Our Faculty - Global Languages and Literatures

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Ryan LaBrozzi

    Ryan LaBrozzi
    Associate Professor and Acting Chairperson of Global Languages and Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 324
    Tel:
    508.531.1477

    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.

    Degrees

    BA, MA, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

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  • Alba Aragón

    Alba Aragón
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 331
    Tel:
    508.531.2759

    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

    Degrees

    BA, New College of Florida
    AM, PhD, Harvard University

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  • Fernanda L. Ferreira

    Fernanda L. Ferreira
    Professor of Global Languages and Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 332
    Tel:
    508.531.2298

    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.

    Degrees

    BA, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife
    MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    PhD, University of New Mexico

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  • Dana Idelbi

    Dana Idelbi
    Instructor of Global Languages & Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 229
    Tel:
    508.531.3669

    Dana Idelbi received her masters degree in translation (Arabic to English) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She recently completed her masters degree in French from Middlebury College with Culture and Civilization as a concentration. Prior to coming to BSU, she taught third and fourth semesters of French at UWM. In 2011, she received her French business diploma (diplôme de français professionnel des affaires C1) from Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2009, she earned a B.A. in English from Damascus University.

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  • Leora Lev

    Leora Lev
    Professor of Global Languages and Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 322
    Tel:
    508.531.2449

    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.

    Degrees

    BA, Brandeis University
    MA, PhD, Harvard University, Romance Languages

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  • Minae Yamamoto Savas

    Minae Yamamoto Savas
    Professor of Global Languages and Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 321
    Tel:
    508.531.2511

    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.

    Degrees

    BA, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
    MEd, Temple University
    MA, PhD, The Ohio State University

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Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Alfred Crudale

    Part-Time Faculty
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.1279
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  • Alejandro Latinez

    Alejandro Latinez
    Instructor of Global Languages and Literatures
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 317
    Tel:
    508.531.2450

    Focusing on Latin America, Dr. Latinez's research interests are the representation of adolescence and the trope of illness. The foundation of Latin American nations is related to these two topics; they reveal, for example, the tensions around the practices of power and historical memory that are still current. 

    He has published articles about works of Clarice Lispector, José Lezama Lima, and Abraham Angel, on Andean cinema, and a study entitled Developments: Encounters of Formations in the Latin American and Hispanic/Latino Bildungsroman (Peter Lang, 2014). He is working on a book project about the representations of illness in Peruvian narrative and films. 

    He is very enthusiastic about teaching; he has participated in several conferences discussing topics such as the intersection of culture and second language teaching, heritage culture, service, and technology. At BSU, he aims to contribute with the Academic Achievement Center in the combined area of second language and learning disabilities. 

    He received a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University. His passions include family and sports.      

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  • Alejandra Peary

    Alejandra Peary
    Part-Time Faculty
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.1279
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  • Yongmei Wu

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hart Hall, Room 226/ Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.1799, 508.531.1279
    Areas of Expertise

    Gender studies, population aging, modern advertising, mass media and popular culture in East Asia. Specializes in Japanese Studies with a focus on Japan Anthropology.

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Staff Profiles