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  1. Lilian Baeza-Mendoza, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Professor Lilian Baeza-Mendoza is a native of Chile, but she has spent most of her life in the US. She holds a BA from George Mason University and a MS from Georgetown University. During her years as an educator, she has focused on Golden Age Theater… More

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    (202) 885-2383

  2. Naomi S. Baron, Exec Dir, Ctr for Teaching, Research and Learning and Professor of Linguistics

    Centr Teach Research Learning

    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 Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center fo… More

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    (202) 885-2455

  3. Julia Belopolsky, Instructor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

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    (202) 885-6302

  4. George Berg, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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 include empirical research in applied linguistics… More

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    (202) 885-2382

  5. Carmen Cacho, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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 contemporary political and economic issues in Spain and Eu… More

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    (202) 885-6287

  6. Jie Cai, Instructor

    CAS-World Lang 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 been teaching all levels of Chinese for over 16 years at schools including Harvard University, Duke Univer… More

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  7. Ryan Cassidy, Program Advisor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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    (202) 885-1452

  8. Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Professor Cavaceppi teaches various levels of Italian at American University, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced conversation and composition courses. As the primary instructor at AU, Professor Cavaceppi supervises the independent study p… More

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    (202) 885-1468

  9. Luis Cerezo- Ceballos, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Dr. Cerezo designs, evaluates, and implements audiovisual technology for second language learning. He is the author of Talking to Avatars, a computerized tutor that allows students to learn Spanish by interacting with pre-filmed actors. His research … More

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    (202) 885-6277

  10. Gorky Cruz, Adjunct Instructor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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    (202) 885-2374

  11. Solange Garnier-Fox, French Program Coordinator and Instructor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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    (202) 885-6925

  12. Chip Gerfen, Professor and Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

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    (202) 885-2385

  13. Ethan Goss-Alexander, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - World Lang. Cultures

    Ethan is the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures in CAS. Ethan is also pursuing their MA in Game Design through American University's Game Lab. A game/audio designer-in-training, Ethan's interests include: ac… More

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    (202) 885-2394

  14. Ludy Grandas, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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, the Studies of Culture in Hispanic populations i… More

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    (202) 885-2434

  15. Naima Hachad, Assistant Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Research: Hachad’s research interests include questions of language, diasporic identities, and representations of the body in Francophone literature and visual arts of the Maghreb and the Caribbean; Postcolonial theory

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    (202) 885-1458

  16. Consuelo Hernandez, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Professor Consuelo Hernández teaches courses on Creative Writing in Spanish, 20th century Latin American Literature, Central America Cultural Studies, Colombia and Afro-Latin America Culture and Music. She is the author of two scholarly books: Alvaro… More

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    (202) 885-2345

  17. Cristina Hernandez Gil de Lamadrid, Instructor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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  18. Esther Holtermann, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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 for the Spanish Elementary Programs. Growing up… More

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    (202) 885-2390

  19. Alina Israeli, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang 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 University. A specialist in both Russian linguist… More

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    (202) 885-2387

  20. Karina Jeronimides, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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 States. She obtained a PhD In French from Yale Univ… More

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    (202) 885-6374

  21. Rana Kateeb, Instructor

    CAS-World Lang 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 various levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine… More

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    (202) 885-6339

  22. Kenneth Knight, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

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

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    (202) 885-6337

  23. 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 University, focusing on metalinguistic awareness … More

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  24. Elizabeth Lang, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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 does extensive freelance translation, interpretat… More

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    (202) 885-2342

  25. Susana Marin, Instructor

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

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  26. Juliana Martinez, Assistant Professor

    CAS-World Lang 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 recent cultural production; and gender and sexuality—p… More

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    (202) 885-2586

  27. 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