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Alfaro, Raquel

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish


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Beljanski, Tanja

  • Lecturer in German
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Bernardi, Joanne

  • Professor of Japanese and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Head, Japanese Program
    Project Director, Re-Envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th C. Visual and Material Culture


Interests: Japanese cinema and culture, especially popular culture; film and media studies; visual and material culture; moving image archiving and preservation; travel and tourism studies; nuclear culture; digital humanities; ephemera studies; object-based learning

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Bridges, William H., IV

  • Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities
    Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures

Interests: Modern Japanese language, literature, and culture; Race and ethnicity in modern Japanese literature and culture; Contemporary Japanese popular culture, especially anime; 20th-century African American literature; Literary theory, especially African American literary theory and the theory of the novel; Translation (theory and practice); Rhetoric and composition; Digital Humanities

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Brown, Michelle Young

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish
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Bykov, Dmitrii

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian

Interests: Soviet period of Russian history; American true crime fiction; Poetics; Morphology of thriller and suspense


Lisa Cerami

Cerami, Lisa

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German
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Cho, Myounghee

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction in Korean
  • Language Coordinator, Korean

Interests: Language pedagogy; language acquisition; Korean linguistics; socio-pragmatics; curriculum design; development of learning and teaching methodologies and materials

Vialcary Crisóstomo Tejada

Crisóstomo Tejada, Vialcary

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
  • Advisors to Majors, Clusters, Transfers and Study Abroad Credit for Majors and Clusters


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Doran, Robert

  • Professor of French and Comparative Literature
    Affiliate Faculty in Music Theory (Eastman School of Music)
  • Head, French Program
    Head, Comparative Literature Program
    Undergraduate Advisor, French
    Undergraduate Advisor, Comparative Literature


Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture; the novel; continental philosophy; literary theory; aesthetics; intellectual history; European cinema; existentialism


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Givens, Laura

  • Professor of Instruction in Russian
  • Language Coordinator, Russian

Interests: Russian language; translation

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Givens, John

  • Professor of Russian
  • Head, Russian Program

Interests: Russian language and literature; Russian film; translation

Susan Gustafson

Gustafson, Susan E.

  • Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies
    Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Head, German Program
    Director, Literary Translation Studies (MALTS)


Interests: German literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; feminism and gender studies; psychoanalysis


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Hardy, Shizuka

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Japanese
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Hwang, June J.

  • Associate Professor of German
  • Director, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Interests: Twentieth-century film; literature and critical theory


Cilas Kemedjio

Kemedjio, Cilas

  • Professor of French

Interests: Francophone Caribbean and African literary and cultural studies; postcolonial theory; transnational black studies; humanitarianism

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Komocki, Kirt

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish

Interests: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish theatre, particularly the works of Nicolás and Leandro Fernández de Moratín, and Ramón de la Cruz); nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Spanish poetry

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Korn, Andrew

  • Lecturer in Italian


Interests: Modern culture and critical theories, particularly twentieth-century Italian literature and cinema, and issues of revolution and of bonds between men


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LeFebvre, Jesse

  • Assistant Professor of Japanese

Interests: Premodern Japanese literature and culture; East Asian Buddhism; Shinto; Christianity in Japan; Japanese Illustrated Narrative Scrolls; Translation (theory and practice); Myth and Legend; Ritual and Religious Practice; Secularity and Modernity

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Logan, Donna

  • Director, Anne Moore and Arnold Lisio Italian Studies Programs in Arezzo and Procida, Italy


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Maslennikov, Nikita

  • Adjunct Instructor of Russian
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Maslennikova, Anna

  • Professor of Instruction in Russian
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Murano, Teresa

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Italian


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Nasra, Carole

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in French
  • Language Placement Coordinator, French
Keiko Nishioka

Nishioka, Keiko

  • Adjunct Instructor in Japanese


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Papaioannou, Julie

  • Professor of Instruction in French
  • Language Pedagogy Coordinator, French
    Study Abroad Advisor, French

Interests: French language and culture; French and Francophone literature and film (twentieth and twenty-first centuries); French literary translation; French criticism, literary and postcolonial theory

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Pian, Ping

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Chinese
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Prendergast, Ryan

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Chair, Modern Languages and Cultures

Interests: Representations of identity and difference in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and Spanish America


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Rodríguez-Hernández, Raúl

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Program Head, Advisors to Minors, Placement Petitions, Take-Five

Interests: Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Hispanic literatures and cultures; literary theory; Frankfurt School; European philosophical traditions in Latin America; Latin American cinema; the visual arts; the Baroque and Neo-Baroque; the Gothic tradition

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Rojas-Rimachi, Luisa-Maria

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish and Language Education

Interests: Language ideology in higher education; foreign language learning; aesthetic judgment in cultures in contact; contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies; cultural discourse analysis

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Rosensweig, Anna

  • Associate Professor of French and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

Interests: Early modern French literature and culture; Theater and performance studies; Political theory


Rita Safariants

Safariants, Rita

  • Assistant Professor of Russian

Interests: Post-Soviet and contemporary Russian Literature and cinema; Soviet and Russian rock music and unofficial culture

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Schaefer, Claudia

  • Rush Rhees Professor
    Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures
    Professor of Film and Media Studies
  • On Leave Spring 2024
    Advisor to majors, transfers, and study abroad credit

Interests: Nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Hispanic literatures and cultures; Spanish cinema; critical theory; popular culture; the visual arts; Spanish modernity; the culture of science in Spain; surrealism in Spain; digital humanities

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Siniscalco, Federico

  • Adjunct Instructor of Italian (Arezzo)
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Stocchi-Perucchio, Donatella

  • Arnold Lisio ’56, ‘61M (MD) and Anne Moore Lisio, MD Endowed Distinguished Professor in Italian Language and Culture
    Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Head, Italian Program

Interests: Dante; nineteenth-century poetry and prose; fascism


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Taguchi, Yuki

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction in Japanese
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Tamate, Mariko

  • Professor of Instruction in Japanese
  • Language Coordinator, Japanese
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Tian, Guoming

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Chinese

Interests: Chinese language and culture; contemporary Chinese popular culture; Chinese in STEM and business; language teaching and learning pedagogy; curriculum design; language assessment; online teaching and learning


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Valdez, Maria Teresa

  • Director of the Language Center
  • Head, Portuguese Program

Interests: Portuguese language instruction; foreign-language pedagogy; second- and foreign-language acquisition and development; heritage-language acquisition and development; teaching and learning methodologies for foreign, second, and heritage languages; second- and heritage-language learning materials; online language instruction


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Weber, Elizabeth E.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese

Interests: Migration; race; labor; Asian American Studies; modern and late Qing Chinese literature; late Qing nationalism; late Qing history; international trade routes in the Age of Empire

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Wojciechowska, Malgorzata

  • Visiting Instructor of Polish