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Erez Naaman

Erez Naaman

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Assistant Professor

Naaman’s research interests include Arabic language, literature, and culture in the medieval and Pre-Modern Islamic world and the intellectual history of this period.

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202-885-2468
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Jacques Nalabandian

Jacques Nalabandian

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Instructor

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202-885-3771
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Amy Oliver

Amy Oliver

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Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion

Professor Oliver's teaching and research on Latin America explore philosophical topics such as marginality, feminism, nepantlismo, and transfronterismo. She works on the Hispanic essay of ideas and Latin American narrative. She has lived in Mexico, A... [More]

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202-885-2140
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Jisook Paik

Jisook Paik

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jisook Paik’s research interests include SLA, language education planning, cross-cultural communication and culture in bilingual education, and qualitative methods in classroom-based research. Before she joined AU as a TESOL faculty member, she w... [More]

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202-885-6843
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Lauren Pav

Lauren Pav

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Senior Administrative Assistant

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202-885-2394
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Courtney Pollack

Courtney Pollack

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Adjunct Instructor

Courtney Pollack joined World Languages and Cultures in 2012 as the Program Advisor for the department. Courtney received her BA in French and her MA in French Studies from New York University. Her primary academic interest lies in the study of Occup... [More]

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202-885-1452
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Kim Pulford

Kim Pulford

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Administrative Assistant

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202-885-2381
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William Quirk

William Quirk

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Quirk has general research interests in German, English and French from Romanticism to the present. Within German he focuses on both the Age of Goethe and Modernism, with special emphasis given to Kleist, Nietzsche and Kafka. His present book pro... [More]

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202-885-6316
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Rosalind Roberts-Kohno

Rosalind Roberts-Kohno

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Professorial Lecturer

Ruth has a PhD in theoretical linguistics from the Ohio State University (OSU), and an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University. At OSU, she spent 10 years training international teaching assistants in the Spoken English Program. She has also t... [More]

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202-885-6845
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Daniele Rodamar

Daniele Rodamar

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Associate Professor

A native speaker of French, Professor Rodamar's research interests include 16th- and 17th-century French literature, the history of ideas, international studies, and language teaching and methodology. Her publications include articles on Montaigne, i... [More]

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202-885-2389
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Olga Rojer

Olga Rojer

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Associate Professor

Olga Rojer’s teaching interests include modern German literature and film, literary translation, and Dutch Caribbean studies. Her recent research has emphasized the subaltern literature of the Caribbean Creole language Papiamentu and post colonial li... [More]

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202-885-2139
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Carmen Ruzza

Carmen Ruzza

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Instructor

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202-885-2008
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Ana Serra

Ana Serra

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Associate Professor

Author of The New Man in Cuba: Culture and Identity in the Revolution (2007), Serra's research and teaching dwells on the relationship between politics, aesthetics and ideology in Latin America, particularly during the era that started with the Cuban... [More]

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202-885-2384
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Younghee Sheen

Younghee Sheen

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Sheen received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham (UK). She holds an MA and EdM in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her main research interest is instructed second language acquisition.... [More]

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202-885-2247
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Sadibou Sow

Sadibou Sow

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Professorial Lecturer

After graduating from l’Université Gaston Berger de St-Louis in Senegal, Sadibou Sow received an M.A. in French from The University of Montana-Missoula and a Ph.D. in French Studies from Rice University in Houston, TX. His research interests include ... [More]

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202-885-6316
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Gemma Sune Minguella

Gemma Sune Minguella

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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Christine Van Berten

Christine Van Berten

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Professorial Lecturer

Christine van Berten teaches French and Francophone cultures, Literature and French language at university level in Europe and the United States for over 15 years. After a ten-year career as a Professor of Odontology and a scientist, she received a s... [More]

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202-885-2157
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Nuria Vilanova

Nuria Vilanova

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Assistant Professor and Associate Dept Chair, World Languages & Cultures

Núria Vilanova teaches Latin American Culture, Literature and Cinema. Her research is devoted to the impact of social change and migration on cultural production. She works on textual and cinematic narratives of violence, inequality and poverty, part... [More]

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202-885-2393
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Polina Vinogradova

Polina Vinogradova

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Director of TESOL Program

Dr. Vinogradova is an applied linguist interested in the use of digital technology in language education and in identity negotiation in multimodal personal narratives. Her recent research focuses on the development of multiliteracies and pedagogical ... [More]

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202-885-1446
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Brenda Werth

Brenda Werth

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Associate Professor

Brenda Werth's research interests include Latin American theatre, performance, memory studies, and translation. She is author of the book Theatre, Performance, and Memory Politics in Argentina (Palgrave 2010); co-editor (with Paola Hernández and Flor... [More]

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202-885-1449
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Svetlana Xu

Svetlana Xu

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Xu has an extensive background as a linguist in both Chinese and Russian, with an emphasis in the areas of philosophy, literature, culture and communication.Possessing an impressive academic background, Dr Xu has degrees that include a PhD from t... [More]

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202-885-2293
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Xiaoli Zhang

Xiaoli Zhang

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Instructor

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202-885-2293
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Xiaoquan Zhang

Xiaoquan Zhang

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Assistant Professor

Xiaoquan Raphael Zhang received his PhD in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research field is literature and culture of late imperial China, in particular literati and family literature/culture o... [More]

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202-885-2376
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