Romance Languages and Literatures

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Leah Adelson

Asst Professor - Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Dr. Leah Adelson is the Coordinator of Beginning Intensive Spanish (SPAN1001-1002) and teaches Spanish language in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures. Previously, she has worked as a Spanish and Portuguese instructor at Georgetown University where she taught courses in language, linguistics, and language teaching methodology. Her research interests include second/foreign language pedagogy, third language acquisition, teacher training, and online teaching and learning.
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Ibrahim B. Amidou

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



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

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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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Mawuli Kwami Ankou

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Mawuli is MA student and a French graduate teaching assistant majoring in Global French studies and aspect of second language pedagogy in the department of Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures (RALL) at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He obtained his Bachelor's of Arts degree in French and Information Studies at the University of Ghana. Also, he did his Post graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Winneba, Ghana.
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Ashley Nichole Anneken

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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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Heather Arden

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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Ursula Hazembuller Atisme

Instructor - Adj Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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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Susan M Bacon

Academic Director, Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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Lydia Bamfi

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Lydia Bamfi is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Masters Student in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati. She has a bachelors in French from the University of Cape Coast(UCC).  As a teaching assistant, she teaches Basic French classes.  She is interested in the discipline of culture, gender studies in the Francophone Literature and Teaching French as a foreign language.  
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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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Maria de Fatima de Fatima Benages Elena

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

María Benages is currently a graduate student pursuing an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Spanish Basic Language Program, instructing the SPAN1001 class.
She graduated from the University of Seville with a B.A. in English Studies and she holds an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies in Great Britain and Anglophone Countries 
from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
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Siham Bouamer

Asst Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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My research foci include French and Francophone literature and film of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, colonial and postcolonial literatures, with a specialization in transnational movements to and from the Maghreb. I also have a broad comparative interest in my research by reaching into disciplines such as Arabic, cultural, gender, and queer studies.

My first research area considers French women travelers’ narratives during the protectorate in Morocco (1912-1956). I investigate how tourism discourse in those accounts served as a subtext for the promotion of French imperial expansion in Morocco. The hierarchies of class, gender, race, religion, and sexuality, constitutive of imperial legacies that still persist in contemporary discourses, guide my second research area. This work specifically focuses on intersectional oppression in contemporary France through the lenses of migration, gender, postcolonial, and queer studies. 

My research on contemporary Francophone studies and my commitment to diversity and inclusion inform my teaching pedagogy. As co-founder of the Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum collective, I strive to implement and share best practices in curriculum development grounded in decolonial and anti-racist pedagogy. 
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Isaac Peter Campos

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Professor Campos teaches Latin American history. His main expertise is in modern Mexico and the history of illicit drugs. He's especially interested in the history of ideas, culture, and transnational phenomena. These interests are reflected in his newsletter, History on Drugs, which brings scholarly work to a more general audience, his digital history website, The Drug Page, which pursues a similar objective, and 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. 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 & Head of the Sociology Department, (PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center) , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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

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Miguel Catena

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Miguel Catena Gil (Valencia, Spain). Spanish MA student. He holds a Master's Degree in Spanish Teaching on high schools from the University of Valencia and a BA in Hispanic Studies from the same university. He is currently working as a TA for the RALL department.  
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Beatriz Celaya Carrillo

Ph.D., Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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, 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, Afro-Hispanic Review, or eHumanista.
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Martha Busy Timvane Chauya

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Graduate Assistant in the Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) Department. French Teacher since 2003. Incumenbent President of the Association Malawiennes pour le Enseignants de Français. 
My teaching interests include social linguistic studies. How do bilingual or multilingual speakers change roles and codes and why? Teaching language for social communication to young people and for examination accreditation has been my passion. I am a certified DELF and DALF Examiner. 

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Edward V Coughlin

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Rosario Drucker Davis

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Rosario Drucker Davis hold a Linguistics from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Cincinnati. 

She currently teaches SPAN 1021  Spanish for the Health Professions I,
SPAN 1022 Spanish for the Health Professions II, Spanish 3010 Spanish for Social Work and Health Care Services, SPAN 3021/7021 Business Spanish I, and SPAN 3022/7022 Business Spanish II

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Seynabou Dieye

Study Abroad Advisor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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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Elaine M Dunker

Financial Administrator 2, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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Mohamed Elayyadi

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

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J. Mauricio Espinoza

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

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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).
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Muhammad U. Faruque

Inayat & Ishrat Malik Assistant Professor and Taft Center Fellow (AY 23-24), Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Muhammad U. Faruque is the Inayat Malik Assistant Professor and a Taft Center Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a Visiting Scholar position at Harvard University. 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. He was also educated at the University of London and Tehran University. In addition to his formal college education, he has traveled throughout the world to learn and explore, and studied with many scholars in South Asia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, North Africa, and Malaysia.

His book Sculpting the Self (University of Michigan Press, 2021) won the prestigious Iran's 31st World Book Award. The book 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 philosophical literatures, including modern philosophy and neuroscience. He is the author of three books and over fifty academic articles, which have appeared (or are forthcoming) in numerous prestigious, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes such as Philosophy East and West, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy (Cambridge), Sophia, Journal of Sufi Studies (Brill), Religious Studies (Cambridge), The Oxford Handbook 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 range of topics such as climate change, spirituality, meditation, AI, Islamic psychology, and Islam and the West. He is also a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the prestigious Templeton Foundation Global Philosophy of Religion grant and the Title IV Grant, U.S. Dept. of Education.

While his past research has explored modern and premodern conceptions of selfhood and identity and their bearing on ethics, religion, 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 AI and the ethical challenges of information technology. His edited volumes include From the Divine to the Human: Contemporary Islamic Thinkers on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic (Routledge, 2023) and A Cultural History of South Asian Literature, Volume 3: The Early Modern Age (1400-1700) (co-edited with S. Nair).

His interests and expertise encompass self and subjectivity, environmental humanities, religion and climate change, cross-cultural philosophy, Sufism, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, Islamic philosophy and ethics, history and philosophy of science, Islamic Psychology, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on climate change, environmental humanities, religion and mysticism, philosophy, as well as on selfhood and identity.
In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, traveling, 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 affiliated with the departments of Philosophy, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Religious Studies Certificate program.


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Loïc Filipe-Hémery

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

I am a graduate student pursuing a dual MA in French and Francophone Studies and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. I am also working as an instructor for an Intensive Basic French class.
My academic background encompasses a wide variety of research interests including law, languages and gender studies.
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Jack Elizabeth Foley

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures


Jacqueline Foley is a first-year MA student at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a Master's in French Language in the Franco-Arabic tract. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in French at the University of Cincinnati in 2022. She is interested by French and French-language Maghrebi literature, the Romance languages, and the Arabic language. She is currently employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UC, teaching FREN1001.
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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

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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Juan Godoy Penas

Assistant Professor Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Juan A. Godoy Peñas is Assistant Professor Educator in Spanish, Coordinator  of the Spanish Intermediate Sequence (SPAN2015-2016), of the Summer Spanish Local Immersion Program, and Co-Director of the Study Abroad Program in Queretaro, Mexico, as well of the Curricular Enhancement, Development, Access and Research Language Resource Center at the University of Cincinnati. 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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Ingrid Dayana Gonzalez Ochoa

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Ingrid D. González Ochoa is a Ph.D student and Spanish Graduate Assistant in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from New Mexico State University. Her research interests mainly focus on Second Language acquisition, Latin American literature, and cultural studies. She also has eight years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a second language, effectively planning engaging classroom activities through innovative teaching methods promoting diversity and individualized attention. 
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Luis M Gonzalez-Garcia

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Michael R Gott

Professor of French & Department Head (RALL) and Professor of Film & Media Studies (SCFMS), Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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, was released in 2023 by Manchester University Press. I am working on an edited collection about contemporary cinema from Quebec that will be released by Liverpool University Press in 2024 and a journal issue on francophone streaming industries.

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

I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the director of programming for UC's Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies.
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Daniela Daniela Granja

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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Irwin Greenberg

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Florian Griffon

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

I am a graduate student enrolled in a French and francophone studies & pedagogy M.A at the University of Cincinnati. I also teach Intensive Basic French as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UC.

I have graduated from the Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès (FRA), with a B.A in English studies (US Civilization major) and a M.A in American Civilization from Université Bordeaux Montaigne (FRA).

I have written a thesis for the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (FRA) on the link between knowledge production, lobbying, and firearm regulation in Ohio.
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Carlos M Gutiérrez

Professor of Spanish & Graduate Director, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures


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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've also collaborated in art projects and online exhibits with DAAP, Cincinnati Art Museum and Google Arts & Culture: 
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



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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
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Fenfang Hwu

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



  • 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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Irene Ivanova Ivantcheva-Merjanska

Assoc Professor - Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Associate Professor Educator and Undegraduate Studies Director 
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Farrah Jacquez

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Research program focused on partnering with communities to develop interventions to promote health equity. Current projects target Latino immigrant health and participatory research with immigrants and refugees in Cincinnati. For complete list of publications, see Google Scholar profile:
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Anne-Marie Jezequel

Educator Associate Professor , Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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.
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

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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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Ekaterina Katzarova

Program Manager, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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Marouane Khadari

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures


I am an accomplished Junior Lecturer of French with a strong foundation in French language and culture, driven by my dedication to language education and my passion for sharing the beauty of the French language with students. This commitment has been instrumental in fostering linguistic and cultural growth among learners. I bring a comprehensive understanding of French literature, history, and culture to my teaching.

In addition to my role as a Junior Lecturer, I have also made significant contributions as an Administrative Aide with extensive experience serving the "Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire." In this capacity, I played a pivotal role in supporting the organization's events and projects. My responsibilities included meticulous planning and logistics management, demonstrating my exceptional organizational skills. Furthermore, I excelled in coordinating efforts, maintaining regular communication with team members, and ensuring the accurate collection and management of pertinent information. My skillset includes proficiency in data entry, data analysis, and effective communication.

My dedication to excellence extends to my role as an International Mobility Coordinator at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. In this capacity, I provided invaluable administrative support for Erasmus+ and Study Abroad programs. My duties encompassed overseeing financial transactions and processes for both staff and students, as well as managing academic processes, including Learning Agreements, Grant Agreements, Risk Assessments, Codes of Conduct, and Traineeship Agreements. My meticulous attention to detail and unwavering dedication to compliance made me an essential asset to the program.

Furthermore, I have demonstrated my ability to excel in diverse roles, including my tenure as a Special Project Assistant for the European Commission. Here, I exhibited exceptional supervisory and information management skills, overseeing and editing the flow of information within the project while facilitating coordination between the European Commission network and the International Direction of University Bordeaux. My competencies encompass process improvement, information management, supervisory skills, and cross-functional coordination.

In conclusion, my multifaceted professional background has equipped me with a comprehensive skillset that includes language education, data management, administrative support, international program coordination, and project supervision. My unwavering commitment to excellence in every role I undertake drives me to continue bringing my expertise to future endeavors.
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Cam Kruse

Program Manager, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures


(513) 556-2730

Cam Kruse is the Program Manager for the departments of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) and Asian, East European, and German Studies (AEEGS). 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 obtained his MA in French Studies with a focus on Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2022.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, traveling, and exploring the depths of foreign language acquisition and teaching.
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Brianna N. Leavitt-Alcántara

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara teaches Latin American History, specializing in the colonial period and nineteenth century. 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


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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Anne Lingwall Odio

Asst Professor - Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

717E Old Chemistry Building


Dr. Anne Lingwall Odio is an Assistant Professor Educator of Spanish grammar and linguistics courses. She is the Associate Director of Projects and Partnerships of the CEDAR LRC.

Anne utilizes her research backgroud in bilingualism and second language studies to inform her teaching. As a researcher, Anne is interested in the impact that the language environment can have on linguistic development. Anne also works with local community organizations and schools to support and advocate for home language maintenance and bilingualism. 
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Mica Linik

Work Study Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Janaina F Lopez

Instructor - Adj, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building


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Nuria Rocio Lopez-Ortega

Educator Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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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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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Eliezer Marquez Ramos

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

He is a master's student and Yates Fellow, originally from the Atlantic coast of Puerto Rico. He completed his B.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus in 2016, where he won the first prize in the Essay category from the Humanities Department in 2015. He was also a Tenor in the same institution's Choir for three years. In March 2021, the NYU Magazine Temporales published his memoir about his experience with Hurricane Maria in 2017. He is interested in poetry, Caribbean culture, and Gabriel García Márquez studies.
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Maria Elvira Mendoza

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

710D Old Chemistry Building


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Therese Migraine-George

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



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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Joyce A Miller

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



Master in Italian Studies, Ohio State University. 
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Olivia Grace Miller

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Current graduate assistant working in the CEDAR Language Resource Center, pursuing a Master's in Spanish. Interests include Spanish and bilingual Literature and Creative Writing.
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Ana María Molina

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Ana María Molina Gómez(1992) is a poet and actress that was born in Colombia. Is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati. Magister in Culural Studies at Javeriana University and bachelor in Philosophy and Literature at Bolivana University.  
Her experience is related with editing, communitary writing and theater.        Her interests are in poetry as a way to connect with communities and social differences, with problematics that are hidden in our society. 

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Kara Nicole Moranski

Asst Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

709D Old Chemistry Building


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



Prof. Moreno holds a Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras from the University of Alicante, Spain, and a Phd. in Spanish Literature from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses 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 (IGA, 2000), the critical edition of Juan Gil Albert, Poesía Completa (Pre-Textos, 2004), the volume Cartas a Juan Gil-Albert. Epistolario selecto (IGA, 2016), and the poetic anthology Concha Zardoya. Antología Poética (IGA, 2008). In the area of food studies, she has published two monographs: De la página al plato. El libro de cocina en España (Trea, 2012), and Madrid: A Culinary History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

As a poet, she has published ten books of poetry and has been included in several anthologies, among them Poetisas Españolas 1976-2001 (Ed. Torremozas, 2003), El poder del cuerpo (Ed. Castalia, 2009), and Nueva poesía alicantina (2000-2005) (IGA, 2016)Her anthology From the Other Shore/ De la otra orilla was published in 2018 by Valparaíso Editors. Her most recent books include Amiga del monstruo (Ed. Renacimiento, 2020) and the bilingual edition of The Belly of an Iguana/ El vientre de las iguanas (Valparaíso Eds., 2021), translated by Jennifer Rathbun.

Prof. Moreno is a recipient of the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works (2019), and the Distinguished Research Professor Award (2023).

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Nury Evelyn Nuila-Stevens

Doctoral Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

714 Old Chemistry Building


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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Shureka _ Nyawalo

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

719B Old Chemistry Building


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.

Additionally, I organize the summer language immersion program in Bordeaux, France, at the DEFLE (Département d'Études de Français Langue Étrangère). (For more details, go to: 

More recently, my collegues and I were awarded a competitive federal grant to develop teaching materials. (Read UC's article on this grant:
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Pat W O'Connor

Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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Danae T Orlins

Educator Assistant Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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.

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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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Emma Joan Ortquist

Program Manager, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



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Carmella Scorcia Pacheco

Asst Professor - Visiting, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Dr. Scorcia Pacheco's research focuses on utilizing the folkoric record to recover Nuevomexicana feminine-voiced oral narratives of the 19th century and early 20th century. She includes archival studies, community engaged scholarship and fieldwork, folkloristics and expressive culture of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands in the form of literature, music, art, and language in her research. Specifically, she focuses on the poetic nature of oral art traditions and oral literature—connecting its form to meaning, also known as ethnopoetics. Through the lens of balladry, she is currently investigating child marriage in the U.S. Southwest from the territorial period and relates it to today's women's and girl's lack of bodily autonomy, especially regarding women of color. She also relates feminine-voiced balladry of New Mexico across time and space, conducting a transatlantic genealogy of the feminine voice from the earliest recorded literary traditions of the Iberian Peninsula to Mexico, and greater Mexico of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands.

Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is interested in literary, vernacular, social, and environmental justice initiatives for underrepresented communities. She co-directed the pilot program Biocultural Diversity and Social Justice in Ecuador (2013) and taught in the Conexiones summer immersion program in Granada, Nicaragua (2012) with the University of New Mexico. She has extensive teaching and supervising experience in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Programs at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.

At the University of Arizona, she was the Interim Director for the Spanish department's International Internship (SPAN 493) and collaborated with La Universidad de La Rioja, Spain (2021). This virtual exchange program worked towards the United Nations "Envision 2030" Sustainable Development Initiative. Specifically, it focused on Immigration in relation to the UN's sustainable development goal, "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions."

Currently, Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is teaching Latin American Film and Spanish Conversation and Composition. Cross-listed between the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she will also be teaching the graduate seminar: "Tracing the Feminine Narrative Voice: Trans-Atlantic and Hemispheric Perspectives" and the undergraduate course, "Mexican World Cultures" (Spring 2024).
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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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Jesse Louis Pinero

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

English / Spanish bilingual (lifelong) Meticulous and detail-oriented
Proficient in Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes Knowledge of the Automotive Industry.

Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Spanish Pedagogy

Graduate Teaching Assistant 
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Juan Andres Pizzani Ochoa

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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Connor Christopher Ploetz

Work Study Student, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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Adriana Prieto Quintero

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Student in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati, with an M.A in Literature and a bachelor’s degree in Education and Literature. She has experience in the fields of Children’s Literature, Popular Education, and Latin American literature.  She has worked as a writer and researcher for Fe y Alegría -Popular Educational Research Center and as manager of the Children’s Literature Department at Zulia State Public Library “María Calcaño” in Venezuela.
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Leila Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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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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Armando Romero

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

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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Karen Isela Rosen-Guevara

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Born and raised in Usulutan, El Salvador. Recent college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati. Aiming to enhance my academic experience and knowledge of the language, cultural awareness, and history to successfully work with organizations and/or agencies seeking to help our immigrant families. 4+ years of professional interpretation and translation experience. Worked with multiple organizations to intensify the attention on human rights and resources.
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Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama

Associate Professor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

3314 French Hall


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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Olga Sanz Casasnovas

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Olga Sanz holds a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Zaragoza (2019). In 2021, she finished a Spanish MA at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently in her second year of a Spanish Ph.D., working as a TA for this same department and as the editorial assistant of Cincinnati Romance Review. 

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Siusan Victoria Sinclair

Associate Educator Professor, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

719C Old Chemistry Building


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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Grace Thome

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

728G Old Chemistry Building


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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Kenneth C. Totten

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



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Nicasio Urbina

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


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.
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Patricia Valladares-Ruiz

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



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).
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Antony Jan Carlo Varela

Graduate Assistant, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Current Basic Spanish Language instructor at the University of Cincinnnati. As an editorial services consultant, Jan Varela has vast experience in Spanish language editing, English-Spanish translation, and developmental editing and consulting. Committed to human rights, gender equity, and respect for diversity, he has worked as an editor, interpreter, historian and communications specialist for various nonprofit organizations, international cooperation agencies and humanitarian action programs, such as the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.
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Michele E Vialet

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

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).

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Catherine L White

Assoc Professor - Educator, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures



Associate Professor - Educator

Dr. White teaches French language, literature, theatre, culture and film. She has been awarded the Darwin Turner Teaching Award twice, and was nominated for the Dolly Cohen Excellence in Teaching Award.  Her 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 and Arabic Languages and Literatures. She has published, presented and organized panels on French and Francophone film. Her interest in film as an artifact of social relevance combines with students' love of and fascination with international cinema, French and francophone cultures and language.

Dr. White is currently teaching first and second year language courses and a new course, "La Chanson en français" - Songs in French - (FREN 3050).


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: French and Francophone film studies. 

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

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Rebecca Williamson

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

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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.
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Carla Rita Wysokinski

Instructor - Adj Ann, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

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