Foreign Languages

Martine Guyot-Bender, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor and Chair of French

License d'Anglais option Linguistique, University of Metz; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oregon
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Areas of expertise: French 20th- and 21st-century literature and film, narrative representation of trauma (war, poverty); social documentary from the 1970s to today; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France (Patrick Modiano); women writers (Amélie Nothomb, Assia Djebar, Simone de Beauvoir)

Martine Guyot-Bender, who has a doctorate from the University of Oregon, specializes in 20th-century French studies. Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language. She is the author of Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano and the co-editor of Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano. Recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes, French popular fiction and French cinema and media, among other work. She is a co-editor of Women in French Newsletter. She is doing research on French militant documentary film.

Mihyang Cecilia Hwangpo, Chair, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Lehman College; M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature and culture, early 20th-century Argentinean and Cuban theatre and essay

Cecilia Hwangpo's main area of specialization is the discourses of national identity in Argentina and Cuba in the early 20th century. Her research interests are Latin American literature and culture, 20th-century theatre, el sainete criollo and essay. Her published articles include "Indagación del choteo: un llamado para el cambio en el modo de ser cubano," "José Antonio Ramos y la identidad nacional cubana: sentido, lenguaje y espacio" and "Los inmigrantes: el otro en el teatro argentino de principios del siglo XX."  She joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998, after earning a doctorate from Yale University.

Cheryl Morgan, Professor of French

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Columbia University
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Areas of expertise: 19th-century literature, in particular French women writers, literary humor and urban literature

Cheryl Morgan is a specialist in 19th-century literature with particular interest in French women writers, literary humor and urban literature. She has contributed articles about Delphine Gay de Girardin to Symposium, Romantisme and Modernity and the Mass Press in Nineteenth-Century France.  Morgan wrote an article on Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le noir" for the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, among other scholarly work. Morgan is working on a cultural critical biography of Gay de Girardin and editing a collection of articles devoted to French women's humor post-1789. She earned her doctorate from Columbia University.

Joseph Mwantuali, Professor of French

B.A. and M.A., University of Zaire; M.S., New Hampshire College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
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Areas of expertise: Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures and 20th-century avant-garde French literature

Throughout much of the 1980s, prior to coming to the United States, Joseph Mwantuali served as a teacher, trainer and language coordinator at the U.S. Peace Corps training centers in Zaire and Burundi. He has written five books in French: Michel Leiris et le Négro-Africain, Paris: Nouvelles du Sud, 1999; Septuagénaire, University Press of the South, New Orleans, 2000, and L’impair de la nation, Yaoundé, Clé, 2007, Tell This to My Mother (novel). Texas: SBPRA (2013), and Le Discours africain à l’ère des exorcistes (“African Discourse in the Era of the Exorcists”). Panafrika/Silex/Nouvelles du Sud, Paris. 2014. He also has written several articles on French and African literatures. He earned his doctorate in French at Pennsylvania State University.

Mary Sisler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

B.A., The City University of New York; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Mary Sisler weaves an interdisciplinary approach into her teaching and research. Her academic interests include the artist-writers of the Cinquecento, the role of oral traditions and storytelling in early modern Italy and in the contemporary language classroom, and the use of popular songs and opera to teach Italian. Sisler has taught Italian at the graduate and undergraduate levels at various northeastern colleges and universities, most recently at Bryn Mawr College. She received her doctorate in Italian literature from Rutgers University with a dissertation on the Vita of Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th-century sculptor, goldsmith and writer. Her bacherlor's degree is from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Mireille Koukjian, Visiting Instructor in Arabic

B.Ed., St. Joseph University; M.Sc., St. Joseph University
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Areas of expertise: foreign-language education, specifically Arabic and the integration of storytelling into language learning

Mireille Koukjian's research interests include second language acquisition and using technology to improve students' learning in the foreign-language classroom. She recently was invited to the "Arabic TALK conference" at West Point to present work on using technology-assisted Arabic language teaching and learning, along with methods of assessment for the Arabic classroom. Koukjian earned a master's degree in education from Université Saint Joseph, in Beirut, Lebanon. She is a visiting instructor in Arabic in the Critical Languages Program.

Victoria Li, Visiting Instructor of East Asian Languages and Literature

Areas of expertise: teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages

Yan Li specializes in teaching Chinese to adult learners. She has taught Chinese in multiple intensive programs, including ACC, UVA, and Washington and Lee. Li also worked with the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai for two years, and that experience led her to focus on modern Chinese society rather than only the language. She received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language.