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Tenure-Track Faculty

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J. Mauricio Espinoza

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature/Cultural Studies , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

710C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1578

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).
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Muhammad U. Faruque

Inayat & Ishrat Malik Assistant Professor , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

728C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-0139

Muhammad U. Faruque’s research lies at the intersection of religion, science, philosophy, and literature, especially in relation to the Islamic intellectual tradition. He earned his PhD (with distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as Exchange Scholar at Harvard University and as George Ames Postdoctoral Fellow at Fordham University. His highly acclaimed book Sculpting the Self (University of Michigan Press, 2021) addresses “what it means to be human” in a secular, post-Enlightenment world by exploring notions of selfhood and subjectivity in Islamic and non-Islamic literatures, inlcuding modern philosophy and neuroscience. Dr. Faruque’s work has been supported by the Templeton Foundation, the Ames Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Bestway Foundation, among others and has appeared (or forthcoming) in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Philosophy East and West, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy (Cambridge), Brill Journal of Sufi Studies, Religious Studies (Cambridge), Brill Journal of Islamic Ethics, and Ancient Philosophy. He has delivered lectures in many North American, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern universities. He gives public lectures on a wide of range of topics such as climate change, spirituality, meditation, A.I., Islamic psychology, and Islam and the West. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including a Templeton Foundation Global Philosophy of Religion Project grant.
      While his past research has explored modern and premodern conceptions of selfhood and identity and their bearing on ethics, religion, science, and culture, his current project investigates whether or not Sufi philosophy and practice---as articulated in the School of Ibn ʿArabī---support and foster an active engagement toward the planet's well-being and an ecologically viable way of life and vision. He is also at work on a book on A.I. and the ethical challenges of information technology.
      His interests and expertise encompass history and theory of subjectivity, Qur’anic studies, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, religion and climate change, gender hermeneutics, Islamic philosophy and ethics, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on Islam, Islamic humanities, religion and climate change, as well as on selfhood and identity in Islamic and contemporary thought.
 
      In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, travelling, cooking, photography, and watching movies. He also has a passion for classical Indian (raag) and Persian music, and for art, music, and poetry in general.

      He is also affiliated with the department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the program in Religious Certificate.
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Michael R Gott

Associate Professor of French and Program Director, Film & Media Studies , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1846

My research and teaching interests include transnational film and screen media, global screen industries and networks, border studies, mobility studies, contemporary French and Francophone cultures (including cinema, TV, bande dessinée and literature), Belgian cinema, the cinema of Quebec, diaspora and migration, mobility studies, and European Studies. My latest book, Screen Borders: From Calais to cinéma-monde, will be released in 2022 by Manchester University Press. I am also working on an edited collection about contemporary cinema from Quebec. 

I teach graduate seminars and undergrad gourses on global screen media, travel and identity in cinema and comic books, French culture and cultural studies, migration and identity, cinéma-monde, road movies and mobility in cinema, and global screen industry networks.

I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Film & Media Studies Program, and the director of programming for UC's Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies.
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Carlos M Gutiérrez

Professor of Spanish, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

726B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1845

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've also collaborated in art projects and online exhibits with DAAP, Cincinnati Art Museum and Google Arts & Culture:
http://cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/online-exhibitions/frida/

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/AQJSeywc0iFIIw 
I work on a book about Cervantes and direct the Madrid Summer Program
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Janine C Hartman

Professor of History,, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717D Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1596

Professor of
History

Dept Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts & Sciences
717D Old Chem Bldg
Ph 556-1596
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
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Fenfang Hwu

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

710B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1841

  • 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.
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Thérèse Migraine-George

Professor and Head, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

714A Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1239

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. 
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Kara Nicole Moranski

Assistant Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709D Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1831

Dr. Kara Moranski teaches Spanish and foreign language education courses in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures. She uses her training in both applied linguistics and educational statistics to conduct curricular research, investigating what is working in contemporary language classes in K-12 and postsecondary settings. Her recent work has focused on flipped learning models and metacognitive instruction to promote peer interaction. Her research has appeared in Foreign Language Annals, The Modern Language Journal, and Applied Linguistics. 
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Maria Paz Moreno

Professor of Spanish, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709 E Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1834

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 most recent monograph, Madrid: A Culinary History, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018.

As a poet, she has published nine books of poetry and has been included in several 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 bilingual poetry anthology From the Other Shore/ De la otra orilla was published in 2018 by Valparaiso Editors. Her most recent poetry book, Amiga del monstruo, was published by Ed. Renacimiento in 2020.

 
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Nicasio Urbina

Professor of Latin American Literature., Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

714 Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1838

Professor 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 nine books of literary criticism, short stories, and poetry; and has edited nine books on different topics. Has published 99 articles of literary criticism, and 134 conferences and papers. In 2015 he received the Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Work. Personal website: www.nicasiourbina.com
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Patricia Valladares-Ruiz

Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature and film., Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-0402

Professor Patricia Valladares-Ruiz's major research and teaching interests focus on race, gender, sexuality, geographical imagination, and political dissent in Latin American and Caribbean literature, cinema, and popular culture.

She is the author of Narrativas del descalabro: La novela venezolana en tiempos de revolución (Tamesis, 2018), 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).  Professor Valladares-Ruiz has also published book chapters and articles on Latin American and Caribbean literature and cinema in scholarly journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Studies in Latin American Popular CultureMLN: 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.

Research and Teaching Interests: Latin American and Caribbean literature, film, and popular culture; Neo-slave narratives; geographical imagination in early colonial Spanish America; cultural politics & aesthetics.

Theoretical interests: Cultural Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). 

www.patriciavalladares.com
   

Educator Faculty

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Ashley Nichole (Johann) Anneken

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

719A Old Chemistry Building

513-556-2882

Ashley holds a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in Spanish, Psychology, and Legal Studies from Saint Louis University, and has also studied in Mérida, Mexico, and Madrid, Spain. In the classroom, Ashley is inspired by the ability of foreign-language education to guide learners through unique discovery processes of self and society. Her current projects involve implementing Integrated Performance Assessment and Game-Based Language Learning.
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Beatriz Celaya

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1842

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, Hispanic Women Artists, Spanish Film, Migration and Race in Spain, Equatoguinean Literature.
She has published a book, Sexualidad femenina en la novela y cultura española, 1900-1936 (2006), and she is currently working on representations of race, gender and social status in Spanish renaissance. 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, Ámbitos feministas, or Afro-Hispanic Review.
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Rosario Drucker Davis

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709A Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1830

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Juan Godoy Penas

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717E Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1843

Juan A. Godoy Peñas is Assistant Professor Educator in Spanish, Coordinator of Beginning Intensive Spanish (SPAN1001-1002), of Spanish Intermediate (SPAN2015-2016), of the Summer Spanish Local Immersion Program, and Spanish Language Advisor for the Spanish Basic Language Program (SPAN1001, 1002, 2015, 2016). Previously, he has worked as Teaching Assistant at Harvard University and Visiting Instructor at Qingdao University, China. His research interests mainly focus on Spanish peninsular literature, and applied linguistics and second language teaching. Both areas of his work focus on the concept of identity and its formation through writing and the acquisition of foreign language.
 
In the literary field, he studies the second generation of writers exiled by the Spanish Civil War, the concepts of memory and trauma, and the hybridity of literary genres, especially autobiographical genres. In relation to this topic, he has recently published the articles “La «Otra» segunda generación de escritores exiliados tras la Guerra Civil española: más allá de México” in Hispanófila, and “Niños de la guerra en México: la desterritorialización como consecuencia del exilio a través de Carlos Blanco Aguinaga y Angelina Muñiz-Huberman” in Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. Currently, he is editing his book Memoria, identidad y literatura del yo: narrativas de la segunda generación de escritores exiliados por la Guerra Civil española, which will be released in late 2020 or early 2021.
 
Regarding applied linguistics and second language teaching, his research pays attention to the role of technology in the classroom and the creation of hybrid courses. This led him to create the first hybrid course in Spanish in collaboration with Dr. Liander within the Department of RLL at Harvard University in Spring 2020. Additionally, he is especially interested in the role of the learner´s identity in the process of second language acquisition, as well as the impact of the incorporation of diversity in the didactic material. In 2020, in collaboration with the Observatory Cervantes at Harvard University, he organized a series of workshops entitled “Mapping the Minorities in Spanish as Second Language Acquisition.” He has also recently been invited by the Institute Cervantes from NY to give a workshop entitled “Fostering Diversity in the Spanish Language Classroom: the role of minoritized identities.”
 
 
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Ligia C Gomez.

Assistant Professor Educator , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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.

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Irene Ivanova Ivantcheva-Merjanska

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

711 Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1729

Asst Professor Educator and Undegraduate Studies Director 
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Anne Starkovich Lingwall Odio

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717E Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1843

Dr. Anne Lingwall Odio teaches Spanish grammar and linguistics courses in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures. She utilizes her research backgroud in biingualism and second language studies to inform her teaching practice. As a researcher, Anne is interested in the impact that the language environment can have on linguistic development. She studies the acquisition and representation of grammatical forms among monolingual and bilingual, heritage speaking, children and adults.

Anne also works with local community organizations and schools to support and advocate for home language maintenance and bilingualism. 
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Nuria Rocio Lopez-Ortega

Educator Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

716-B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1928

Director of Curriculum; Assistant Department Head.  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.
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Shureka _ Nyawalo

Assistant Professor Educator and Coordinator of the Basic French Program, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

719B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-4528

My name is Dr. Shureka Nyawalo and I am an Assistant Professor Educator and the Basic French Program Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati Clifton (uptown) campus. My research and scholarly interests include French phonology, second/foreign language teaching and learning, and teaching in higher education contexts. At UC, I teach 1000-level and 3000-level courses in French. As coordinator, I oversee the 1000- and 2000-level courses in the French program.
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Danae T Orlins

Educator Assistant Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

716D Old Chemistry Building

513-556-2748

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.

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Grace Thome

Associate Professor Educator, Arabic Language Coordinator , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

728G Old Chemistry Building

513-556-2091

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.

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Catherine L White

Associate Professor Educator of Basic French Program, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

7109B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1841

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.


Education:

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

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Ibrahim B. Amidou

Adjunct Assistant Professor of French, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1842

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.

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Andie Nicole Anderson

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

Andie is a language instructor with a background in second language acquisition and applied linguistics. She holds an M.A. in Spanish with a focus on pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in Spanish and International Affairs from the University of Cincinnati. She is passionate about helping her students succeed in their language learning journey, and she loves to watch them grow as Spanish speakers. She has experience teaching both in person and virtually, and is dedicated to consistently integrating new and innovative technology tools into the language classroom.
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Ursula Hazembuller Atisme

Instructor - Adj, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

Ursula H Atisme is a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.  She holds a Master of Art in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor in Spanish Teaching from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.  In the past, she taught Spanish at the university, Middle and High School levels.  Her teaching experience includes both literature and grammar, as well as curriculum development. Her main research interests are: Latin American contemporary literature, Argentine contemporary novel and Meta-fiction.
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Seynabou Dieye

Instructor - Adjunct, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-541-0574

I am a graduate student in master program in French, have worked for over 10 years at Delta Air Lines as a translator and flight attendant, which gave me the opportunity to experience and enjoy several different aspects of utilizing languages to bridge cultures. I have completed my undergraduate degree in communication and fluently speak French. I have also worked as an operations manager in one of the busiest airport in the United States, managing over 150 departures daily. I am currently tutoring in French for the department of romance languages at the University of Cincinnati, providing academic support to students at various level of French courses.  
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Mohamed Elayyadi

Instructor, Arabic Language and Culture, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

728E Old Chemistry Building

513-556-2091

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Luis M Gonzalez-Garcia

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

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Ekaterina Plamenova Katzarova

Program Manager, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

McMicken Hall

513-556-4440

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Maria Elvira Mendoza

Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

710D Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1858

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Joyce A Miller

Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

721 Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1836

Master in Italian Studies, Ohio State University. 
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Emma Joan Ortquist

Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

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Kenneth C. Totten

Asst Professor - Adj Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709A Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1830

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Carla Rita Wysokinski

Instructor - Adj Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

Affiliate Faculty

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Isaac Peter Campos

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

320D McMicken Hall

513-556-2527

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.
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Erynn Masi de Casanova

Professor of Sociology, Director of the Kunz Center for Social Research, (PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center) , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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

Erynn Masi de Casanova CV
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Sarah Jackson

Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

155A McMicken Hall

513-556-5895

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. She currently serves as Division Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at UC, working with the departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her broad thematic and theoretical research 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, ancient ontologies, personhood (including non-human persons), indigenous political organization, and negotiation of culture change.  Methodologically, she works at the intersection of text and the material record. She is particularly interested in bringing together theoretical ideas with archaeological field practices.

Dr. Jackson focuses 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 the site of Say Kah, Belize. Recent publications on these topics have appeared in The Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2016), Advances in Archaeological Practice (2016), Ancient Mesoamerica (2019), and Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2020). Dr. Jackson is also currently teaming with the Digital Scholarship Center at UC to work on a big data project related to analysis of archaeological publications to illuminate implicit archaeological narratives about artifacts and excavated materials, turning her interest in culturally-specific material beliefs onto our own profession.

She co-directs an archaeological projects at the ancient Maya site of Say Kah, just outside of La Milpa, Belize, where she has excavated in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018 together with Dr. Linda Brown (University of New Mexico, project co-director) and graduate and undergraduate students from UC, with funding from Wenner-Gren, National Geographic Society/Waitt, National Geographic Society (CRE), the American Philosophical Society, the Brennan Foundation, the Rust Family Foundation, and the Taft Research Center (University of Cincinnati). 

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.  

PDFs of publications available at:
https://uc.academia.edu/SarahEJackson

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Farrah Jacquez

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

4150N EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-5124

Research program focused on partnering with communities to develop interventions to promote health equity. Current projects target Latino immigrant health and participatory research with youth around substance abuse and addiction. Courses Dr. Jacquez teaches include Community Psychology (graduate level) and Community Capstone (undergraduate level).
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Ethan Katz

Assistant Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

513-556-2140

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. 
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Brianna N. Leavitt-Alcántara

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

McMicken Hall

513-556-4478

Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara teaches Latin American History, specializing in the colonial period, and is Director of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies. 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 (Stanford University Press, 2018), 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. Her new book project, The Virgin's Wrath, examines gender relations, Mayan Catholicism, and violence in eighteenth-century Chiapas. She teaches survey courses on colonial Latin America as well as upper division courses on topics such as gender, religion, the Spanish Inquisition, and Afro-Latin America. 
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Amy C Lind

Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair / Mary Ellen Heintz Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

1100 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-0675

Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently serving as UC's Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair. Prior to this, she served as Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from August 2015 through December 2018 and as Graduate Director for four previous years. In 2017-2018, she also served as Provost Fellow, in which capacity she oversaw assessment and reaccreditation in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds faculty affiliations in Sociology, Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures, the Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies Program, and the School of Planning/DAAP.

Dr. Lind's areas of scholarship and teaching include urban studies, global political economy, development and postcolonial studies, Global South/transnational social movements, feminist and queer theory, and studies of neoliberal governance. A qualitative researcher with great interest in people's stories of survival and resistance, she has lived, worked and conducted research in Latin America for over four years, including in Euador, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela. 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, Constituting the Left Turn: Resignifying Nation, Economy and Family in Postneoliberal 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
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Koffi N. Maglo

Associate Professor of Philosophy , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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.” http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.asp?id=5592.
 
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.
 

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Leila Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

450 Braunstein Hall

513-556-5783

Affiliate faculty, Department of Africana Studies
Affiliate faculty, Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures
Affiliate faculty, Department of Sociology
Affiliate faculty, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies
Collaborator, Central American Population Center (University of Costa Rica)

I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer whose research centers on the local integration dynamics of migrants. A second line of research examines the use of culture as judicial evidence – in the form of anthropological expert testimony – in legal conflicts that involve immigrants and refugees. 


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

 

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Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama

Associate Professor in Women's, Gender, and Sexualities, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

3314 French Hall

513-556-6654

Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama practiced law in Colombia for five years before migrating to Canada in her late 20s.  Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama earned her LLM in international human rights law at the University of Ottawa, where she also worked at the Human Rights Research and Education Center co-directing a women's project with CEMUJER in El Salvador (Central America) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  In 2004, she graduated with her Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, where she was also affiliated to CERLAC, The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University.

On the basis of extensive fieldwork in Colombia, her research and publications examine the contradictions between neoliberal international trade and military aid on the one hand, and respect for individual and collective human rights –in particular labor, environmental, and equality rights for women and racial minorities—on the other hand. These relationships and contradictions are examined through case studies where both trade and human rights laws and practices are in operation: first, the Colombian export-led flower industry. Her upcoming book (2012) is provisionally titled “No Roses Without Thorns: Trade, Militarization, and Human Rights in the Production and Export of Colombian Flowers” (click here to see book prospectus). Second, though the case of NAFTA and undocumented migration of Mexican and Central American into the USA.

Dr. Sanmiguel -Valderrama have published various articles in prestigious international academic journals presenting her research findings on the interrelationship between globalization, international trade, militarism, social reproduction, and human rights from multidisciplinary and transnational anti-racist feminist approaches. Her research have been supported by competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council. Professor's Sanmiguel-Valderrama current areas of research and teaching are family-work conflict under globalization, the relationships between military aid, trade, and human rights in Colombia, feminist mothering, women, gender and law, international women's rights, and women's labor rights.

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Margaret Voelker-Ferrier

Professor Emerita, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

6415 Aronoff Center

513-556-4298

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.
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Rebecca Williamson

MSArch and PhD Program Coordinator, Associate Professor , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

7205 DAA Addition

513 556 0770

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.

Visiting Faculty

Emeriti Faculty

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Heather Marlene Arden

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717F Old Chemistry Building

513-231-0660

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.
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Susan M Bacon

Academic Director, Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

330-347-8531

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.
 
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Edy J Carro

Educator Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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.
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Edward V Coughlin

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Enrique A Giordano

Associate Professor of Latin American Literature, Literary Theory, Theatre, and Film Sttudies, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

710C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1837

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.
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Irwin Greenberg

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

710B Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1836

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Anne-Marie Jezequel

Educator Associate Professor , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1842

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. 

http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/stylescoutblog/style-counsel-anne-marie-jezequel/

Study tours and international professional experiences in France, Canada and the French West Indies.
Intensive Language and cultural program, French immersion  University led Program in Caen, Normandy (France)  
"Discover Caen & Normandy", June 7-July 21 /2018
  link: videos made by students
https://animoto.com/play/vkfSmFKnu6QTtFSyyplGJg?autostart=1


 
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Lowanne Elizabeth Jones

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

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Kathryn M. Lorenz

Educator Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Kathryn Lorenz is an Educator Professor Emerita of French in the Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Cincinnati.   She specializes in Medieval French Literature and taught a variety of courses such as Reading French for Graduate Students, Paris and Basic French.  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.
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Pat W O'Connor

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717F Old Chemistry Building

513-751-9622

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). Shades of Violence with plays by Juana Escabias, The Hooker of a Thusand Nights,  and  Diana de Paco, See you in Heaven...or Maybe Not  marked  in 2015 her twenty-first 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. She has had homages for her theater work by SGAE in Madrid twice and two more  by the University of Cincinnati for initiating, in 1964,  study abroad at UC.
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Armando Romero

Charles Phelps Taft Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

513-861-2773

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.
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Siusan Victoria Sinclair

Associate Educator Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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.
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Michele E Vialet

Professor of French and Francophone Literatures, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

716C Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1844

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 www.cromrev.com).

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).

Staff

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Elaine M Dunker

Financial Administrator 1, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

360D McMicken Hall

513-556-1524

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Steve R Hofferber

Program Manager, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

723 Old Chemistry Building

513-556-2730

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Jennifer M Lange

Business Administrator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

McMicken Hall

513-556-3906

Graduate Students/Assistants

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Tomas Emilio Arce Mairena

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Tomás Emilio Arce Mairena 
ABD 
Taft Research Center Dissertation Fellow (2021-2022)
M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature (University of Cincinnati 2018) 
Included in the anthology ''Flores de la Trinchera'' (2012). Director of the short documentary ''Si buscabas'' (2014). Has published reviews and articles in literary magazines such as El Hilo Azul, Latin American Today Carátula, Cincinnati Romance Review and Revista de Historia IHNCA

 

 
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Francisco Javier Barraza Alonzo

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Francisco Barraza Alonzo (Ciudad Juárez, Mexico). PhD Student. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. His poems have been published in magazines such as Círculo de Poesía, La Piraña, Revista Opción, Rio Grande Review, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, among others.
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Luis Angel Barreto

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Poet, writer and editor. Luis Ángel Barreto holds a Master´s Degree in Philosophy from La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. He has worked as a writer and editor in several magazines in his home country and abroad on topics related to literature, music and politics. He has been assistant coordinator in international research projects of pedagogy and ethics. He worked as screenwriter and music editor for short films, catoons, and for dance and theater performances. Nowadays, he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati.
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Eric Herve tonfack Dontong

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

I am an MA student in French. I am originally from Cameroon and I am in my first year at UC. I love travelling, reading, soccer, getting to meet and know new peolpe. 
 
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Julia Escobar Villegas

PhD Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Julia Escobar Villegas speaks Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and English. She is a language instructor and a literary translator into Spanish. She also works in the editorial field as proofreader, assistant editor, project manager assistant, and writer. 
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Gabriela Falconi Piedra

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D Student, Romance Languages and Literatures, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Gabriela is originally from Ecuador. She holds a Licenciatura in Sociology and Political Sciences from Central University of Ecuador, and an M.A. in Peruvian and Latin American Literature from the National University of San Marcos in Peru. She also did a Diploma in Regional Integration in the Latin American Council of Social Sciences - CLACSO. 
She has previously worked in the public sector of the Andean region: as Specialist Advisor and Consultant to the Goverments of Ecuador and Peru, and International Officer of the Andean Community on issues of culture. In the private sector, she worked in cultural projects, conferences and seminaries, as a university teacher and editor. Her research interests include: Latin American literature, contemporary Andean narrative, Culture Policies, Women and Gender studies and Human Rights.  
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Maria Daniela Granja Nunez

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Daniela is a PhD student in Romance Languages. She is a screenwriter and has a MA in Spanish and a MFA in Screenwriting. She is a Spanish and Intro to Screenwriting TA.


Academic Background
  • University of Cincinnati - MA Spanish, 2020
  • NYFA. MFA, Screenwriting, 2012.
  • Fulbright grantee, MFA Screenwriting. August 2010 – May 2012.
  • FLACSO. Associate Degree in Visual Anthropology. Quito, Ecuador. March – July 2008.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Bachelor degree in Sociology. Quito, Ecuador. September 2000 – March 2006.
Teaching Experience
  • Univeristy of Cincinnati, Introduction to Screenwriting TA. Since 2022.
  • University of Cincinnati, Basic Spanish TA. Since 2018.
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito, Ecuador. Screenwriting teacher – online course. Since January 2018.
  • Universidad de las Américas. Quito, Ecuador. Screenwriting teacher. January 2014 – June 2014.
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito, Ecuador. Screenwriting teacher. January 2013 – June, 2013.
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito, Ecuador. Screenwriting Workshop instructor, September 2012 – June 2013.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador. Film Appreciation instructor, 2007 – 2009.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador. Sociology teacher, January 2007 – June 2010.

Other Work Experience
  • Untitled project, feature film. Co-writer. Since 2021.
  • Founding partner at INCUBADORA, film and TV production company, Ecuador.
  • Penas, stop motion short film project. Screenwriting advisor. Since January 2018.
  • El viaje de Dante, feature film project. Screenwriting advisor. Since June 2017.
  • The Sky Above Max, feature film project. Writer. Since May 2016.
  • Sumergible, feature film. Directed by Alfredo León. Co-writer. Since June 2014.
  • Screenwriting workshop for the Andean Countries. Reader and translator. June – November 2013, June – August 2014, July – August 2015, July – August 2017.
  • Galápagos, la historia más cursi jamás contada, feature film project. Co-writer. Since August 2017.
  • El Caminante, TV series. Writer. March 2017 – July 2017.
  • Jorge, feature film project. Writer. Since November 2015.
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival. Hospitality Coordinator. April 2015.
  • Eco Chip, TV series. Writer. June 2014 – December 2014.
  • La mala noche, feature film in postproduction. Directed by Gabriela Calvache. Screenwriting advisor. January 2013 – November 2014.
  • UIO Sácame a pasear, feature film. Directed by Micaela Rueda. Screenwriting advisor. June 2013 – August 2013.
  • Ciudad Quinde, web series. Writer. December 2013 – June 2014.
  • Dino DeLaurentiis Company. Reader - internship. October 2011 – January 2012.
  • Eclectic Pictures. Reader - internship. April 2011 – July 2011.
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Rea Jalloul

Instructor - Adj, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-1950

Professor Rea Jalloul received her BA from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. Currently, she is doing her MA in Franco-Arab studies and she works as a French instructor at the University of Cincinnati. She used to teach Arabic and French as foreign languages to students working in companies all around the world. She is interested in the Franco-Arab world in books and films. 
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Cameron Steven Kruse

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Cameron Kruse is a second year Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his undergraduate career at the University of Louisville in 2017, completing a BSBA in Business Marketing, with minors in French and Entrepreneurship. He is pursuing a MA in French Studies with a focus in Pedagogy. His research interests include foreign language acquisition, effective foreign language teaching methods, and translation.
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Albert Alejandro Martinez

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Albert Alejandro Martínez holds a B.A in Law from the National University of Colombia, and a M.A. in Latin American literature and culture, from Institituto Caro y Cuervo. He has previously worked in copyright and creative industries, as an adviser at the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and as intructor in creative writing workshops. His research interests include: contemporary Latin American literature, focused on contemporary Colombian narrative; Autofiction; Metafiction and Creative Writing. 
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Emma Nicole Mills

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

937-623-5848

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Nury Evelyn Nuila-Stevens

Doctoral Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Nury Nuila-Stevens holds a BA in Humanities with concentration in Literature and Minor and Theory History. She also holds a MA of Spanish. Each from the University of Louisville, Ky. She also has a Secondary Teacher Certificate to teach Literature by the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” known as UCA, El Salvador.  Before coming to study a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Cincinnati, Nury taught for 17 years in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.  Nury returned to literature studies after teaching Spanish for 22 years.  Returning to college, was a huge life challenge to attain her lifelong dream.  It's been an act of perseverance.  She encourages anyone who reads this biography to never quit pursuing one's dreams.  Two phrases became cornerstones in her journey.  One by Winston Churchill "Never, never, never give up" and the other by Joseph Campbell "Follow your bliss".  Her major research interest are: Poetry, Latin American Contemporary Literature, Women and Gender Studies and Central American Literature.
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Violeta Orozco

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Violeta Orozco is a bilingual poet, translator and educator studying the Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at UC with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is the author of three poetry collections, Stillness in the Land of Speed (Jacar Press, forthcoming), The Broken Woman Diaries (Andante Books) and El cuarto de la luna (Proyecto Literal). She has received awards like the New Voices 2021 poetry award confered by Jaki Shelton Green and fellowships like BANFF Literary Translator's Residency in Alberta, Canada. Her poetry has appeared in Acentos Review, MALCS Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, Label Me Latina, Harvard's Palabritas, The Gathering of the Tribes, Cloud Women's Quarterly Journal and several U.S.A. antologies like Somos en Escrito's "Nuestra Realidad" and .Viento del Norte, Poetas en Nueva York.
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Julia Piastro Garcia

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Student in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati, with an M.A in Latin American literature and a bachelor’s degree in French literature. I have experience in the fields of poetry, music and performance studies, literary translation, and transatlantic studies. I have written and presented academic articles about Latin American and French literature. I also have experience as a poet, chronicler, editor, and as a creative writing teacher.
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Juan Andres Pizzani

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Dr. Juan Andres Pizzani Ochoa (Caracas, 1979) completed a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature at the University of Cincinnati and a PhD Degree in Anthropology at Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. He wrote the novella Visita guiada (2007) and published some of his poems in the anthology Voces Nuevas (2004). His doctoral thesis is Masculinities, Diversity and Homophobia in a Middle Class Family from Caracas, from the 90's to 2015 (2017). He authored the art books Enciclopedia Ilustrada del Arte (2002), Crayon Picture Books (2003) and Nuevo Abesedario (2020).
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Luca LaVere Proper

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Bonjour. My name is Lucas Proper but I go by Luca. I'm a second-year MA graduate teaching assistant of French & Pedagogical studies. Scholastically, I explore queer Maghrebi literature, franco-cinema, and the intersections of socio-political narratives. Personally, I enjoy reading poetry as well as writing my own (hopefully to publish someday). I also dabble in photography and absolutely love traveling when I am able. 
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Rachel Scarlett Rider

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

513-805-5584

Rachel Rider is a first-year Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in 2020, which earned her a Bachelor of Arts in both French and International Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in French and Pedagogy. 
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Olga Sanz Casasnovas

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Olga Sanz holds a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Zaragoza. She is currently in her first year of a Spanish MA and working as a TA for this same department. 
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Camila Paz Valdebenito Parra

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Originally from the South of Chile, Camila is a Ph.D. candidate in the Spanish Literature program at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a Master of Arts with a concentration in Spanish Literature from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). In Chile, she graduated with honors from the Universidad del Desarrollo (Santiago, Chile) with a B.A. in Language and Literature, then continued her studies at Universidad del Desarrollo by earning a second B.A. in Education, with an emphasis in Language and Communication for Secondary Education. This education degree culminated in a thesis exploring the benefits of teaching poetry to high school students.

Undergraduate Student Workers

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Connor Christopher Ploetz

Work Study Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures