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Faculty Achievements in Research & Teaching

Joshua Bonzo
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. He is also deeply interested in comparative and historical Germanic linguistics. Dr. Bonzo is currently working on the development of an index he created for more accurately measuring writing complexity among intermediate German students.

Sabine Davis
Clinic Associate Professor of French (M.A. in English / Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Oklahoma State University 1995; Teaching Certificate with Endorsements in French, German and English as a Second Language, Washington State University 1999) Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition and descriptive linguistics of French.

Joan Grenier-Winther
Professor of French (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park 1991) Her research is centered on editing the lyric poetry of late medieval French knights (14th and 15th centuries), including a  critical edition of the works of Jean de Werchin, snchal de Hainaut (Montreal: Editions CERES, 1996) and of the 14th c. Savoyard knight, Oton de Granson (Paris: Editions Honor Champion, 2008). She is also preparing an online edition of the anonymous late medieval poem, “La Belle dame qui eut mercy.” 

Mike Hubert
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.

Xinmin Liu
Xinmin Liu received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale in 1997 and has since taught courses on Chinese language, literature and culture at Trinity, Wesleyan, Yale and University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research are chiefly cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, dealing with society vs. culture, text vs. visuality, and humanity vs. social sciences. 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 intense studies of humanist ecology 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 geological environs. He is now teaching Chinese literature, culture and films at WSU. 

Francisco Manzo-Robledo
Professor of Spanish (Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1997.) His research interests include the Spanish Latin American literature, cinema and culture. He has published and given conference presentations on diverse literature texts from Latin America and Spain, as well as cinema from Latin America. He has also written a short novel and a book on Mexican literature (Luis Spota and Jos Revueltas). He is currently at work on a study of the representation of women in the cinema of the Mexican Wars.

Vilma Navarro-Daniels
Associate Professor of Spanish (BA in Philosophy, 1987, Universidad Catlica de Valparaso; MA in Social Sciences, 1996, ILADES and Universit Gregoriana di Roma; MA and PhD in Spanish, 1998/2003, University of Connecticut). Her field of study is Twentieth-Century Peninsular Spanish Literature, Film, and Culture. Her research interests bridge the fields of Literature, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Film Studies. One of her main lines of research dwells on History and its representations in narrative, drama, and cinema. She is interested in discussing the validity of what we call Official History, its mythification as well as its oblivion, either in works whose plots and characters directly resort to historic events or in which we find the loss of memory. In both cases, the reader can perceive a gap between the official version of History and the possibility of interpreting the past through the creation of many new meanings. Manipulation and idealization of the past, parallelism between private and national history, restoration of historical personages, and amnesia are different ways to argue against the idea of a monolithic Spanish History. A second area of research interest that she has developed has to do with the representation of Spanish identity in the Post-Francoist Peninsular Spanish Literature and Film, especially focused on social problems related to the idea of discrimination against any kind of Otherness: African immigrants, homeless people, women, transvestites, drug-addicts, the elderly, etc. She has published on Peninsular Spanish novel, short fiction, film, and theater. 

Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi
Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Global Education. (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, 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.