Faculty & Staff

Carmen Alvarez, M.A.

Position: Associate Teaching Professor
La Comunidad Director
Phone: 419-372-8539
Email: acarmen@bgsu.edu
Address: 135 Shatzel Hall

Francisco Cabanillas, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; Spanish Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-2469
Email: fcabani@bgsu.edu
Address: 204 Shatzel Hall

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

Carlo Celli, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; Italian Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-272-7151
Email: celli@bgsu.edu
Address: 219 Shatzel Hall


Hyecun Ceon, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8254
Email: hceon@bgsu.edu
Address: 113 Shatzel Hall


Shawn Daniels, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: shadani@bgsu.edu

Nicholas Dee, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-2670
Email: ndee@bgsu.edu
Address: 208 Shatzel Hall

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. 

Daniel Dinca, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-8043
Email: ddinca@bgsu.edu
Address: 220 Shatzel Hall

Cynthia M. Ducar, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7152
Email: cmducar@bgsu.edu
Address: 223 Shatzel Hall

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.

Carles Ferrando Valero, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-8053
Email: carlesf@bgsu.edu
Address: 209 Shatzel Hall

Kristie Foell, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; German Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-2369
Email: foell@bgsu.edu
Address: 107 Shatzel Hall

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.


Valeria Grinberg Pla, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-8053
Email: vgrinb@bgsu.edu
Address: 211 Shatzel Hall

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.


Beatrice Guenther, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; French Graduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-8069
Email: bguenth@bgsu.edu
Address: 131 Shatzel Hall

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.

Christina Guenther, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-7859
Email: cguenth@bgsu.edu
Address: 111 Shatzel Hall

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.

Jaclyn Hinkle, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-3580
Email: hinkljm@bgsu.edu
Address: 121 Shatzel Hall

Badredine Idrissi-Mojib, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8254
Email: bidriss@bgsu.edu
Address: 113 Shatzel Hall

Susana Juarez

Susana Juarez, Ph.D.

Position: On-site Spain AYA Director

Akiko Kawano Jones, M.S.

Position: Teaching Professor; Japanese Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-7136
Email: jakiko@bgsu.edu
Address: 110 Shatzel Hall

Scott Keister, M.Ed, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: keistes@bgsu.edu

Mary Kern, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-3580
Email: mkern@bgsu.edu
Address: 121 Shatzel Hall

Edgar Landgraf, Ph.D.

Position: Professor; German Graduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-*9517
Email: elandgr@bgsu.edu
Address: 104 Shatzel Hall

Improvisation in the Arts and everyday life.

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

“Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism: Mind, Matter, and the Life Sciences after Kant” Published Oct. 2018

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.”

Han Li, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8253
Email: hanli@bgsu.edu
Address: 120 Shatzel Hall

Cory Linton, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: clinton@bgsu.edu

Elena Liskova, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8253
Email: eliskov@bgsu.edu
Address: 120 Shatzel Hall

Caitlin Marley, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-8043
Email: cmarley@bgsu.edu
Address: 220 Shatzel Hall

Lesnny Marquina, M.A.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-7138
Email: lmarqui@bgsu.edu
Address: 119 Shatzel Hall

Christine Milgie, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-3580
Email: cmilgie@bgsu.edu
Address: 121 Shatzel Hall

Bettina Muehlenbeck, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor & Interim on-site Director of BGSU Salzburg
Email: bmuehl@bgsu.edu

Tricia Myers, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-3580
Email: myersts@bgsu.edu
Address: 121 Shatzel Hall

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

Ryoko Okamura, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-5566
Email: oryoko@bgsu.edu
Address: 108 Shatzel Hall

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.


Lynn Pearson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7141
Email: pearson@bgsu.edu
Address: 221 Shatzel Hall

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

Philip S. Peek, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; Department Chair
Fields of Study: historiography, narratology, translation, pedagogy
Phone: 419-372-2468
Email: peekps@bgsu.edu
Address: 205 Shatzel Hall

Philip S. Peek is interested in the stories we tell ourselves, those we tell each other, and how we interpret those told to us. He believes in many truths and many fictions and is amazed by how the false and true interact with each other. He is fascinated by creativity, translation, and the process of creating a dialogue between different cultures and time periods.  He has published a textual commentary on book five of Herodotos’ Histories (U of O Press, 2018). The commentary teaches students how to read ancient Greek and to interpret stories. He also has published in METAMORPHOSES three translations, the Alexis poem by Meleagros of Gadara (2019 Fall), Anakreon’s Thracian Filly poem (Spring 2020), and Meleagros’ poem, To A Bee (Spring 2020). He enjoys researching, teaching, translating, and writing about all things ancient Greek. When not at work, he may be found outside golfing, hiking, meditating, and enjoying the sounds of the multi-verse.

Learn ancient Greek, interpret myth, history, movies, and narratives of all types, engage with the past and present in meaningful ways: https://www.theancientandmodernworld.com/.

James M. Pfundstein, Ph.D.

Position: Teaching Professor; Classics Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-8278
Email: jmpfund@bgsu.edu
Address: 222 Shatzel Hall

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).

Timothy Pogacar, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-8028
Email: pogacar@bgsu.edu
Address: 106 Shatzel Hall

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).


Pedro Porbén, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7154
Email: porbenp@bgsu.edu
Address: 225 Shatzel Hall

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

Laura Reyes, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: laureyes@bgsu.edu

Christian Richeson, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: criches@bgsu.edu

Theodore Rippey, Ph.D.

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

Amy Robinson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-2168
Email: arobins@bgsu.edu
Address: 206 Shatzel Hall

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. 

Deborah Schocket, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-8632
Email: dschock@bgsu.edu
Address: 213 Shatzel Hall

19th-century French Literature and Society

Irina Stakhanova, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor; Russian Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-7135
Email: irina@bgsu.edu
Address: 124 Shatzel Hall

Cynthia Whipple, M.A.

Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-7156
Email: cphelps@bgsu.edu
Address: 224 Shatzel Hall

Spanish Language and Culture, Study Abroad and Intercultural Learning

Linda Van Blaricom, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8254
Address: 113 Shatzel Hall

Elizabeth Voss, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor; La Maison Française Director
Phone: 419-372-4913
Email: eevoss@bgsu.edu
Address: 215 Shatzel Hall

Jennifer K. Wolter, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor; French Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: 419-372-3581
Email: jwolter@bgsu.edu
Address: 130 Shatzel Hall

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.    

Min Yang, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 419-372-7140
Email: ymin@bgsu.edu
Address: 109 Shatzel Hall


Opportune M. C. Zongo, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7396
Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu
Address: 210 Shatzel Hall

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

Mariella Zucchi-Bingman, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8253
Email: mzucchi@bgsu.edu
Address: 120 Shatzel Hall

Amy Smith

Administrative Assistant
207 Shatzel Hall
Fax: 419-372-7332

Susana Juarez

Magda Gallinat

Position: On-site Spain AYA Program Coordinator

Rachel De La Cruz

Sr. Secretary
203 Shatzel Hall
Fax: 419-372-7332

Spanish & German

Federico Chalupa
Margy Gerber


Joseph L. Gray


Helmut Gutman


Geoffrey C. Howes






Donald F. Nelson
Klaus Schmidt


Dzirda Shllaku


John Stickler