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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures


Department Chair

Michele Magnin

Michele Magnin, PhD

Chair (all languages)
Director and Professor of French
(619) 260-4063

Office: Founders 138

Office Hours: T/Th, 4-5:30; W, 3-5 or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Michèle C. Magnin, PhD, has been a member of the department of Languages and Literatures since 1990. She is the director of the French section. She offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, women writers, advanced writing, and phonetics. She was director of the Faculty and Curriculum Diversity Program on campus for three years.

A native Parisian, Magnin has established strong links with the French community in San Diego. She was president of the San Diego chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Alliance Française.

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Loredana Di Martino

Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Director of Italian/Italian Studies
Associate Professor
(619) 260-2746

Office: Founders 144-A

Office Hours: M/W, 1:00-3:30 or by appointment

Loredana Di Martino joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Italian language, culture, and literature, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Italian and Italian American studies. Previously, she held positions at Georgetown University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature, the intersection between literature and philosophy, critical theory, and cultural studies. She is also Chapter advisor for GKA (The National Italian Honor Society) and faculty advisor for USD’s Italian Language and Culture Organization (ICLO).

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Kimberly Eherenman

Kimberly Eherenman, PhD

Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-4068

Office: Founders 134

Office Hours: M/W/F, 11:15-12:00; M/W, 1:30-2:45 or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Kim Eherenman, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990. Her specializations include Latin American poetry, pre-Columbian literatures and cultures, colonial and nineteenth century Latin American literature, and Mexican literature. Her research focus is Latin American poetry and translation. Formerly, she served as coordinator of the Latino Studies Program, executive director of the Guadalajara Summer Program, coordinator of the Spanish Area, and chair of this department. In addition, she has served as an external program reviewer for world language and literature programs at the university level. She is also a bilingual poet whose works have appeared in literary journals nationally and abroad.

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Kevin Guerrieri

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-7827

Office: Founders 130

Office Hours: None; on sabbatical until Fall 2016. (In his absence, advisees will consult with Dr. Simonovis-Brown.)

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and on the Spanish language. His research is focused on Latin American literature, specializing in Colombian narrative, with interests in cultural discourses of modernity and national formation, displacement and testimonio, and violence and human rights in Latin American cultural production, among other areas. Guerrieri is the current president of the Asociación de Colombianistas, an international organization that promotes the study of Colombia in the areas of the humanities and the social sciences.

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Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-2716

Office: Founders 144-F

Office Hours: On sabbatical until Fall 2016. Advisees consult with Dr. Simonovis-Brown.

Rebecca Ingram, PhD, joined the faculty in 2009. She teaches courses in modern Spanish cultural studies and literature, in addition to Spanish language at all levels. Her research focuses on food cultural studies in Spain, specifically on how cooking and other culinary discourses serve as modes for understanding Spain’s modernization. Additional areas of expertise include feminist theory and theories of consumer culture.

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Julia Medina, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director, Latin American Studies Program
(619) 260-2751

Office: Founders 144-J

Office Hours: M/W, 12:00-2:00; Th, 9:30-10:30; or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Julia Medina, Ph. D., joined the USD faculty in 2010. She has taught various courses on Latin American, Latino/a and TransAmerican literatures, cultures and film. She also teaches Spanish language courses of all levels. Professor Medina specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American Literature and Culture as well as in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.  Her current research focuses on the intersection between visual culture, non-fiction, resistance and intellectual representations in Central America.


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Alejandro Meter

Alejandro Meter, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
Director, Latin American Studies Program
(619) 260-7417

Office: Founders 132

Office Hours: T/Th, 5:30-6:30; W, 1:00-4:00; or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Alejandro Meter, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature of the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. His specializations include dictatorial and post-dictatorial fiction of the Southern Cone, migration and exile, and Latin American Jewish studies. His most recent research focuses on memory, trauma, and reconciliation. He currently directs the intersession Buenos Aires Program. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Sylvie Ngilla

Sylvie Ngilla, PhD

Assistant Professor, French
(619) 260-7841

Office: Founders 144-B

Office Hours: T/Th, 8:40-10:40; Th, 2:55-3:55

Sylvie Ndome Ngilla, PhD, joined the faculty in 2012. She teaches courses on French and Francophone language, culture, and literatures. Her research is focused on twentieth and twenty-first century francophone African theater in particular on aesthetics and discourses on chaos, cultural identities, gender, African diasporas, and globalization.

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Amanda L. Petersen

Amanda L. Petersen, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-4237

Office: Founders 144-C

Office Hours: None; on sabbatical until Fall 2016. (In her absence, advisees will consult with Dr. Simonovis-Brown.)

Amanda L. Petersen, PhD, joined the faculty in 2008. Affiliated with Latin American Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs, she teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture with an emphasis on Mexican studies. She also teaches all levels of Spanish language. A specialist in Latin American women authors, her research interests center on the difficulty of representing issues of gender and violence, in particular in contemporary Mexican short narratives by women authors. Her lines of investigation include spectrality, gender, visual culture, and border studies.

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Martin Repinecz

Martin Repinecz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi and the Spanish Club
(619) 260-7645

Office: Founders 144-H

Office Hours: M/W, 1:40-2:20 and 3:30-5:20

Martin Repinecz, Ph.D., joined the faculty at USD in 2013. His research focuses on questions of race and migration in modern Spain and Italy, as well as postcolonial, Mediterranean and Southern European cultural studies. At USD, he teaches courses on Spanish literature and film, as well as all levels of Spanish language.

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Cecilia Ruiz

Cecilia Ruiz, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-4072

Office: Founders 136

Office Hours: T/Th, 2:00-3:45; W, 2:30-4:00

Maria Cecilia Ruiz, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990.

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Leonora Simonovis-Brown

Leonora Simonovis-Brown, PhD

Director and Assoc. Professor of Spanish
(619) 260-4139

Office: Founders 144-G

Office Hours: M/W, 11:00-1:00; F, 12:00-1:00

Leonora Simonovis-Brown, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture, as well as all levels of Spanish language. Her teaching and research interests deal with issues of race and gender, the role of popular music in the construction of cultural identities, social mobility, and marginality in the Pan-Caribbean region.

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Richard Stroik

Richard Stroik, PhD

Associate Professor, French
(619) 260-4064

Office: Founders 144-D

Office Hours: M/W, 10:10-11:10; M, 1:30-4:30

Richard Stroik, PhD, came to the University of San Diego in 1991. He previously served as chair of the department and as coordinator of the Intensive Language (Dartmouth) Model for first-year language instruction and as a member of the executive committee of the Academic Assembly. He has been active in study abroad during his entire career, serving as chair of the Study Abroad committee and creating a summer program in France. His research interests are in 20th century French poetry and Camus. Stroik is a product of Catholic elementary and secondary education.

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Mei Yang, PhD

Director and Asst. Professor of Chinese
(619) 260-4062

Office: Founders 140

Office Hours: T/Th, 10:00-11:30; W, 10:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:30; or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Mei Yang teaches courses on Chinese language, literature and film. Her research areas include intellectual history, literary and cinematic realism, nationalism, civil agency, and the relationship between ideology and representation. As a scholar she seeks to contribute to our understanding of the past and present of China, and our contemporary world, through the study of art, literature and other social mediums. Prior to joining the faculty at USD, she coordinated language teaching in the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Monterey, CA, as a team leader and a technology specialist, and was awarded “Provost Team Teaching Excellence.” Also, she was a member of the faculty senate and Research Board while working in the University of Mississippi.

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Íñigo Yanguas

Íñigo Yanguas, PhD

Language Coordinator
Associate Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-7849

Office: Founders 128

Office Hours: M, 11:00-1:00; W, 12:00-3:00; or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Íñigo Yanguas, PhD, joined the faculty in 2012 as an Associate Professor and Language Coordinator. He teaches Spanish and Linguistics classes in the department. His research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL) and instruction, heritage language acquisition, and second language acquisition. Currently, he is investigating different aspects of computer-mediated interaction. In addition, he is experimenting with several programs and applications in order to foster student involvement and L2 production.

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