Faculty & Staff



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Han Li

Phone: 419-372-2180
Email: hanli@bgsu.edu


Min Yang

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: ymin@bgsu.edu

Classics, Ancient greek, latin


Jaclyn Hinkle, M.A.

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: hinkljm@bgsu.edu


Philip S. Peek, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
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: Lecturer
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).


Nicholas Dee

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. 



Beatrice Guenther, Ph.D.

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

Francophone Literature & Culture, (Quebec, Algeria), 19th-century French & German Studies, Interculturalité & Gender

Link to Bio


Deborah Schocket, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: dschock@bgsu.edu

19th-century French Literature and Society


Jennifer K. Wolter, Ph.D.

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

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


Eugene Zappitelli

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: ezappit@bgsu.edu


Opportune M. C. Zongo, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu

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


Elizabeth Voss



Kristie Foell

Position: Associate Professor
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

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

Position: Professor
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

Position: Associate Professor
Email: theodor@bgsu.edu



Carlo Celli, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Email: celli@bgsu.edu


Mariella Zucchi-Bingman, MA

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: mzucchi@bgsu.edu



Akiko Kawano Jones

Position: Senior Lecturer; Director of Asian Studies
Email: jakiko@bgsu.edu


Ryoko Okamura

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.




Timothy Pogacar

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

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7135
Email: irina@bgsu.edu


Elena Liskova



Carmen Alvarez, M.A.

Position: Lecturer; Director La Comunidad
Email: acarmen@bgsu.edu


Francisco Cabanillas, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
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


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.



Lesnny Marquina, MA

Position: Instructor; Study Abroad Program Advisor
Email: lmarqui@bgsu.edu


Tricia Myers, MA

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: myersts@bgsu.edu

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


Lynn Pearson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Email: pearson@bgsu.edu

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


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

Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Email: nrichar@bgsu.edu

Nathan Richardson earned his PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Kansas. Since arriving at BGSU in 1999, he has taught all levels of Spanish as well as regularly teaching in International Studies. He is the author of two books and two dozen articles on literature, film, and culture with a focus on contemporary Spain. Between 2009 and 2017 he served as chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies and currently works as Faculty Liaison for Education Abroad at BGSU among other university service. Once an avid runner and soccer player, he now jogs and coaches.

Link to Bio and Books


Amy Robinson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor, Graduate Student Advisor
Email: arobins@bgsu.edu

Latin American Literature and Culture, 19th-21st Century Mexico


Claudia Silvy, MA

Position: Adjunct Instructor
Email: csilvy@bgsu.edu


Cynthia Whipple, MA

Position: Lecturer
Email: cphelps@bgsu.edu

Spanish Language and Culture, Study Abroad and Intercultural Learning


Ruth Martinez Olmos

Position: Spanish and German Instructor and director of the Spanish learning community, La Comunidad
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.

Amy Smith

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

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