Faculty and Staff

Department Chair and Deputy Chair

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Raul Galoppe

Schmitt Hall 222E
(973) 655-7506

Raul Galoppe, chair and associate professor of Spanish, received a PhD from the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include: Theatre and Performance; Film and Culture; Lacanian Theory and Queer Studies; Translation and Interpreting. He teaches courses including: Spanish Theatre of the Golden Age, Queer Cinema, Hispanic Literary Studies and Audiovisual Translation. His most recent article is "(Un)Faithful Renditions: Gender Dynamics in an Adaptation of Don Gil de las calzas verdes." Bulletin of the Comediantes 6-1 (2015): 131-48. He is also a book reviewer for Enterprise & Society and a referee for L’Érudit franco-espagnol.


Maria Jose Garcia Vizcaino

Schmitt Hall 205D
(973) 655-7507

Maria Jose Garcia Vizcaino, deputy chair and associate professor of Spanish, received her PhD from the Universidad de Granada in Spain. Her research interests include Pragmatics, Politeness, Translation and Advertising. She is the graduate coordinator for the Spanish Graduate Certificate Program in Translation and Interpreting. She teaches courses including Theory and Practice in Translation, Translation and Health Services, and Translation and the Law.



Kristen Hugunine

222 Schmitt Hall

Kristen Hugunine is the program assistant for the Department of Spanish and Latino Studies. She has an MA in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University.


Full-Time Faculty


Antonella Calarota-Ninman

Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-4285

Antonella Calarota-Ninman is the Spanish language coordinator and instructional specialist in the Department of Spanish and Latino Studies.



Anne M. Edstrom

Schmitt Hall 205G
(973) 655-7508

Anne Edstrom, associate professor, received her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.  Her primary research interests are in the areas of Foreign Language Pedagogy, Pragmatics, and Sociolinguistics.  She teaches courses in Methodology for Second/Foreign Language Teaching, Hispanic Linguistics and Beginning and Intermediate Spanish.  She is a co-editor of El español a través de la lingüística: Preguntas y respuestas published by Cascadilla Press (2008) and has published articles on both pragmatics and pedagogical issues in journals such as Hispania, Foreign Language Annals, Canadian Modern Language Review and Journal of Pragmatics.


Marta López-Luaces

Schmitt Hall 205C
(973) 655-7513

Marta López-Luaces, associate professor of Spanish, received her PhD from New York University. Her research interests include poetry and translation. She is the author of Los traductores del viento published by Vasa Roto Ediciones (2013). She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature.


William Rosa

Schmitt Hall 241A
(973) 655-5518

William Rosa, professor of Spanish, received his PhD from Ohio State University. He is also the director of Montclair State's Latin America and Latino Studies program. He teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature.


Valentin Soto

Schmitt Hall 205K
(973) 655-5519

Valentin Soto, assistant professor of Spanish, received his PhD in Latin American Literature from Stanford University. He teaches linguistics, grammar, and composition courses in Spanish.


John Zahner

Schmitt Hall 205L
(973) 655-5521

John Zahner, assistant professor of Spanish, received his PhD from the University of Arizona. He teaches elementary and intermediate language courses in Spanish.


Roger Zapata

Schmitt Hall 205F
(973) 655-5522

Roger A. Zapata, associate professor, received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are Colonial Latin America and the Latin American novel of the 20th and 21th centuries. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. He is the author of numerous articles on Latin American narrative and culture. His books include Guamán Poma: Indigenismo y estética de la dependencia en la cultura peruana and Imágenes de la Resistencia indígena y esclava: hacia una historia comparativa. He is completing a new book-length project on new Peruvian narrative to be published in Peru by Garcilaso de la Vega University.