Leadership & Administration

Brenda Werth Associate Professor and Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures

Brenda Werth’s research interests include Latin American theater, performance, documentary film, memory studies, human rights, gender, social movements, and translation. She teaches courses on Latin A

  werth@american.edu

  (202) 885-1449

Erez Naaman Associate Professor and Department Associate Chair, World Languages & 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.

  naaman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2468

Language Program Directors

  • Arabic: Erez Naiman, Director
    George Berg, Associate Director
  • French: Naima Hachad, Director
    Solange Garnier-Fox, Associate Director
    Elizabeth Lang, Director of French Translation Certificate
  • Russian: Alina Israeli, Director of Russian Translation Certificate
  • Spanish: Luis Cerezo, Director
    Lilian Baeza, Associate Director
    Amy Oliver, Director of Spanish and Latin American Studies MA
    Julia Isaac, Director of Spanish Translation Certificate
  • Academic Advising for Lanuages: Ryan Cassidy, Program Advisor

All World Languages & Cultures Faculty

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Lilian Baeza-Mendoza Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Lilian Baeza-Mendoza, Associate Director of the Spanish Language Program, is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and assessing curriculum for Spanish language courses at the elementary

  baezamen@american.edu

  (202) 885-2383

Naomi S. Baron Prof Emerita

Professor Baron is interested in language and technology, reading, the relationship between speech and writing, the history of English, and higher education. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fell

  (202) 885-2455

George Berg Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Berg has served as a faculty advisor for the Arabic Club and faculty supervisor for visiting Fulbright student teaching assistants for the past two years. His teaching and research interests

  berg@american.edu

  (202) 885-2382

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Carmen Cacho Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Carmen Cacho has a PhD in Contemporary European Studies. She has taught language courses at the universities of Denver, Washington and Georgetown. She is interested in Spanish culture and contempo

  cacho@american.edu

  (202) 885-6287

Jie Cai Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Jie Cai received his BA in Chinese from Shanghai Normal University in China and his MA and MLS from the University of Iowa. Prior to AU, he had taught all levels of Chinese for over 16 years at school

  jcai@american.edu

  (202) 885-6922

Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Cavaceppi teaches various levels of Italian at American University, including beginner, intermediate, advanced conversation & composition, and cultural topics courses. As Director of the Ita

  ranieri@american.edu

  (202) 885-1468

Luis Cerezo- Ceballos Associate Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Cerezo is a professor of applied linguistics and the director of the Spanish language program at American University. He has been a consultant for institutions like the Fulbright Commission and Be

  cerezoce@american.edu

  (202) 885-6277

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Ludy Grandas Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Ludy Grandas’ research interests include issues of national identity in Latin America and in the Hispanic communities in the U.S. Her teaching interests include the Studies of Culture in Latin America

  grandas@american.edu

  (202) 885-2434

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Naima Hachad Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Hachad's research interests include questions of language, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, and the representation of violence in Maghrebi and Caribbean cultural productions. She has explor

  hachad@american.edu

  (202) 885-1458

Consuelo Hernandez Associate Professor CAS-World Lang and Cultures

Professor Consuelo Hernández taught courses on Creative Writing in Spanish, 20th century Latin American Literature, Central America Cultural Studies, Colombia and Afro-Latin America Culture and Music.

  chdez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2345

Esther Holtermann Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Holtermann is interested in immigration, day labor and the Latino community. She teaches language and topic courses in Spanish at American University, and is currently the assistant director

  eholter@american.edu

  (202) 885-2390

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Julia Isaac Instructor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Julia obtained two BAs; English Teaching and English-Spanish Translation at the Instituto Superior del Profesorado No. 8 in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina. She held an English for Specific Purposes

  jisaac@american.edu

  (202) 885-2345

Alina Israeli Associate Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Israeli received her PhD in Slavic Linguistics from Yale University. Prior to coming to the United States she received a BA equivalent in Russian Language and Literature from Leningrad State

  aisrael@american.edu

  (202) 885-2387

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Karina Jeronimides Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Karina Jeronimides Krilla was born in South America but was raised in Italy and France. She speaks five languages fluently and has lived and studied in Europe, South America and the United S

  karina@american.edu

  (202) 885-6374

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Rana Kateeb Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Kateeb, Arabic Language Instructor, has a BA in English for Specific Purposes and an MA in Applied Linguistic from Jordan University of Science and Technology. She has previously taught vari

  kateeb@american.edu

  (202) 885-6339

Tabitha Kidwell Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Tabitha Kidwell is a language teacher and teacher educator interested in the role of culture in language teaching, how students develop intercultural competence, and the ways teachers are prepared to

  tkidwell@american.edu

Kenneth Knight Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Interests: L2 Japanese phonology; minority languages of Japan; diaspora and language attrition; minority languages and national language policy

  knight@american.edu

  (202) 885-6337

Sarah Knowles Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Sarah Young Knowles specializes in second language acquisition, language teaching methods and teacher education, and instructional design. She earned her doctorate in applied linguistics at Georgetown

  syoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2130

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Elizabeth Lang Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Elizabeth Lang has taught French language courses at AU since 1991. Her primary interest is in political, economic, social and cultural issues in Francophone Africa, and international development. She

  elang@american.edu

  (202) 885-2342

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Juliana Martinez Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and US Latino context. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence rece

  jmartinez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2586

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Erez Naaman Associate Professor and Department Associate Chair, World Languages & Cultures CAS - World Languages 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.

  naaman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2468

Jacques Nalabandian Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Research Interests: Factors influencing the 19th Century Arab Literary Revivalism in the Levant; Ottoman influence on Arab culture and language (15th-19th centuries); Arabic morphology, syntax and pho

  jnalaban@american.edu

  (202) 885-3771

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Amy Oliver Associate Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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 La

  aoliver@american.edu

  (202) 885-2140

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William Quirk Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages 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,

  quirk@american.edu

  (202) 885-6769

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Daniele Rodamar Associate Professor CAS - World Languages 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.

  rodamar@american.edu

  (202) 885-2389

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 empha

  orojer@american.edu

  (202) 885-2139

Carmen Ruzza Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages 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 A

  ruzza@american.edu

  (202) 885-2008

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Ana Serra Associate Prof Emerita

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 revolut

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 heri

  hshin@american.edu

  (202) 885-1513

Gemma Sune Minguella Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Prof. Suñé Minguella teaches Spanish language, literature and cinema. Her areas of interest focus on the relationship between poetry and philosophy, as well as literary and film criticism.

  suneming@american.edu

  (202) 885-6923

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Amelia Tseng Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Amelia Tseng is Assistant Professor in World Languages and Cultures. Her research addresses how language shapes and is shaped by identity across immigrant generations in Latinx diasporic contexts,

  tseng@american.edu

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Christine Van Berten French Language Program Coordinator and Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages 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 Profess

  cvberten@american.edu

  (202) 885-6008

Nuria Vilanova Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor CAS - World Languages 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 na

  vilanova@american.edu

  (202) 885-2393

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Brenda Werth Associate Professor and Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Brenda Werth’s research interests include Latin American theater, performance, documentary film, memory studies, human rights, gender, social movements, and translation. She teaches courses on Latin A

  werth@american.edu

  (202) 885-1449

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Svetlana Xu Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages 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 bac

  sxu@american.edu

  (202) 885-2262

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Xiaoquan Zhang Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages 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, culture, and history of late imperial C

  xrzhang@american.edu

  (202) 885-2376