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RGRLL Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

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Jeannette Acevedo Rivera

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. in Romance Studies, Duke University, 2014
Nineteenth and twentieth-century Spanish and French literature, and research focusing on the intersection of gender, material culture, and notions of writing and collection.


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Robert Blankenship

Assistant Professor of German
Ph.D. in German, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century German literature and cinema, and East German literature


María M. Carreira

Professor of Spanish
Spanish Program Director
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990
Phonology, Spanish in the US, Sociolinguistics, Heritage languages, Educational linguistics


Maria Carreira

Laura Ceia

Associate Professor of French
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2005
Contemporary France (nouvelles francophonies, intellectual history, contemporary European literature, French and European cinema)


Dr. Laura Ceia-Minjares

Alicia del Campo

Professor of Spanish
Spanish Graduate Advisor
Ph.D. University of Califorina, Irvine, 1998
Latin American Literature and Culture, Latin American Theater, Cultural Studies in Latin America, Literature and Human Rights,
Memory, Politics and Theatre.



Clorinda Donato

Professor of French and Italian
The George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies
Italian Studies Program Director and Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Ph.D. UCLA, 1987
The Enlightenment and Romanticism in France and Italy



Bonnie Gasior

Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. Purdue University, 2001
Early Modern Spain and Colonial Spanish America (subaltern studies, travel literature, theater)


Dr. Bonnie Gasior

Daniel Herrera Cepero

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. University of California at Davis, 2014
20th century avant-garde poetry and film.



Jeffrey High

Professor of German
German Program Director and Graduate Advisor
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2001
18th century German Literature, Revolution, Aesthetic Theory, and Moral Philosophy.


Jeffrey High

Claire Martin

Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. Yale University, 1988
Ninetenth-century Latin American studies, gender studies, contemporary Argentinean literature.


Markus Muller

Associate Professor of French
Department Chair
French Program Director & Graduate Advisor
Ph.D. UCLA, 1998
Teaching Methodology (TA training), Second Language Acquisition, 19th Cent. French literature (the novel and the fantastic)

Markus Muller


Aparna Nayak

Associate Professor of French
RGRLL Undergraduate Advisor (French, German & Spanish)
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2006
20th century France; literature of Fascism and the Resistance; Literature, History, and Memory.


Alex Rainof

Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1969
Translation and interpretation with special emphasis on interpretation for the Federal Courts and the California Courts and State Agencies. Interdisciplinary Studies, XIX and XX Centuries in Comparative, French, Spanish, and Anglo-American Literatures.



Najib Redouane

Professor of French
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1999
Francophone literatures with emphasis on northern Africa.


Enrico Vettore

Associate Professor of Italian
Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2005
19th and 20th century Italian Literature; Italian Cinema; Literature and philosophy,
Literature and Ethics; Jungian Literary criticism.


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RGRLL Emeriti Faculty

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Jutta Birmele

Harold Cannon

Carlo Chiarenza

Stephen Fleck

Jean Jacques Jura

Shirley Mangini

Leslie Nord

Harold Schefski


RGRLL Language Program

Faculty Information

Nicolas Bordage

Language Program Coordinator


RGRLL LOTE/Single-Subject Credential Program

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Cynthia Leathers

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/Single-Subject Credential Coordinator


RGRLL Administrative Support Staff

Staff Information

Alessandro F. Russo

Administrative Support Coordinator II

Cindy Tovar

Administrative Support Assistant II