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Faculty and Staff


María M. CarreiraMaria Carreira

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

Laura CeiaDr. Laura Ceia-Minjares

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


Alicia del Campo

Professor of Spanish
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 Advisor
Ph.D. UCLA, 1987
The Enlightenment and Romanticism in France and Italy

Bonnie GasiorDr. Bonnie Gasior

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


Daniel Herrera Cepero

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

Jeffrey High

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.

Claire Martin

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

Markus Muller

Markus Muller

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


Aparna Nayak

Associate Professor of French
French Program Director
French Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2006
20th century France; literature of Fascism and the Resistance; Literature, History, and Memory.


Alex Rainof

Associate 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.

Harold Schefski

Harold Schefski

Professor of Russian
Russian Program Director and Undergraduate Advisor
Ph.D. Stanford University, l976
Russian language, literature, film and cultural studies

Vettore Picture 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.

Language Program Coordinator

Cedric_Oliva Cedric Joseph Oliva

Language Program Coordinator
Lecturer of French and Italian

LOTE Coordinator

Cynthia Leathers

LOTE Coordinator


Alessandro F. Russo

Administrative Support Coordinator II

Danielle Young

Administrative Support Assistant II