Foreign Language Faculty

Dr. Brian Arganbright
  • Dr. Brian Arganbright
  • Associate Professor of French
  • Ph.D., New York University, 2001
    M.Phil., New York University, 1997
    M.A., New York University, 1995
    M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1991
    B.A., B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1988
Dr. William Burwick
  • Dr. William Burwick
  • Bingham Scholar, German
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2016
    M.A., History, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 2011
    M.A., Germanics, University of Washington-Seattle, 2010
    B.A., Pitzer College, 2006
Dr. Simonetta Cochis
  • Dr. Simonetta Cochis
  • Professor of French and Spanish
  • Ph.D., New York University, 1998
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1990
    B.A., Arizona State University, 1967
Ms. Lisa Contreras
  • Ms. Lisa Contreras
  • Instructor in Spanish
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
    B.A., Arizona State University
Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker
  • Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker
  • Professor of Spanish;
  • Ph.D., Spanish Language and Literature, University of Kentucky, 1986
    M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, 1981
    B.A., Spanish, Nazareth College, 1978
Dr. Qian Gao
  • Dr. Qian Gao
  • Associate Professor of Chinese Language and
  • Ph.D., Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film, University of Oregon, 2007
    M.A., Asian Studies, University of Oregon, 2003
    B.A., English Language and Literature, Northwest University, 1995
Dr. Martha Ojeda
  • Dr. Martha Ojeda
  • Professor of Spanish and French;
  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Kentucky, 1998
    M.A., French, University of Kentucky, 1993
    B.A., French, Berea College, 1991
Dr. Jeremy Paden
  • Dr. Jeremy Paden
  • Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2004
    M.A., University of Memphis, 1998
    B.A., Harding University, 1996
Postwar Austrian Literature – Josef Winkler, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Thomas Bernhard
Theories of Narratology in 19th Century Literature. Focus on Romanticism (E.T.A. Hoffmann) and Realism (Theodor Fontane)
Afro-Latino literatures and cultures
Testimonial narratives
Modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film with a focus on history, memory, and modernity
Popular culture in contemporary China
Poetry and visual art; ekphrasis
The Catholic Church in Spanish history and society
Chicano Literature 1950s-1980s
19th and 20th century Indigenist Literature of Ecuador and Peru
Latin American poetry
Colonial Latin American literature
History and literature of the Belle Époque
The novelist Charles-Louis Philippe