Faculty & Staff

  • Irina Barclay

    Dr. Irina Barclay

    Associate Professor, Russian

    LS Dougherty 202 B
    (828) 262-2918

    Research and teaching interests: I teach in Russian and English and my research and teaching interests include Russian and Slavic Literature in Translation, the methodology of teaching Russian courses for ASU students.

  • Salwa Ali Ben Zahra

    Dr. Salwa Ali Ben Zahra

    Associate Professor, Arabic and Director of the Arabic Program

    LS Dougherty 108 A
    (828) 262-2304

    Research and teaching interests: English, Arabic and French literatures in multidisciplinary connections with Disability and Postcolonial Studies.

  • Mr. Bobby Blankenship

    Adjunct Instructor, Spanish


    Research and teaching interests: I teach beginning Spanish 1010 & 1020.

  • Ms. Isabelle Breden

    Adjunct Instructor, French


    Research and teaching interests: Beginning level French

  • Zhiyuan Chen

    Dr. Zhiyuan Chen

    Professor, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 210 A
    (828) 262-7822

    Research and teaching interests: Theoretic & Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Literatures, Anthropology, Economics

  • Victoria Cox

    Dr. Victoria Cox

    Professor, Spanish

    108 B
    (828) 262-7101

    Research and teaching interests: Spanish Language. Latin American Literature and Culture. Andean Studies. Latin American Women Writers. Performance Studies. Business Spanish.

  • Elizabeth Cramer

    Dr. Elizabeth Cramer

    Adjunct Instructor, French

    Library 259
    (828) 262-4967

    Research and teaching interests: Entry-level French

  • Benito del Pliego

    Dr. Benito del Pliego

    Professor, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 210 D
    (828) 262-2306

    Research and teaching interests: Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Poetry, Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Peninsular Studies, Migrations and Exile in the Spanish Speaking World

  • Jeffrey K. Eastman

    Mr. Jeffrey K. Eastman

    Lecturer, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 203
    (828) 262-8509

    Research and teaching interests: Beginning & Intermediate Spanish, Golden Age Literature in translation. Literature of Israel/ Palestine: In Search of Intercultural Understanding; Research for a monograph on The Enlightenment in Spain. Key Figures: Jovellanos & Cadalso. I am currently affiliated faculty member with The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

  • Dr. Adrienne Erazo

    Assistant Professor, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 210 C
    (828) 262-2929

    Research and teaching interests: Spanish for the Professions (Spanish for Healthcare and Social Services). Contemporary Mexican, Central American, and Latinx literature. Latin American immigration in literature. Border theory. Gender studies. Identity theory. Representation of marginalization and otherness.

  • Andres Fisher

    Dr. Andres Fisher

    Associate Professor, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 210 F
    (828) 262-2309

    Research and teaching interests: 20th century poetry, both Peninsular and Latin American. Poetry translation. Literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. Transatlantic studies. Creative writing in poetry.

  • Jim Fogelquist

    Dr. Jim Fogelquist

    Professor, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 103 F
    (828) 262-3096

    Research and teaching interests: Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature; Cervantes; Mexican literature and popular culture; Chicano literature

  • Ms. Belinda Forsyth

    Senior Lecturer, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 103 B
    (828) 262-8598

    Research and teaching interests: I teach beginning and intermediate Spanish 1010, 1020, 1040, 1050 and accelerated 1030 & 1060 classes in Spanish. I also do independent studies in Swedish.

  • Catherine Fountain

    Dr. Catherine Fountain

    Professor, Spanish and TESL/Applied Linguistics
    Director of MA in Romance Languages

    LS Dougherty 210 F
    (828) 262-2308

    Research and teaching interests: Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, history of the language sciences and the study of indigenous languages; Spanish, Nahuatl.

  • Jean-François Fournier

    Dr. Jean-François Fournier

    Assistant Professor, French

    LS Dougherty 210 K
    (828) 262-2307

    Research and teaching interests: Teaching: French Language and Literature; Literature & Film; Political and Cultural History of Contemporary France; Crossed Cultural Glances between France, Germany, and the US. Research:19th Century Fiction and Poetry; Bridges between Literature & Philosophy; Comic Discourses in Literature & Film.

  • K. Martial Frindéthié

    Dr. K. Martial Frindéthié

    Professor, French
    Department Chair

    LS Dougherty Hall 101
    (828) 262-6657

    Research and teaching interests: French, Francophone Studies, Films and Media Studies, Postcoloniality, Intercultural Communication, Globalization, the Intersection of Literature, Contemporary Literary Theory, and the Political-Ideological Imagination

  • Dr. Darci L. Gardner

    Associate Professor, French

    LS Dougherty 210 J
    (828) 262-2928

    Research and teaching interests: 19th- and 20th-century France; literature and the visual arts; cognitive approaches to literature; aesthetics

  • Mr. Bertrand Gutierrez

    Adjunct Instructor of Spanish

    LS Dougherty 103C
    (828) 262-5080

    Research and teaching interests: The use of online Spanish-language news resources, with an emphasis on economics, politics, trade, culture, and immigration.

  • Dr. Ito Picture

    Dr. Kinji Ito

    Assistant Professor, Japanese

    LS Dougherty Hall 210E
    (828) 262-7513

    Research and teaching interests: Japanese language and culture, Japanese-English translation, business Japanese, language pedagogy, second language acquisition

  • Brent James

    Dr. Brent James

    Senior Lecturer, Portuguese & Spanish

    LS Dougherty 210 I
    (828) 262-8225

    Research and teaching interests: Brazilian literature and culture, Afro-Hispanic studies, modern Spain, Basque and Catalan studies

  • Kevin Kennedy

    Dr. Kevin Kennedy

    Professor, German

    LS Dougherty 103 E
    (828) 262-2348

    Research and teaching interests: German Language, Literature, and Culture, The Age of Goethe, German Film, Documentaries on German Diaspora.

  • Lynn McNeil

    Ms. Lynn McNeil

    Lecturer, French

    LS Dougherty 210 G
    (828) 262-8511

    Research and teaching interests: Beginning & intermediate level French

  • Sarah Miller

    Ms. Sarah Miller

    Lecturer, TESL/Applied Linguistics

    LS Dougherty 210 G
    (828) 262-8592

    Research and teaching interests: Sociolinguistics, language pedagogy & critical materials development, intercultural communication, multilingual/cultural educational policy and practice.

  • Dr. Beverly Moser

    Professor, German and TESL/Applied Linguistics

    LS Dougherty 205
    (828) 262-2303

    Research and teaching interests: I teach all levels of German and am passionate about language teaching and helping to develop new language teachers for the future. I love working on practical projects like language textbooks, hoping that this work makes language learning more fun for students. Most recently, I've been working on campus on our project for the QEP on Global Learning.

  • Gabriella Motta-Passajou

    Ms. Gabriella Motta-Passajou

    Senior Lecturer, French and Spanish

    LS Dougherty 103 B
    (828) 262-8512

    Research and teaching interests: Spanish and French: Beginner II, Intermediate I and II and Conversational Capoeira (Brazilian martial art)

  • Dr. María Patricia Ortiz

    Professor, Spanish
    Department Assistant Chair

    LS Dougherty 103 D
    (828) 262-7356

    Research and teaching interests: Teaching: Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Border Crossings U.S. Hispanic Literature and Culture, and 20th Century Spanish and Latin American Novel. Research: Comparative Literature, and Narratives of women's immigration in relation to literature, culture, and border crossings.

  • Olivia A. Posada

    Ms. Olivia A. Posada

    Senior Lecturer, Spanish

    LS Dougherty 204
    (828) 262-8510

    Research and teaching interests: Teach SNH 1010 - 1020 Beginning Spanish I & II, SNH 1040 - 1050 Intermediate Spanish I & II, and SNH 1030 - 1060 Accelerated Beginning and Intermediate Spanish.

  • Carmen Scoggins

    Ms. Carmen Scoggins

    Adjunct Instructor, Spanish


    Research and teaching interests: Spanish and Foreign Language Methodology

  • Paul Sebastian

    Dr. Paul Sebastian

    Assistant Professor, Spanish & TESL/Applied Linguistics

    LS Dougherty Hall 210 B
    (828) 262-2932

    Research and teaching interests: I teach courses in language methodology, second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning and Spanish as a second language. My research deals with the relationship between language and the constructed environment whether that be physical, virtual or hybrid.

  • Benjamin Souza

    Dr. Benjamin Souza

    Associate Professor, Spanish Linguistics

    LS Dougherty 109 A
    (828) 262-2305

    Research and teaching interests: I teach all levels of Spanish and specialize in Spanish linguistics. I study a wide array of second language acquisition topics and Spanish phonetics and dialectology.

  • Kendra Souza

    Ms. Kendra Souza

    Senior Lecturer, Spanish, and First and Second Year Spanish Coordinator

    LS Dougherty 108 C
    (828) 262-8508

    Research and teaching interests: Beginning and Intermediate Spanish

  • Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

    Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

    Professor, German and Director of Global Studies

    LS Dougherty 206
    (828) 262-7225

    Research and teaching interests: Teaching areas include German language and culture, medieval German literature, fairy tales, Arthurian legends, "Mittelalterrezeption" and medievalism.

  • Cindy Trivette

    Ms. Cindy Trivette

    Administrative Assistant

    LS Dougherty 101

    Research and teaching interests: Administrative Support Specialist, ASU Staff Senator, AppKIDS Committee Member. Hobbies include taking Spanish classes, crocheting, reading and spending time with my family.

  • Xiaofei Tu

    Dr. Xiaofei Tu

    Assistant Professor, Chinese and Japanese

    LS Dougherty 202 D
    (828) 262-6649

    Research and teaching interests: East Asian literature and philosophy

  • Dr. Wendy Xie

    Associate Professor, Chinese

    LS Dougherty 202 C
    (828) 262-2302

    Research and teaching interests: Chinese language of all levels; Twentieth-Century Chinese Poetry, Fiction, and Drama; Chinese Popular Culture; Gender Performance in Chinese Theater and Film; Melodramatic Imagination and Emotional Intimacy

  • Misa Yamamoto

    Ms. Misa Yamamoto

    Senior Lecturer, Japanese

    LS Dougherty 103 G
    (828) 262-7083

    Research and teaching interests: All the Japanese language courses: Beginning JapaneseI,II, Intermediate Japanese I, II and Advanced Japanese I, II

  • Ms. Katrin Zengerling, M.A. & M. Ed.

    International Teaching Fellow from Germany

    LS Dougherty 207

    Research and teaching interests: German, German as a foreign language, and modern Gender Studies, specifically the connection between female body image and misogyny among women.