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FACULTY

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Binghamton University is pleased to introduce the distinguished members of its faculty. You will find them in their offices during office hours, available by appointment, willing to take a phone call, eager to assist students in the learning process and help identify problems with their individual courses. Some are relative newcomers to Binghamton, others have made the university "home" for many years.

FRENCH

Yulia Bosworth | bosworth@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Robyn Cope | rcope@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Dora Polachekdpolachk@binghamton.edu | 607-777-6507

Sandro Sticca | ssticca@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

 

FRENCH ADJUNCTS

Julia Johnson johnson@binghamton.edu  607-777-2645

Carmen Swoffer-Penna  swoffer@binghamton.edu  607-777-2645

 

ITALIAN 

Brendan Hennessey | bhenness@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Mario Moroni | mmoroni@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Dana Stewartstewart@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

 

ITALIAN ADJUNCTS

Gary Roselle grosell2@binghamton.edu

Rachel Samiani rsamiani@gmail.com   607-777-2548


SPANISH

Chesla Ann Bohinskibohinski@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Sandra Casanova-Vizciano |casanova@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Salvador Fajardofajardo@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548 Personal website

Melissa Figueroa | mfiguero@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

James Hasselljhassell@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Ana Rosaros@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

Antonio Sobejano-Moránsobe@binghamton.edu | 607-777-2548

 

SPANISH ADJUNCTS

Carlos Alonso chipo2002tin@yahoo.com 607-777-2548

Maria Alonso malonso@binghamton.edu 607-777-2548

Magdal  Bedrin mbedrin@binghamton.edu 607-777-2548

Maria-Luisa Bracaglia-Kapral mariakapral@rocketmail.com 607-777-2548

Sean Cook scook1@binghamton.edu 607- 777-2548

Cindy Totolis ctotolis@binghamton.edu 607-777-2548

  

Yulia Bosworth

Professor Bosworth teaches courses and advises students in the French Language and Linguistics track. Her course offerings include Introduction to French Linguistics, Advanced French Syntax, French Phonetics and Pronunciation, Phonology of Contemporary French, French in North America and other topics courses on selected aspects of interest in French and francophone linguistics and civilization. She will direct and lead a summer program in Quebec City, offering an upper-level course in Quebec language and culture to students who have completed the first two years of introductory French.

Professor Bosworth’s main area of specialization in linguistics is phonology, with a particular focus on Quebecois French. Her additional research concentration is Quebec Studies, with a special interest in the relationship between language and identity. In the area of language pedagogy, her work focuses on the study of the overall decline of foreign languages and language programs in higher education.

She received her BA degrees in French and Political Science as well as a Master's degree in French Studies from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She received a doctorate in French Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous teaching appointment was at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, as an instructor of French and Russian.

 

Robyn Cope


 

Dora Polachek

Received her B.A. from Barnard College, her M.A. from New York University, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her area of specialization is French Renaissance literature. She has published extensively on Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne and Brantôme as well as on the role of women during the French Wars of Religion. Her other research interests include French Renaissance theater and issues relating to gender and power in the early modern period.

Her teaching specialties include the French comic tradition, the novella, seventeenth century theater, and representations of the self in the early modern period. She is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as of the University Award for Excellence in International Education. She is the faculty advisor for Binghamton University's chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international language honor society, as well as of the weekly Table française.

 

Sandro Sticca

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, received a B.A. magna cum laude in English from Utica College, an MA in English literature from Syracuse University and a PhD. in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University in 1966. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Littérature Française at the Sorbonne (1962-1964). He is the author of 38 books written in English and Italian and of numerous essays on French, Italian, Latin, Greek and German Literature. His special interests are in Romance Philology, Medieval Literature (Latin, French and Italian), Medieval and Renaissance Drama and Lyric and Modern French and Italian Literature and Comparative Literature. He is the founder of Mediaevalia (1975), CEMERS journal, of which he was Editor in 1975-1979 and 1995-2008. He was Editor of the Bernardo Lecture Series from 1998 to 2007. He has received several awards and recognitions among which Cavaliere of the Italian Republic  (2008) from Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy, Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humane Letters from Utica College (2007), Doctorate Honoris Causa in Art History from the Accademia Internazionale “Città di Roma” (2008), Premio Diamante from the “Ateneo” of Poesia, Rome (2005), Public Recognition from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in May 2010 for his service to CEMERS and Mediaevalia.  He has lectured widely at the national and international level at such universities as Cornell, Toronto, Michigan State, Michigan, Bucarest, La Sorbonne, Aix-en-Provence, Bruxelles, Louvain, Rome, Urbino, Chieti, L'Aquila, Wake Forrest, Duquesne, Utah, etc.

He has been Director of CEMERS and Chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures. He is presently Editor of Studies in Christian Thought and Tradition and of Studia Italica. Among his books are: The Latin Passion Play. Its Origins and Development (Albany,1970); The Planctus Mariae in the Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages (Athens, 1988); La poetica del Tempo Sacramentale “L’Annonce faite a’ Marie” of Paul Claudel and “Viviana” of Memmo Pinori (Chieti, 1996); Saints, Studies in Hagiography, ed. (Binghamton, MRTS, 1996); Gennaro Manna Tra Vita e Narrativa (Sulmona, 1998); La poesia di Gennaro Manna: il Verbo del Sacro e dell’Assurdo (Roma, 2009); Tocco Casauria 1859-1868. Risorgimento – Brigantaggio – Guardiania Rurale (Pescara, 2009); I Dipinti di Carlo Zaccardi. L’impronta della civiltà contadina (Parma, Biblioteca d’Arte Imago, 2003);  Bicentenario della Nascita (1810-2010) del Poeta Domenico Stromei (Roma, 2010).

He is the author of several monographs among which: The Officium Passionis Domini: An Unpublished Manuscript of the Fourteenth Century (St. Bonaventure University Press, 1975); Sulmona ed il teatro medieval abruzzese  (Sulmona, 1980); Le “Metamorfosi” nel mondo anglosassone (Sulmona, Centro Ovidiano di Studi e Ricerche, 1997); Il Tempo e la Musa: la Poesia di Nicola Terzini (Chieti, Centro Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche, 1998).  He is the author of 58 articles among which: “Anticipation as a Literary technique in Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu,” Symposium, XX (1966), 254-262; “Christian Drama and Christian Liturgy,” Latomus. Revue d’Etudes Latines, XXVI (1967), 1025-1034; “The Drama of Being and Seeming in Schnitzler’s Anatol and Pirandello’s Cosi è se vi pare,” Modern Austrian Literature, V (1966), 1-28; “Christian Ethics and Courtly Doctrine in Beroul’s Tristan et Iseut,” Classica et Mediaevalia, XXIX (1973), 223-248;  “The Christos Paschon and the Byzantine Theater,” Comparative Drama, VIII (1974), 13-44; “Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Birth of the French Nouvelle,” Forum Italicum, XI (1977), 1-33; “Existential Anguish in the Poetry of Reyes Carbonell,” Duquesne Hispanic Review, XI (1975), 1-22; “Italy: Liturgy and Christocentric Spirituality,” in Theatre of Medieval Europe, ed. Eckehard Simon (Cambridge, Harvard University, 1991), 169-188; “Petrarch’s Triumphs and its Medieval Dramatic Heritage, “ in Petrarch’s Triumphs. Allegory and Spectacle, eds. Konrad Eiesenbichler and Amilcare A. Iannucci, University of Toronto Italian Studies 4 (Ottowa, 1990), 47-62;  “Sacred Drama and Comic Realism in Hrotswitha’s Paphnutius,” in Herman Braet, Johan Nowe, Gilbert Tournoy, eds. The Theatre of the Middle Ages (Leuven, Belgium, 1985), 12-43;  “Hrotswitha of Gandersheim (c. 935-975),” in Katharina M. Wilson and Nadia Margolis, eds. Women in the Middle Ages, 2 Vols. (Westport, 2004), I, 436-441; “Garibaldi nella storiografia angloamericana,” in Riccardo Campa, ed. Giuseppe Garibaldi e l’Indipendenza delle nazioni (Roma, 2008), 225-240.

 

ITALIAN

 

 

Mario Moroni

Mario Moroni was born in the region of Rome, Italy. He moved to the United States in 1989. He received a PhD from Northwestern University.  Prior to Binghamton University, Professor Moroni has taught at Yale University, the University of Memphis, and Colby College.  Mario Moroni has published seven volumes of poetry and one of poetic prose. 

In 1989 he was awarded the Lorenzo Montano prize for poetry. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. His articles and essays have been published in numerous journals and collections of essays. As a critic, Mario Moroni has published the volumes  Essere e fare (Luisè, 1991), La presenza complessa (Longo, 1998), and Al limite (Le Monnier, 2007). He has co-edited three collections of essays:  Italian Modernism, with L. Somigli (U. of Toronto Press, 2004), From Eugenio Montale to Amelia Rossellii, with J. Butcher (Troubador Press, 2004), and Neoavanguardia, with P. Chirumbolo and L. Somigli (U. of Toronto Press, 2010). Currently he is co-editing a new collection of essays devoted to Italian culture in the 1980s. 

Mario Moroni's areas of teaching and research interest are: elementary and intermediate Italian language, composition and conversation, linguistics, semantics, and rhetoric, Italian and European history, cultural history, and literature from 1800 to the present.

 

Dana Stewart

Teaching specialties are Italian literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Humanism, and medieval science and magic.

Her areas of interest in research are: Dante, early Italian lyric poetry, medieval French love literature, and the history of science. She is active in the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) and is Editor-in-Chief for Mediaevalia. Professor Stewart's graduate work, masters and doctorate, was done at Stanford University.

 

SPANISH

 

 Chesla Ann Bohinski

Professor Bohinski received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University (Scranton, PA), her master’s degree from Millersville University (Millersville, PA), and her Ph.D. from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Her areas of specialty include second language acquisition and applied linguistics. More specifically, she has much interest in second language vocabulary acquisition and has presented her research at various conferences including the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference.

Prior to her working at Binghamton University, Professor Bohinski was a public high school Spanish teacher for eight years. With this experience combined with her doctoral work, Professor Bohinski dedicates herself not only to teaching Spanish, but also to helping present and future educators identify the most effective ways to facilitate the teaching and learning of a second language.

Professor Bohinski is the supervisor of the department’s lower-level language program and is also the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in French and Spanish Adolescence Education. For more information about either the department’s language courses or the MAT program, please contact Professor Bohinski at bohinski@binghamton.edu.

 

Salvador Fajardo

Principal fields of scholarly interest are Cervantes and Spanish poetry, mainly 20th Century Spanish peninsular. Professor Fajardo did his doctorate at the University of Chicago.

He is the author of books on the French novelist Calude Simon and on the Spanish poets  Luis Cernuda and Rafael Alberti, editor of various collections of essays on 20th century Spanish poetry and co-editor of a recently published collection on Don Quijote.

For more information, visit romance.binghamton.edu/sfajardo.

 

James Hassell

Professor Hassell completed his doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is currently teaching Spanish and French, and his fields of scholarly interest are medieval rhetoric, Latin American culture, language acquisition and 17th century French literature. He is currently completing an edition of Molière’s Tartuffe.

 

Ana Ros

Ana Ros received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan in 2008. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary Latin America literature and cinema, the post-dictatorship period in the Southern Cone; collective memory and intergenerational relations; political and economic exile, and class relations.

Professor Ros is the author of The Post-dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Collective Memory and Cultural Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her most recent articles are “Forgiveness and Reconciliation as Generational Questions, Argentina 1982-2011”, Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism (forthcoming 2012), “Leaving and Letting Go as Possible Ways of Living Together in Jorge Gaggero’s Live-in Maid” in Cacilda Rêgo and Carolina Rocha (eds.) New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema (Bristol: Intellect, 2011), and “Young Argentine Filmmakers Remembering the Past from a Present of Crisis” in Gallagher David (ed.) Latin American Studies: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution (Palo Alto: Academica Press, 2011).

At Binghamton University, she was granted a Dean’s Research Semester Award and was a Fellow of the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities.
In the last years, she has taught survey and topic courses include “Social Conflict Through Children’s Eyes: Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cinema,” “The Latin American Literary Boom and Its Narratives,” “Reality and/or Imagination: Expressing Twentieth Century Latin America,” and “19th Century Latin American Literature and Culture.”

For more information, visit http://binghamton.academia.edu/AnaRos.

 

Antonio Sobejano-Morán

Research concentrations are mainly on 20th Century Spanish literature with emphasis on Metafiction. He also works on 20th Century Spanish theater and more recently developed a course that fuses together Narrative and film. Although his teaching usually includes 20th Century Spanish literature, he also teaches  additional courses each term, such as, 18th and 19th Century Spanish literature, picaresque novel, and Business Spanish.

Professor Sobejano-Morán received his baccalaureate degree from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; his masters and doctorate from Michigan State University.

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