Foreign Languages


Cecilia Hwangpo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Areas of Expertise: Latin American literature and culture, especially early 20th century Argentinean and Cuban theatre and essay.
Cecilia Hwangpo joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998, after earning a Ph.D. from Yale University. More >>

Her main area of specialization is the discourses of national identity in Argentina and Cuba in 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."

Mireille Koukjian, Visiting Instructor in Arabic

Areas of Expertise: foreign language education, specifically Arabic and integrating story-telling in language learning.
Mireille Koukjian is a visiting instructor in Arabic in the Critical Languages Program. More >>

Koukjian earned a master's degree in education from Université Saint Joseph, in Beirut, Lebanon. Her research interests include second language acquisition and ising technology to improve students' learning in the foreign language classroom. Koukjian was recently  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.

Martine Guyot-Bender, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: literature and film of 20th and 21st century France; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France; post-war cinema, particularly social documentary from the 1970s to today; Patrick Modiano and Amelie Nothomb; and narrative representation of war and poverty.
Martine Guyot-Bender, who holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon (1991), specializes in 20th-century French Studies. More >>

Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language. She has directed the Hamilton in France program five times, most recently in 2007-2008.

Guyot-Bender is the author of Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano (1999), and the co-editor of Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano (1998). Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes (Sites, Summer 2001); French popular fiction (French Popular Culture, 2003); and French cinema and media (Women in French, 2004; Sites, Fall 2005). She has also published articles on Belgian-born novelist Amélie Nothomb, and on Simone de Beauvoir’s social novel ‘Les belles images’ in a special issue of Lendemains, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of de Beauvoir’s birth (December 2008).

In addition, Guyot-Bender has presented many conference papers and contributed encyclopedia entries on popular culture during the Nazi occupation in France. A co-editor of Women in French Newsletter and a Cornell University visiting regional scholar since 2003, she is currently conducting research on French militant documentary film.

Cheryl Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: 19th century literature, in particular French women writers; literary humor, and urban literature.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1990, Cheryl Morgan earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University. More >>

She 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 also wrote an article on Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le noir" for the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, and has contributed entries to the Feminist Companion to French Literature. She is co-editor of Contre-courants: Les femmes s'ecrivent a travers les siecles, a classroom anthology of women's writers and pedagogical apparatus. Morgan is currently working on a cultural critical biography of Delphine Gay de Girardin and editing a collection of articles devoted to French women's humor post-1789.

Joseph Mwantuali, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures; and 20th century avant-garde French literature.
Joseph Mwantuali joined the Hamilton faculty in 1995 after completing his Ph.D. in French at The Pennsylvania State University. More >>

Mwantuali received a master's in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University and both a master's and bachelor's in French literature and African linguistics from the University of Zaire.

Throughout much of the 1980s, prior to coming to the United States, Mwantuali served as a teacher, trainer and language coordinator at the U.S. Peace Corps Training Centers in Zaire and Burundi.

He has written three books in French: Michel Leiris et le Négro-Africain, Paris: Nouvelles du Sud, 1999; and Septuagénaire, University Press of the South, New Orleans, 2000, L’impair de la nation, Yaoundé, Clé, 2007, as well as several articles on French and African literatures. He is working on two books in African literature and one novel (his first in English).

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John O'Neal, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: 17th and 18th century French literature and thought.
John O'Neal, a faculty member since 1984, earned a master's in French from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. More >>

He was named a knight in the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education in 1998, and promoted to officer in 2008. O'Neal directed the Hamilton in France program six times between 1986 and 2004 and has lectured at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

He has written extensively in both French and English about 18th-century French literature and thought. O'Neal has authored numerous books and articles, including Changing Minds: The Shifting Perception of Culture in Eighteenth-Century France (2002) and  The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment (1996). His latest authored book, The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2011.  O'Neal's most recent edited books are Approaches to Teaching Rousseau's Confessions and Reveries (Modern Language Association, 2003 with Ourida Mostefai) and The Nature of Rousseau's Rêveries:  Physical, Human, Aesthetic (from the Voltaire Foundation in Oxford in 2008).

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Victoria Li, Visiting Instructor in Chinese

Areas of Expertise: teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.
Yan Li received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language. Li has taught Chinese in multiple intensive programs, including ACC, UVA, and Washington and Lee. More >>

Li specializes in teaching Chinese to adult learners. She 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.

Leanne Li, Teaching Fellow in Chinese

Areas of Expertise: teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.
Yan Li (Leanne) earned her bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Minzu University of China (MUC). She is currently a student in the master's program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at MUC and will receive her degree in July 2014. More >>

During her degree course, Li worked as a part-time English teacher in the international department at Beijing Huiwen Middle School for two years. She also worked as an English and Korean translator for Canon (China) and other companies.