Department of Global Languages and Literatures
The Department of Global Languages and Literatures is committed to helping students develop an in-depth understanding of foreign languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures and civilizations.
Our students learn to express their ideas and views in a new language while discovering how another culture has contributed to societal development. They become engaged international citizens who enlist language skills and cultural knowledge to succeed in a variety of careers and intellectual disciplines in an increasingly globalized world.
Minae Yamamoto Savas is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining BSU, she taught at Colgate University and Hamilton College, where she offered courses on Japanese literature and culture as well as Japanese language. She also taught Japanese in the Summer Immersion Program at Middlebury College. She is an Associate in Research at Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. She writes on various themes in Noh and Kyogen, two distinctive forms of traditional Japanese performing arts, as well as the influences of Noh on other art forms. Her primary research interest lies in the dynamic nature of traditional Japanese theater that comes together as negotiations between forces and perspectives in the political, cultural, and aesthetic realms.
BA, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
MEd, Temple University
MA, PhD, The Ohio State University
Alba F. Aragón is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature. She teaches courses in Spanish language and Hispanic literatures in the Department of Global Languages and Literatures, as well as courses in U.S. Latino and Latin American literature in translation in the Department of English.
Dr. Aragón’s current research focuses on the significance of fashion and the dressed body in key texts of modern Latin American literature and culture. Engaging in archival research and drawing from the fields of history, social anthropology, critical theory, and gender studies, her work articulates the role of fashion in advancing specific political and artistic agendas in modern Latin America. She has also engaged in literary translation, and some of this work has appeared in anthologies of poetry by Central American women.
She is also Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender/GLBT Studies programs at BSU.
For more on Dr. Aragón’s work, see:
Faculty Recognition: Dr. Alba Aragón, Global Languages/English
Faculty Member Speaks at Spanish Embassy
BA, New College of Florida
AM, PhD, Harvard University
Dr. Ferreira's research interests encompass language contact situations, Ibero-Romance linguistics, Creole language studies, Phonetics and Phonology. She is especially interested in the differences and similarities between Latin American varieties of Spanish and Portuguese. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of the plural /s/ morpheme in Brazilian Portuguese and varieties of Caribbean Spanish. Dr. Ferreira tries to incorporate her research into her teaching by fostering respect for social and regional dialects in all of her language classes. While teaching Portuguese at Bridgewater State University, she came into contact with several heritage learners of Portuguese and has since conducted research into the particular issues that concern heritage language pedagogy.
BA, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife
MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, University of New Mexico
Professor LaBrozzi 's research examines ways to facilitate classroom second language acquisition for adult learners. This research specifically investigates the effect of study abroad and individual cognitive differences on processing redundant lexical and morphological cues in a second language. He teaches all levels of Spanish classes, as well as courses in Linguistics.
BA, MA, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Leora Lev contributed several essays and an interview with filmmaker John Waters to Enter At Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2006), an anthology she also edited, and which was reviewed as "a knockout book" by internationally-acclaimed writer Scott Heim and won the Bridgewater Distinguished Faculty Research Award. She has also published, internationally, essays, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on Hispanic cinema, European art and fiction, and transgressive aesthetics; an exhibit catalogue (Kavi Kupta Gallery); and New York Times editorials. She has been interviewed by the New York Times and the Village Voice, and was an invited speaker at symposia in Abu Dhabi, Ireland, France, and at NYU and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lev teaches art history in Paris in the summers.
BA, Brandeis University
MA, PhD, Harvard University, Romance Languages
Leo Shingchi Yip received his doctorate in East Asian languages and literatures from The Ohio State University. Dr. Yip's research interests lie in the assimilation of Chinese culture and literature in Japan, with a focus on the interplay between the “other” and the “self.” He was a Freeman Postdoc Fellow of East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University and an awardee of Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Asian Performance. Dr. Yip has published articles on Sino-Japanese cultural exchanges in traditional performances in various peer-reviewed journals. In 2016, he published his first book China Reinterpreted: Staging the Other in Muromachi Noh Theater. He enjoys playing tennis and hiking.
The department offers a BA in Spanish with the option of concentrating in Secondary Education, a minor in Spanish or Portuguese, and opportunities to gain practical working knowledge in one or more of 12 foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French and Russian.
Proficiency in one or more foreign languages expands career options considerably. Many corporations and other private and public organizations operate on a global basis and actively seek consultants and employees who are bilingual. Careers that are more specific to language include teaching or working as a foreign service officer, a translator or interpreter, an immigration officer or in international business.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.