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  1. Erez Naaman, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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

  2. Jacques Nalabandian, Instructor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Place of birth: Aleppo, Syria. Studied in Cyprus, France, Italy, Germany and Syria. Teaching: United States Air Force Academy (1986-91); The Catholic University of America(1999-2000); American University (2001-Present). Languages: Arabic, Armenian, F… More

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    (202) 885-3771

  3. Amy Oliver, Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion

    CAS - 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

  4. Jisook Paik, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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

  5. William Quirk, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Dr. Quirk has 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 project, ti… More

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    (202) 885-6316

  6. Daniele Rodamar, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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

  7. Olga Rojer, Associate Professor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Olga Rojer is Director of the German Studies program. Her 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 Cr… More

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    (202) 885-2139

  8. Carmen Ruzza, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Professor Carmen Helena Ruzza received her undergraduate degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Conservatorio Lino Gallardo. She obtained a M.A in Latin American literature from University of Maryland and… More

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    (202) 885-2008

  9. Ana Serra, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Author of The New Man in Cuba: Culture and Identity in the Revolution (2007), on representations of model revolutionary identities in Cuban literature, during the formative decade of the Cuban revolution. A second book in preparation, tentatively… More

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    (202) 885-2384

  10. Hye Young Shin, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Shin received her Ph.D. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education from George Mason University and Master’s degree in TESOL from American University. As a native Korean, she has taught both heritage and non-heritage students in a variety of set… More

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  11. Gemma Sune Minguella, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    This dissertation (published as a book by the Centro cultural de la Generacion del 27, Malaga, Spain) is a deep and meticulous reconstruction of the philosophy of one of the poets of the Spanish Generation of ’27 who has always been deemed to be “dif… More

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    (202) 885-6923

  12. Christine Van Berten, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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

  13. Nuria Vilanova, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor

    CAS-World Lang and 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

  14. Polina Vinogradova, Director of TESOL Program

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Vinogradova is interested in the use of digital technology, specifically digital stories, in language education and in postmethod pedagogy and advocacy in language teacher development. Her recent research focuses on the role of a pedagogy of mult… More

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    (202) 885-1446

  15. Brenda Werth, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

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

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    (202) 885-1449

  16. Kim Pulford, Budget Coordinator

    Ctr for Teaching, Research and Learning

    After graduating from Saint Joseph's University in 2012 and teaching English in Malaysia as a Fulbright in 2013, Kim joined American University in March of 2014. She received a Master of Arts Degree in International Training and Education at American… More

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    (202) 885-6818

  17. Tonia Wind, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Wind joined the faculty of the Department of World Languages and Cultures in 2015 as the Portuguese Language Program Coordinator and Professorial Lecturer of Portuguese and Spanish. Prior to coming to AU, Professor Wind held the position of Assis… More

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    (202) 885-6880

  18. Svetlana Xu, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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) 885-2262

  19. Xiaoli Zhang, Instructor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

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    (202) 885-2293

  20. Xiaoquan Zhang, Assistant Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    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