Faculty and Staff

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 century Spanish and French literature, focusing on the intersection of gender constructions, 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


MarĂ­a M. 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


Maria Carreira

Laura Ceia

Associate Professor of French & International Studies
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
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
The Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies
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)


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Nele Hempel-Lamer

Professor of German
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998
20th-Century German Literature and Culture, Contemporary Austrian Studies, Feminism, Service Learning, and Community Engagement.

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


Claire Martin

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


Markus Muller

Department Chair

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

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Aparna Nayak

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


Najib Redouane

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


Enrico Vettore

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.



RGRLL Emeriti Faculty

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Jutta Birmele

Harold Cannon

Carlo Chiarenza

Stephen Fleck

Jean Jacques Jura

Shirley Mangini

Leslie Nord

Alex Rainof

Harold Schefski


RGRLL Language Program

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Markus Muller, Ph.D,

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

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Alessandro F. Russo

Administrative Analyst/Specialist

Cindy Tovar

Administrative Support Coordinator I

Ryan Roman

Administrative Support Assistant I