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Faculty and Staff

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Department Chair/Department Leadership

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, 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.

Full-Time Faculty

Antonella Calarota-Ninman, Spanish language coordinator and instructional specialist, received her PhD from the University of Madrid (UNED) in Latin American literature. She teaches all levels of Spanish, as well as courses in Culture, Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Literature. Her academic interests include poetry and Modernism in Latin America. She is also the faculty advisor of Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic Honor Society at Montclair State.
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, 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, 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, assistant professor of Spanish, received his PhD in Latin American Literature from Stanford University. He teaches linguistics, grammar, and composition courses in Spanish.
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.

Part-Time Faculty

Spanish Adjunct Faculty

Sara Almuina Viz
Ana-Maria Zaharescu-Badea
Mayra Badillo
Zachary Balog
Monika Bartlett
Allison Buzzelli
Ileana Cabana
Jimena Caratti
Caroline DaCosta
Fanny De la Torre
Susana Fernandez Poyatos
Jose Fraga
Patrick McGuinness
Raul Miranda
Maisha Mitchell
Sarai Moreno-Orta
Colleen O’Rourke-Heredia
Jaime Paris
Claudia Perez
Ramon Robles Fernandez
Irma Sanchez
Dalia Santiago
Yajana Schwenk
Hector Velasquez
Dulce Wechsler
Tracy Winslow
Jeffrey Zieleniewski

Latino Studies Adjunct Faculty

Doris Fernandez
Robert Membreno
David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa

Portuguese Studies Adjunct Faculty

Lilia Arfinengo
Idalina Keller