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Faculty Research Interests

Joshua Bonzo

Dr. Bonzo is a Clinical Associate Professor of German (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2005). His research interests focus primarily on foreign language writing, and how output is influenced both autonomously as well as by instructional convention. His studies include extensive backgrounds in second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. Dr. Bonzo is also deeply interested in comparative and historical Germanic linguistics.  His publications have focused most recently on both student writing production, as well as teacher writing training and methods.

Sabine Davis

Ms. Davis is a Clinical Associate Professor of French (M.A. in English/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Oklahoma State University 1995). She specializes in the development of curriculum for professional French language courses and the teaching of professional language. Her research interests include the use of technology in teaching languages and the origin and development of “Francophonie” since WWII.

Joan Grenier-Winther
Dr. Grenier-WInther is the Matteson Distinguished Professor of French (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 1991). Her research is centered on editing and translating the love complaint poetry of late medieval French knights (14th and 15th centuries), including a  critical edition of the works of Jean de Werchin, sénéchal de Hainaut (Montreal: Editions CERES, 1996), and of the Savoyard knight-poet, Oton de Granson (Paris: Editions Honoré Champion, 2008, and Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University, 2016). Her current project is an edition and English translation of three late medieval love complaints: La Belle dame qui eut mercy, Le Dialogue d’amoureux et de sa dame, and Le Serviteur sans guerdon.

Mike Hubert
Dr. Hubert is an Associate Professor of Spanish (Ph.D. Purdue University, 2008). His general areas of research interest include second language acquisition, general Spanish linguistics, and translation studies. His primary research interests lie within the scope of second language acquisition studies, with special emphasis on language production. His dissertation (May 2008) investigated the relationship between speaking and writing proficiencies among U.S. university Spanish language students, and this topic continues to guide much of his current research. He is also working to develop an autonomous theory of foreign language writing, since U.S. high school and university foreign language teaching currently has no writing theories of its own.

Jolyon Hughes

Dr. Hughes is a Professor of the German language through the advanced, undergraduate level. Areas of interest encompass all areas of German(ic) Medieval literature as well as the history of language, business German, and translation studies. He is webmaster and treasurer for the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German (SCALG). Dr. Hughes received his B.A. degree form Illinois State University (1994), M.A. degree from Colorado State University (1997), and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida (2002). Subsequently, Dr. Hughes received the Core Business Competencies Certification from Colorado State University (2012) and is currently working on an M.S. degree in Public Relations, with specialization in management/marketing, also at CSU. He has published four books with work in German medieval literature, translation, and biographical studies. He is currently working on a project dealing with E.T.A. Hoffmann/der Sandmann.

Xinmin Liu
Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale in 1997 and has since taught courses on Chinese language, literature and culture at Trinity, Wesleyan, Yale and the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research are chiefly cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, dealing with subjects of ethical, aesthetic and environmental importance. Author of many published journal articles, he has given numerous lectures at academic and professional meetings, and his book on themes intersecting personal growth, education and ethnic and cultural identities of modern China is under contract with Brill. He has lately undertaken ecocritical studies of literature, art and culture in the context of the global development. His recent publications have focused on the dynamic process interfacing the human subject with local communal living and biophysical environs environs. He is now teaching Chinese literature, culture and films at WSU. 

Francisco Manzo-Robledo

Dr. Manzo-Robledo is a Professor of Spanish whose research interests include Spanish Latin American literature, cinema and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University (1997) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Structures from Washington State University (1980). He has presented at numerous conferences and published essays on diverse literature texts from Latin America and Spain; cinema from Latin America. His published works include a short novel, a collection of short stories, Homophobic Discourses in Mexican Literature, Colonial Discourses, From Spanish Romance to Mexican Corridos, Hernán Cortés and his (second) Trial of Residency (English and Spanish version), The 1692 pulque Tumult in Mexico City, and Translation: Albert Einstein’s life. At present, he is writing a book about the Pecado Nefando in colonial Latin America.

Vilma Navarro-Daniels

Dr. Navarro-Daniels is an Associate Professor of Spanish. Her research interests bridge the different fields she holds a degree in: Literature and Film Studies, Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Pedagogy. Her scholarly work focuses on the relationship between political, social, cultural, and economic transformations and their literary and cinematic representations. She has published on Peninsular Spanish novel, short fiction, film, and theater, as well as on Latin American film and popular culture related genres such as TV series and comics. Her approach to literature, film, and other cultural products includes theories about gender, ethnicity, human rights, religion, dictatorship, transition to democracy, late capitalism, and genres, among others.

Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi
Dr. Rodriguez-Vivaldi is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Global Education for the College of Arts and Sciences.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in 1989. Her research interests include Contemporary Latin American Literature, Film and Culture; and Spanish Film and Culture. She has published and lectured internationally on film and literature, theater, and hybrid genre topics. Dr. Rodriguez-Vivaldi received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service in International Activities Award in 2017.