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María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, María Acosta Cruz received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her main research interests are Caribbean and Latino cultures. She explores issues such as the making and marketability of identities, Puerto Rican cultural history, and national and gender-based stereotypes. Her book Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture & the Fictions of Independence is upcoming from Rutgers University Press and is also part of the American Literatures Initiative from NYU, Fordham, Temple and Virginia University Presses. The series has funding from the Mellon Foundation.
Tel: 1-508-793-7677
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Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza ia also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: (508) 793-7256
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Marvin D'Lugo, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, Screen Studies and Literatures
Professor D'Lugo teaches courses on aspects of Spanish and Latin-American literatures. His primary areas of research involve Spanish-language cinemas with particular emphasis on Spain, Mexico and Argentina. He regularly teaches courses on these national cinemas as well as on the aesthetic practices that enable Spanish-language regional cinema to engage Hispanic audiences beyond national borders. Along with his scholarly writings on Hispanic transnational film, he has published books and articles on Spanish film auteurs Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura and Pedro Almodovar. Since 2008 he has been the principal editor of the international film journal, Studies in Spanish and Latin-American Cinemas while also serving on the editorial boards of the British journal, Transnational Cinemas and the Spanish journal of film history, Secuencias.
Tel: 1-508-793-7725
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Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723
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Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Director, Jewish Studies Program
Director of Jewish Studies Concentration Dr. Fox's main scholarly focus is the rhetoric and internal coherence of the Hebrew Bible, and how they may be brought out in translation. He is also interested in how the Bible has been transformed at each stage by generations of Israelites, Jews, and Christians. He teaches courses in which texts serve as windows to the attitudes and concerns of Jews through the ages. Dr. Fox's activities in translation have led him to some unexpected places. He was a religious consultant on the animated film Prince of Egypt, and has been collaborating with an American-Israeli artist, Schwebel, who sets the David stories against the backdrop of 1980s Jerusalem.
Tel: 1-508-793-7355
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Beth Gale, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French) and Chair, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Tel: 1-508-421-3781
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Constance Montross, Ph.D.
Director, Language Arts Resource Center
Dr. Montross is located on the 4th floor of Goddard Library. Constance M. Montross, Director of the Language Arts Resource Center, has been teaching Spanish at Clark since 1984. She did her undergraduate work at Connecticut College and received a master's and doctorate from Yale University. With her colleague, Esther Levine of the College of the Holy Cross, she is the author of 3 editions of an anthology of readings- the most recent edition being Vistas y voces Latinas, Prentice Hall, 2002. In 2001 she received an Outstanding Service Award from Clark University.
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Michael Spingler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Associate Professor of Screen Studies
French cinema
Tel: 1-508-793-7234
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Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Dr. Tobin specializes in the culture and literature of the German-speaking world from the Age of Goethe to the present, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and human rights. He teaches courses on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, human rights and literature, and Freud, as well as more traditional topics such as German film and Faust. He is also usually one of the co-professors of the National Imagination course.In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Universitat Wien in Vienna. He directs the major in Comparative Literature and advises students who want to self-design a major in German Studies.
Tel: 1-508-793-7353
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Adjunct Faculty

SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English; Director, Leir Center in Luxembourg
Director of Graduate Studies; western European literature of the late middle ages; semiotics and rhetorical theory; contemplative practice
Tel: 1-508-793-7126
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Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director, Music Program (Fall 2012)
Music history and criticism, music and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the music of Anton Bruckner
Tel: 508-793-7369
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Gary Overvold, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Contemporary continental philosophy, interdisciplinary studies, epistemology, philosophy of the human sciences, cultural history, philosophy of culture, modernism
Tel: 1-508-793-7416
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