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Faculty and Staff

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Department Chair/Department Leadership

María José García-Vizcaíno, chair and associate professor of Spanish, received her PhD from the Universidad de Granada in Spain. Her research interests include Pragmatics, Politeness, Audiovisual Translation with a focus on Audio Description. She is the Director of both Translation Certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches courses including Theory and Practice in Translation, Audiovisual Translation and Audio Description.
Anne Edstrom, deputy chair and 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.

Administrative Services

For general departmental assistance, please email
Location: Schmitt 222
Phone: 973-655-7755

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.
Raúl Galoppe, Professor of Spanish, received a PhD from the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses on the dialogue between gender and genre in literature and the construction of subjectivity. Within the theoretical framework of Lacanian psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, and performance, he concentrates on Latin American and Latino film and cultural studies as well as Baroque Spanish drama. He explores representations of women and critical sexualities in Latino cultures as they appear in film, drama, and fiction. Dr. Galoppe teaches courses on Spanish Theatre of the Golden Age, Queer Cinema, Hispanic Literary Studies, and Audiovisual Translation. He recently published A Stubborn Ghost: Essays in Honor of Henry W. Sullivan, an edited volume for Peter Lang (2023). He also published “The Aesthetics of Desire: Martín Barreiro’s Staging of El burlador de Sevilla y Convidado de Piedra” in A Stubborn Ghost: Essays in Honor of Henry W. Sullivan, ed. Raúl A. Galoppe, New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2023, 161-70; “Espejos invertidos: Representaciones queer en el cine argentino” in Espacios de encuentro e identidad, ed. Marina Martin, New York: ALDEEU, 2019, 369-85; and “(Un)Faithful Renditions: Gender Dynamics in an Adaptation of Don Gil de las calzas verdes” in Bulletin of the Comediantes 6-1 (2015): 131-48.
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.
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
Mayra Badillo
Zachary Balog
Matthew Berg
Christopher Bond
Ileana Cabana
Jimena Caratti
Caroline DaCosta
Fanny De La Torre
Abigail Fana
Susana Fernandez Poyatos
Jose Fraga
Joaly Garcia
Raul Miranda
Sarai Moreno-Orta
Nelson Navarrete
Morella Ortiz
Colleen O’Rourke-Heredia
Jaime Paris
Claudia Perez
Raul Ramos
Ramon Robles Fernandez
Irma Sanchez
Dalia Santiago
Yajana Schwenk
Susana Toscano
John Orozco Villegas
Dulce Wechsler
Tracy Winslow
Jeffrey Zieleniewski

Latino Studies Adjunct Faculty

Robert Membreno

Portuguese Studies Adjunct Faculty

Lilia Arfinengo
Idalina Keller