Faculty & Staff

Arabic & French

Badredine Idrissi-Mojib, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8254
Email: bidriss@bgsu.edu

Chinese

Han Li, M.A.

Position: Language Services Group & Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-2180
Email: hanli@bgsu.edu

Min Yang, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Advisor

Email: ymin@bgsu.edu

Classics, Ancient Greek, Latin

Daniel Schindler, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct instructor

Daniel Schindler received his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2017. His research interest centers on in investigating the “lived experience of antiquity”: in particular, how did ancient peoples express their ethnicity and identity, what was the character of their social and economic systems, and how do we as researchers work towards reconstructing their past? Currently, he is working on a monograph with the title Late Roman Galilee: A Study of the Society and Economy. He teaches courses on Greco-Roman history and culture, mythology, and Rome through the lens of modern text and film.

Nicholas Dee, Ph.D.

Position: Instructor
Email: ndee@bgsu.edu

Nick Dee earned a PhD in Classical Philology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. As an instructor at BGSU, he teaches several Classical Civilization courses, as well as the Classical languages of Greek and Latin. His research interests include ancient historiography, Latin poetry, and ancient slavery studies. He is currently writing several entries for the forthcoming Tacitus Encyclopedia (Wiley-Blackwell Press), the first comprehensive reference work in English to be published on the Roman historian. Additionally, one might encounter Nick attending concerts, becoming a better gluten-free cook, playing tennis, and incessantly brewing tea. 

Jaclyn Hinkle, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: hinkljm@bgsu.edu

Philip S. Peek, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; Department Chair
Phone: 419-372-2468
Email: peekps@bgsu.edu

With a Ph.D. in Classics from Loyola University, Chicago, Phil Peek, since 1995, has been teaching Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Civilization courses at BGSU. He is passionate about all things Greek and Roman and enjoys helping students learn how to read ancient Greek. His research interests include black humor, narratology and second language acquisition. Over the past several years he has been hard at work on student commentaries on the historian Herodotus. When not teaching or reading ancient Greek, he can been found golfing, tailgating or hiking some trail in the woods. 

James M. Pfundstein, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Lecturer; Classics Undergraduate Advisor
Email: jmpfund@bgsu.edu

Seneca, Latin Drama and Epic, Ancient Science, Mythology

James M. Pfundstein is a Lecturer in Classics. He’s been teaching full-time at BGSU since 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Minnesota in August 2000. His research interests are in Seneca’s dramatic poetry and ancient astronomy in poetry (especially but not exclusively Seneca’s). He teaches a mix of courses in Latin and classical civilization (with a little Greek tossed in for variety sometimes). He also writes fantasy under the “pseudoplume or nom de nym” of James Enge (e.g. Blood of Ambrose, nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Prix Imaginales). You can reach him via his university email (jmpfund@bgsu.edu), on Facebook (james.enge), or on Twitter (@jamesenge).

French

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Beatrice Guenther, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; French Graduate Advisor
Email: bguenth@bgsu.edu

Beatrice Guenther received her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She taught French and German at the College of William and Mary (Virginia) from 1990-2005 and has been teaching courses in French, Canadian Studies, and International Studies since joining the faculty at BGSU in 2005. She has been directing the Program in International Studies since 2015. Her research interests are in 19th-century narrative, and she is working on a book on women’s education as cultural capital from the French Revolution until the eve of the 3e République. Having grown up in Japan, Germany, and Canada, she continues to teach courses on the issue of global migration and its impact on human rights.

Deborah Schocket, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: dschock@bgsu.edu

19th-century French Literature and Society

Elizabeth Voss, Ph.D.

Position: Instructor; La Maison Française Director
Email: eevoss@bgsu.edu

Jennifer K. Wolter, Ph.D.

Position: Instructor; French Undergraduate Advisor
Email: jwolter@bgsu.edu

19th-century French Literature, French Cinema, Language Studies

Jennifer Wolter received her Ph.D. with a specialization in 19th-century French literature at The Ohio State University in 2003. She also earned a French M.A. from Middlebury College, a B.A. in French and English from Ohio Wesleyan University, and studied abroad in Paris for 3 semesters. She has published articles on Émile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, the Médan Group, and film adaptations of French novels. Dr. Wolter has been teaching at BGSU since 2012 and served as director of La Maison Française from 2012-2018. She enjoys promoting French in the local community and leads a weekly conversation group in Perrysburg.    

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Opportune M. C. Zongo, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu

Francophone, Anglophone African, Caribbean, Women's, and Cultural Studies

German

Kristie Foell, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; German Undergraduate Advisor
Email: foell@bgsu.edu

Dr. Kristie Foell has taught at BGSU since 1995, serving as on-site director of the Academic Year in Salzburg, Director of International Studies, and founding director of the Global Village residential program. She has published on Elias Canetti (feminist and holocaust studies) and co-edited two volumes on post-unification German culture. Recent teaching and scholarship have focused on the encounter between Islam and the West, including Turkish-German cinema. She previously taught at Vassar and Gustavus Adolphus, received two Fulbright fellowships (Vienna and Berlin), and holds degrees from UC Berkeley (PhD) and Yale (BA). She also speaks French, Italian, and some Arabic.

Christina Guenther, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: cguenth@bgsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Christina Guenther received her BA & MA from the University of Toronto and her PhD in German Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary German and Austrian culture, trauma and memory studies, gender and the Holocaust, and migration studies. She regularly teaches courses in language, culture, film, literature, and translation, and often directs the German Drama Workshop. She is an affiliated member of the Peace Studies Program, International Studies Program, & Women’s Studies at BGSU.

Edgar Landgraf, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; German Graduate Advisor
Email: elandgr@bgsu.edu

Improvisation in the Arts and everyday life.

Improvisation, Posthumanism, and Agency in Art (Gerhard Richter Painting)

Curriculum Vitae

Edgar Landgraf studied philosophy and literary theory in Zurich, Chicago, and Baltimore. Recent publications include articles on improvisation, Goethe, Kant, Kleist, Nietzsche, and Don DeLillo. His book Improvisation as Art. Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives was published in 2011 with Continuum (reissued as paperback by Bloomsbury in 2014). His anthology Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism: Mind, Matter, and the Life Sciences After Kant, coedited with Gabriel Trop and Leif Weitherby, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury (October 2018). Currently, he is working on a monograph on Nietzsche’s Posthumanism and an anthology coedited with Elliott Schreiber with the title “Goethe at Play: Theories, Narratives, and Practices of Play in the Age of Goethe.”

Theodore Rippey, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences;
Associate Professor
Email: theodor@bgsu.edu

Linda Van Blaricom

Position: Instructor

Hildegard Zeglen

Position: Adjunct Instructor

Hildegard (Hilde) Zeglen has a B.A. in Spanish, a minor in German, and a B.S. in Foreign Language Education from Ohio State University. She has an M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University. Her diversified teaching experiences, totaling over sixteen years combinded, include teaching German and Spanish at the high school and college levels. She is a recipient of the “Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s Award” and was named “The Most Influential Teacher” chosen by a student at Westside High School.

Italian

Carlo Celli, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; Italian Undergraduate Advisor
Email: celli@bgsu.edu

Mariella Zucchi-Bingman, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: mzucchi@bgsu.edu

Japanese

Akiko Kawano Jones, M.S.

Position: Senior Lecturer; Japanese Undergraduate Advisor
Email: jakiko@bgsu.edu

Ryoko Okamura, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: oryoko@bgsu.edu

Ryoko Okamura received her Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include cultural history in modern Japan and its relations with East Asia, focusing on gender, immigration, and memory studies.  Currently, she is working on a co-authored manuscript examining the roles and impacts of ryōsai kenbo ideal among Japanese women through transnational and transcultural perspectives.  She teaches all levels of Japanese and offers courses in culture, literature, film, and history.  She is a member of Asian Studies Advisory Committee as well as Migration Research Cluster in Institute for the Study of Culture & Society at BGSU.

Korean

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Hyecun Ceon

Position: Adjunct Instructor

Russian

Elena Liskova, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: eliskov@bgsu.edu

Timothy Pogacar, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: pogacar@bgsu.edu

Timothy Pogačar received a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas and undergraduate degrees in Russian and Spanish from Georgetown University. He has translated widely from Russian and Slovene, completing eight Slovene-English book-length translations since 2013. His current research topics include sound symbolism in translation and the history of translation in the émigré press in the U.S. Pogačar has edited the scholarly journal Slovene Studies since 1986. He teaches all levels of Russian language, courses on Russian culture and post-communist Russia, and has most recently directed the BGSU Summer Russia program at Moscow State University in 2013, 2014, and 2017. His favorite novels are the Czech Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk), Russian Мастер и Маргарита (The Master and Margarita), Slovene Visoška kronika (The Visoko Chronicle), and Spanish La cabeza de la hydra (The Hydra Head).

Irina Stakhanova, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; Russian Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-7135
Email: irina@bgsu.edu

Spanish

Carmen Alvarez, M.A.

Position: Lecturer
Email: acarmen@bgsu.edu

Francisco Cabanillas, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; Spanish Undergraduate Advisor
Email: fcabani@bgsu.edu

Caribbean Literature and Culture; U.S. Latino Literature and Culture

Cynthia M. Ducar, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: cmducar@bgsu.edu

Cynthia Ducar (PH.D. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona) has been teaching Spanish at BGSU for over a decade. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Applied Linguistics, Hispanic Sociolinguistics and Heritage Language Pedagogy. She has published articles and presented in national and international conferences on sociolinguistic concerns in the heritage language classroom, as well as issues related to the role of attitude and motivation in the Spanish heritage language context. Her works have been published in Foreign Language Annals, The Heritage Language Journal as well as in the Beaudrie & Fairclough’s edited volume titled Spanish as a Heritage Language in the US: State of the Science. She, along with Sara Beaudrie & Kim Potowski, co-authored Heritage Language Teaching: Research & Practice, published by McGraw Hill. When not engaged in scholarly activities, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

E. Ernesto Delgado, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: eedelg@bgsu.edu

Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture; Spanish Golden Age Drama; Religion and Politics in Spain; Gender and Cultural Studies; Spanish History and Film; Creative Writing

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Maria Garza

Position: Adjunct Instructor

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Valeria Grinberg, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Email: vgrinb@bgsu.edu

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla is a literary, cultural and film critic from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who like many other Latinxs has moved to the United States. Since 2006 she is a Professor of Spanish at BGSU. She teaches classes that reflect her research interests on violence representation in Latin America, literature and film, on the appropriation and transformation of crime fiction and noir aesthetics in Latin America and the Caribbean, on literary and film strategies to think about war and dictatorship trauma in Central America, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, and on the Panafrican, transnational literary movements of the Afro-Caribbean populations of Central America. She has also developed a service-learning class to learn not just about, but rather from and with the Latino/a/x community in the area.

 

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Susana Juarez

Position: On-site Spain AYA Director

Lesnny Marquina, M.A.

Position: Instructor
Email: lmarqui@bgsu.edu

Ruth Martinez Olmos, M.A.

Position: Spanish Instructor; La Comunidad Director
Phone: 419-372-3533
Email: mruth@bgsu.edu

Ruth Martinez Olmos is a Spanish and German Instructor and director of the Spanish learning community, La Comunidad. After graduating from Universidad de Murcia and completing her Master's Degree at the Universidad of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Ruth initiated her career at the Technische Universitat in Berlin, Germany. She has taught an array of courses including conversational, elementary, intermediate, advanced, and accelerated Spanish. Her areas of interest are cultural studies, modern and contemporary Peninsular literature; European (particularly German) and Latin American realism; and second language acquisition.

Tricia Myers, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: myersts@bgsu.edu

Latin American Literature, Spanish as a Second Language, Spanish Culture

Frank Otero Luque, Ph.D.

Position: Instructor
Email: franko@bgsu.edu

Frank Otero Luque earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from Florida International University, receiving a Best Dissertation Award. His research interests include establishing the connection between miscegenation, discrimination, inequality, messianism, and violence in Latin America. He has crafted Ethno-sway↔Ethno-boomerang (ES↔EB), a new epistemological model that helps understand coloniality in Latin American racially-stratified former colonies. In particular, Dr. Otero Luque has explored social strategies of assimilation and resistance that Peruvian subalterns have developed, and he is currently studying the so-called chicha culture, which is their contemporary most significant affirmation of ethnicity. In addition to his academic interests that have yielded several academic publications, Dr. Otero Luque is a passionate writer of poems and short stories. 

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Lynn Pearson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: pearson@bgsu.edu

Second Language Acquisition; Interlanguage Pragmatics; Discourse Analysis; Foreign Language Teacher Education

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Pedro Porbén, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: porbenp@bgsu.edu

Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literature, Film, and Cultural/Critical Theory, Trans-Atlantic Studies

Amy Robinson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: arobins@bgsu.edu

Amy Robinson has been teaching at BGSU since 2003 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on Mexican literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present with a special focus on outlaws, revolutionaries, recalcitrant women, and other types of rebellious characters. She enjoys teaching novels, films and plays in upper-level courses, and she is always appreciative of her students’ enthusiasm for favorites like Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo and any work about Mexico’s legendary social bandit known as Chucho el Roto. A participant in the NEH-funded Black Swamp Learning Community (2018-19) that brings together interdisciplinary approaches to reflect on local and global sustainability issues, her interests also include analyzing social struggle with regards to environmental (in)justice.

Claudia Silvy, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: csilvy@bgsu.edu

Cynthia Whipple, M.A.

Position: Lecturer
Email: cphelps@bgsu.edu

Spanish Language and Culture, Study Abroad and Intercultural Learning

Amy Smith

Administrative Assistant
207 Shatzel Hall
419-372-7693
Fax: 419-372-7332
amys@bgsu.edu

Rachel De La Cruz

Sr. Secretary
203 Shatzel Hall
419-372-2667
Fax: 419-372-7332
rdelacr@bgsu.edu

Spanish & German

Federico Chalupa
 
Margy Gerber

 

Joseph L. Gray

 

Helmut Gutman

 


Geoffrey C. Howes
ghowes@bgsu.edu

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

German

Donald F. Nelson
 
Klaus Schmidt

 

Dzirda Shllaku

 

John Stickler