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Cincinnati. 
My current area of research is: Peninsular and Latinamerican narrative from the XXI century.

Baker, Danielle

Graduate Assistant

Danielle is a MA student of French at UC. She is a recent graduate from The Ohio State University where she studied French and International Relations. Her future career plan consists of becoming a French high school teacher. Her interests involve anything related to pedagogy, second language acquistion, instructional technology in the classroom, and modern French culture and literature.

Barrera Gutierrez, Olivia

Theatre Director and Teacher

Earned a MFA in Directing at The Theatre School, De Paul University. Has directed over 30 shows in Chicago, México DF, La Paz and Chihuahua. She has been a full time teacher for UNAM and Universidad Anahuac for over fifteen years. Currently, she is the recipient of the Patricia O´Connor Scholarship in the Romance Language Department at University of Cincinnati, where she is pursuing her PhD.

Beaudoin, Andrea

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Student

Andrea Beaudoin holds a B.A in Literary Studies and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from the National University of Colombia. She also attended literature and art courses at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, during an adcademic exchange program. In the past she has worked in the editorial field as editor assistant, copywriter, press assistant, book-marketing assistant and proofreader. She has also worked teaching literature, argumentative structures and foreign languages (French). Her main research interests are: Creative Writing, Latin American contemporary literature, Women and Gender studies, Colombian contemporary novel and Meta-fiction.


Belhafian, Sammy

Graduate Assistant

Sammy Belhafian is a MA student of French at UC. Originally, he is from Alencon, Normandy in France. He gratuated in the University of Angers with a Licence in Littérature, Langue et Civilisation en Anglais (Literature, Linguistic and Civilization in English) and a Master degree in English Civilization specialized in British Medieval History. He is currently a Teaching Assistant in the University of Cincinnati.
Giovanni Bello (1988) received a Licenciatura degree in History (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz) with the thesis "La Orquesta Jazz: Entre Vanguardia y Cosmopolitísmo Cholo, La Paz, 1925-1945". He has published a poetry book, some plaquettes, two essay booklets about cultural history, music and literature and has coordinated a small bolivian young poetry sample in Ecuador. He also co hosted a literary radio program and recently has held an exhibition of his graphic interventions to some of his poems. Some of his main interests are Latin American urban cultural history, Latin American popular culture, the counterculture, contemporary cultural industries, rock music, the avant garde, cosmopolitanism, indigenous aesthetics and visual culture.                  
Metycia Bengmo is a French native speaker originated from Camerron, Central Africa. She is a MA student in French and Francophone Studies at Uc. She holds a BA in Bilingual letters (French and English languages and literatures) from the University of Dschang-Cameroon. She alos holds a CAPIEMP(Teaching Training Diploma) from the Government Teachers Training College Dschang-Cameroon. She is interested in French/Francophone Studies, cultural studies and cinema. She is currently Teaching Assistant for French at University of Cincinnati

Clark, Tiffanie

Tiffanie Clark

I am currenty in the first year of a PHD program in Spanish. My research interests are 20th century Carribean Narrative and Poetry, New Methods in Foreign Language Acquisiton and Creative Writing.  My goals in the future are to publish a book of short stories and poetry, interview contemporary writers who come from underrepresented communities and eventually lead writing workshops for youth. Currently, I am analyzing the unedited poems of Elena Garro.

Dehmani, Roufia

Graduate Assistant

French Teacher assistant for beginner levels of French  at UC.
Speaks  Arabic, French, English, and a xia of Chinese.
Studied civil engineering at the University of Science and Technology of oran, USTO (Algeria), software development at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, french at Wright State University in Dayton, and currently is preparing a Master degree in french and francophone studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Escobar Villegas, Julia

Graduate Assistant

Julia Escobar Villegas holds a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Antioquia, Colombia. She speaks Spanish, Italian, French, German and English. She has been a foreign languages teacher and a literary translator to Spanish. She has also worked in the editorial field as a proofreader, editor assistant, project manager assistant and writer. Currently, she is a MA Spanish student (Literature Track) at the University of Cincinnati.

Luis Miguel Estrada O. Morelia, Mexico, 1982. Holds a MA in Mexican Literature. Estrada is also an author of fiction, with several books of short stories published in Mexico. In recent years, he has developed an increasing interest on the Sweet Science of boxing, and colaborates continuously with a variety of publications, writing articles and chronicles on the subject. Currently, he prepares a research on the figure of the Mexican fighter throughout Mexican Literature of the Twentieth Century.

Galeano, Juan Camilo

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Candidate


Juan Camilo Galeano Sánchez holds a B.A in Law from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia. He also has a Masters degree in Literary Hermeneutics from Universidad Eafit, Colombia. His areas of research are: Latin American essay of the 19th and 20th Centuries; the spatial experience in Colombian narratives, especially in those written in Antioquia; and gender, sexuality and sexual identity in Latin American narrative. 

Gámez García, María del Mar

Spanish Graduate Assistant and PhD student

María del Mar Gámez García was born in Ibiza, Spain. She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and some French. She has been both a Spanish and an English teacher, and has worked as a journalist for some Spanish national media and international media, such as Dow Jones Newswires, Agencia EFE, ABC and Telecinco. She holds a MA in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati, a BA in English Philology from the University of Barcelona and a BA in Journalism from University Carlos III de Madrid. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati. 

Garcia Plaza, Ester

Graduate Assistant

Ester García Plaza is originally from Spain. She holds a B.A in Modern Languages by Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. She speaks Spanish, English and  French. 
She has been both a Spanish and English teacher. She worked as a Spanish teacher at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, during the academic year 2013-2014.
Her research focuses on pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition (SLA).

Hernandez, Maria Carmen

705 Old Chemistry Building

705 Old Chemistry Building


Hoying, Emily E

Part Time Graduate Student

Emily Hoying has been a full time Spanish language teacher for the past four years (2011-2014) at a local high school. She is currently a part time graduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying for her MA in Spanish.
Taylor Larson is currently studying a M.A. in French and Francophone Literature and cultural studies at the University of Cincinnati.  She Graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in French Studies with minors in Russian, International Studies, and Business.  Her areas of interest include French-American relations, French-Russian Relations, 17th and 18th century French litterature, the court of Louis XIV, and the role of dance in French culture.

Mariño López, Pedro Rodrigo

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Student

Rodrigo Mariño López holds a B.A in Literary Studies from the National University of Colombia, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from this same university. He also took literature courses at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has previously worked in academic editorial coordination, proofreading, copywriting and translation. His research interests include: contemporary Latin American literature, focused con contemporary Colombian narrative; Autofiction; Metafiction; Creative Writing; and Narratology. 

Marquez Barragan, Miriam Yvonn

Graduate Assistant and Ph.D Student

Yvonn Márquez. (Tlaxcala, México, 1984). She studied Latinoamerican Literature at Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala and has a Master's degree in Mexican Literature by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. She has published in several Magazines. She founded the literary magazine "Ágora Letras". Currently, she is a Spanish graduate assistant studying a PhD on Romance Languages and Literatures at University of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Mora Morales, Luis Diego

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Student in Spanish

Diego Mora (Vásquez de Coronado, San José, Costa Rica, Central America, 1983). Holds a MA in Latin American Literature from New Mexico State University, and a degree in Psychology from Universidad de Costa Rica with a major in Media Education and a minor in Social Psychology. He took cinema studies in Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has published one academic book, four poetry books and one fiction novel. He appears in poetry anthologies from Spain, Argentina, Chile, México and many others. He has been editor of cartoneras books in Costa Rica, United States and Ecuador. His research interests include contemporary Latin American cultures, currently focused on the Cartoneras Movement and Argentinian Rock; and additionally Media Education, Prehispanic Oraliterature, 'facebookature', and Contemporary Latin American Cinema. 
Milagros is presently in the Doctoral Program, in the Major Field of Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies and in the Minor Field of Creative Writing. She has a wide variety of teaching experiences from primary school, middle school, high school, to college level. She has taught basic to advanced level Spanish courses at University of Cincinnati, at Raymond Walters College, and at Northern Kentucky University. 


Rodriguez Ibarra, Gema

Graduate Assistant

Graduate Assistant.
Gema Rodriguez Ibarra holds a BA in Spanish Language and Literature, with a major in Contemporary Lirerature, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM); she also has a MA in Education Training for Professional, Secondary, and Language Teachers; and a MA in Theatre and Performing Arts from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on theatrical studies.

Wilson, Jessica Ann

Graduate Assistant