Faculty by Section
Department Chair: Barbara Riess
* Language Section Head
Sami Alkyam B.A., Yarmouk University, Jordan; M.A., Jordan University of Science and Technology; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Modern Arabic literature and cultural studies; trauma and war novel; Arabic dictator novels; film and television studies; postcolonial and literary translation theory; second language acquisition (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language)
*Reem Hilal B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Center for Language and Culture (CLC)
Jill Lewis ASL – American Sign Language
Jennifer Franz B.S., Edinboro University; M.A., Hunter College. TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
*Xiaoling Shi B.A., Hubei University; M.A., Wuhan University; Ph.D., The University of Arizona. Modern Chinese Literature, Contemporary Chinese-language Cinema, and Cultural Studies.
Chih-Jung Chen B.A. (Economics), National Chengchi University. International travel and culture, education.
*Briana Lewis B.A., Furman University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 19th-century literature, narrative and narrative forms, women in literature.
Laura Reeck B.A., Saint Olaf College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University. Postcolonial literary categories; the banlieue cultural field; the harkis in literature; guerrilla film, the extreme contemporary.
Jan Starczewski B.A., University of Nice; M.A., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison. French Enlightenment, European intellectual and religious history.
*Julia Ludewig B.A., University of Frankfurt/Oder; M.A., University of Freiburg; Ph.D., Binghamton University. Literary theory and history of literary criticism, graphic novels, pedagogy of current issues in German politics and culture.
Latin & Classical Studies
*Judson Herrman B.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Harvard University. Classical Athenian literature, Greek and Roman oratory and rhetoric, Greek and Roman historians.
Robin Orttung B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Boston University; A.B.D., Boston University. Roman comedy, Roman republican literature, Greek and Latin epic.
Verónica Dantán B.A., Pomona College; M.A., A.B.D., University of Wisconsin Madison. Border and global studies, latino/a literature and culture.
Wilfredo Hernández B.A., Universidad Central de Venezuela; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Modern Spanish-American poetry, fiction and essay; gender studies, Hispanic cinema.
*Teresa Herrera-de la Muela B.A., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Theatre of the 19th and 20th centuries, popular culture.
Barbara Riess B.A., M.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Arizona State University. 20th-century Latin American culture, literature of the Cuban Revolution, Latin American women’s literature, translation studies, feminist and postmodern debates.
Nancy Smith B.A., M.A., Allegheny College. Contemporary culture of Spain and France, applied linguistics, bilingualism.
Linda C. DeMeritt B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., University of Illinois; Ph.D., Michigan State University.
Courtenay Dodge B.A., Juniata College; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Modern French poetry; generative grammar.
Peter Ensberg B.A., Universität Köln; M.A., Universität Trier; Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz. Aesthetic theory, 19th- and 20th-century literature.
James C. Hogan B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University. Classical Studies.
Karen Richter B.A., M.A. Syracuse University. Center for Language and Culture.
Jochen Richter Philosophicum, Kiel University; M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University. German language, 20th-century German literature; applied linguistics.
Mary C. Wagner B.A., Louisiana State University; M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University. French language and Francophone studies.
Phillip Wolfe B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University.
The Legacy of Dr. Blair Hanson
Blair Hanson was Professor of French at Allegheny for forty-two years (1939-81), and chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages for over a quarter of a century (1954-81). Her bequest to the Department, together with additional funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Allegheny College, created the Language Learning Center (LLC) in 1998, in renovated space on the third floor of Ruter Hall, a classroom building on the National Register of Historical Places.
This space currently accommodates a high-tech classroom, two workstations with printers open to all students, several offices, and restrooms, as well as a lounge/reading area with a television and media player. Future plans include equipping the lounge with a larger screen wall-mount television to stream content from around the globe.
The spirit of Dr. Hanson lives on as we continuously strive to improve facilities in the department she loved and served so well.