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Spanish Faculty

Akassi, Clément Animan, Ph.D.

- Office: Locke Hall 330
- (202) 806-4590
- animanclement@yahoo.fr

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty
Ph. D., Universidad de Alcala (Madrid/Spain)

Research Interests
Afro-Latino Studies (Cuba, and Latin America)/Hispanophone Africana Studies (Equatorial Guinea, Africa, and African Diaspora); Representations of Blacks in Latin American discourses/thoughts/cultural productions; (Re)negotiation of Black identities; African and African Diaspora comparative studies; Postcolonial/cultural theories/womanism; literary theory and criticism; Sociocriticism

   

Bolton, Algris Xiomara,M.A.

- Office: Locke Hall 361
- (202) 806-5198
- X.bolton@hotmail.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A., Howard University

Research Interests
Afro-Panamanian Culture/Folklore

Teaching Philosophy

Davis, James, J., Ph.D. - Office: Locke Hall 350
- (202) 806-6758
- jdavis@howard.edu

Professor and Graduate Faculty
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Research Interests
African Americans and foreign language learning , the history of Black education, and the manifestations of Blackness in the literature of the Dominican Republic.

   
   
Dunzo, Annette I., Ph.D. - Office: Locke Hall 324
- (202) 806-4911
- adunzo@howard.edu

Spanish Supervisor, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California - LA

Research Interests
Spain (Peninsular) literature: 16th-17th Centuries; Blacks in Spain; Afro-Hispanic (Women) Studies

Galván, Edilberto - Office: TBA
-Phone Number: TBA
- edilbertogalvan@gmail.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A., Howard University

Courses to be Taught (Fall 2015)
Spanish 001, 002, 003, 004.

   

Gonzále-Nuñez, Anaxidalia M.A.

- Office Number: TBA
Phone Number: TBA
eMail: anaxi3@yahoo.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A., Howard University

Courses to be Taught (Fall 2015)
Spanish 001, 002, 003, 004.

   

Mondragón, Amelia, Ph.D.

- Office: Locke Hall 320
- (202) 806-6281
- amondragon@howard.edu

Spanish Coordinator, Professor
Ph. D., University of Maryland

Research Interests
Nicaraguan literature; Latin American poetry

   

Murillo, Antonio, M.A.

- Office: Locke Hall 326
- (202) 806-6768
- ithebalways@hotmail.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A., Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Bogotá, Colombia

Research Interests
African-American Literature - The African Diaspora Dynamics

Courses to be Taught (Fall 2015) Spanish 001 and Spanish 002

Professional Affiliation Member, College Language Association (CLA)

   

Smart, Ian I., Ph.D.

- Office: Locke Hall 328
- (202) 806-4640
- iansmart@verizon.net

Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of California - LA

Research Interests
Afro Hispanic Studies; African and Caribbean carnival

   

Tibbits, Mercedes Vidal, Ph.D.

- Office: Locke Hall 332
- Phone Number:(202) 806-4582
- eMail: mtibbits@howard.edu

Professor and Graduate Faculty
Ph.D., Tulane University

Research Interests
Nineteenth Century Peninsular Spanish Literature; Characters of African descent in Nineteenth Century Peninsular Theatre; Catalan Literature

Professional Affiliations
Member, Modern Language Association (MLA; Member, College Language Association (CLA); Member, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); Member, Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos (ALDEEU); Member, North American Catalan Society (NACS); Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) ; Member, Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas; Member, Instituto Cervantes.

Recent Publications
_ "La raza y el racismo como elementos estilísticos en obras de teatro ochocentistas." Estéticas y estilos en la literatura española del siglo XIX. Barcelona, Spain: PPU, Universitat de Barcelona, 2014. 545-52.

_ "Nineteenth-Century Peninsular Spanish Plays as Socio-Political Statements on Abolition." International Conference: Africa and People of African Descent. Issues and Actions to Re-envision the Future. Howard University, Sept. 2011. Accepted for publication in 2013.

_ "De Francia a España: Personajes negros en obras de teatro peninsulares ochocentistas inspiradas en obras francesas." La literatura española del siglo XIX y las literaturas europeas. Barcelona: PPU, Universitat de Barcelona, 2011. 529-39.

   

Varela, Verny, M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 317
- Phone Number: (202) 806-5076
- eMail: vernymusic@gmail.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A., Howard University

Research Interests

My research is about Currulao that is a typical music from the Pacif Coast of Colombia. This investigation explains why Currulao is a cultural resistance of the Afro-Colombians.

   

Walton, Mesi, M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 317
- Phone Number: (202) 806-6758
- eMail: mewalton@yahoo.com

Lecturer of Spanish
M.A. & M.A.Ed., Howard University

Research Interests
Cultural retentions and identities in the African Diaspora.

Courses to be Taught (Fall 2015) Spanish I & III

Professional Affiliations
Member, College Language Association (CLA).

   

Williams, Clarissa, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall - 317
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4483
- eMail: dr.clarissa.williams@outlook.com

Lecturer of Spanish
Ph.D., Howard University

Research Interest
Afro-Latino studies (with special emphasis on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean); Afro-Latino cultural identity (re)negotiation; Representations of Afro-Brazilian women in the media; Intercultural/Interpersonal Communication; Salsa music and lyrics as vehicles of protest and/or social change; Africana Studies

Courses Taught (Fall 2015)
Spanish 003, Introduction to Humanities

Professional Affiliations
Member, College Language Association; Member, Eastern Communication Association; Member, National Communication Association; Member, Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Recent Publications
_ Williams, Clarissa J, trans. Women's Poems of Protest and Resistance: Honduras (2009-2014). By Lety Elvir and Maria Roof, Eds. Washington: Casarola, 2015.
_ Williams, Clarissa J. "Black in a Light-Skinned World: Representations of Afro-Brazilian Women in Brazilian Media and Society." Pictures and Mirrors, Volume II: Race and Access to Higher Education in Brazil. Ed. Max Pendergraph. Raleigh: Lulu Publishing, 2014.

   
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FRENCH

Aline, Virginie, M.A. - Office Number: Locke Hall- 324
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4591
- eMail: virginie.aline@howard.edu

Lecturer of French
M.A., Howard University

   
Derakhshesh, Derayeh, Ph.D. - Office Number: Locke Hall - 314
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4219
- eMail: thursdayinparis@verizon.net

Professor of French
Ph.D., University of Paris

Research Interests
Nineteenth and twentieth century French literature; Women's and Feminist Studies; Francophone literature with emphasis on feminist issues.

Courses to be Taught (Fall 2015)
Reading/Writing Workshop; Oral Expression 001; French 004

Professional Affiliations
Member, College Language Association; Member, Modern Language Association

   

Diene, Khady, Ph.D.

- Office Number: TBA
- Phone Number: TBA
- eMail: TBA

Lecturer of French

   

Diggs, Cerue, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 308
- Phone Number: (202) 806-6769
- eMail: Cerue.diggs@howard.eduu

Lecturer of French
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Research Interests
German Travel Narratives and other Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Prose; Multicultural and Post-colonial Studies; Women's Studies; Germany and Africa; German Film Studies; Foreign language instruction; Identity Formation

   
   

Scotto di Pompéo, Paul Albert Roger, M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall - 361
- Phone Number: (202) 806-5198
- eMail: paul.scottodipompeo@howard.edu

Lecturer of French
Department of World Languages and Cultures Technology Coordinator M.A., Howard University

Courses to be Taught (Spring 2016)
French 001

Research Interests
Francophone Cultures in urban settings. Second language acquisition. Français Langue Étrangère (FLE). Distance-Learning, hybrid, Face-to-Face, and using technology to enhance second language acquisition. Teaching the French language through Art and Culture. International Francophone Relations. French-to-English and English-to-French Interpretation and translation.

Social Media
Linkedin
Facebook

   

Taty, Jean-Jacques, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall - 320
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4926
- eMail: jtaty@howard.edu

French Supervisor, Associate Professor of French
Ph.D., Sorbonne University/ Paris

Research Interests
Postcolonial Studies, Theoretical and Aesthetic Canon of Cinema as a Visual Medium, Arts and Literature as Vehicle and Tool for New Cultural Identity in Postcolonial Africa (especially in francophone countries), Arts, Culture and Social Change.

   

Wallace, Karen, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 314
- Phone Number:(202) 806-4217
- eMail: kwallace@howard.edu

French Coordinator, Professor of French
Ph.D., City University of New York

Research Interests
French language and literature; Francophone Caribbean and African literature; Women studies

   
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GERMAN

Diggs, Cerue, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 308
- Phone Number: (202) 806-5074
- eMail: Cerue.diggs@howard.edu

Lecturer of German
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Research Interests
German Travel Narratives and other Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Prose; Multicultural and Post-colonial Studies; Women’s Studies;  Germany and Africa; German Film Studies; Foreign language instruction; Identity Formation

   

Johnston-Arthur, Araba Everlyn, M.A.

- Office Number: TBA
- Phone Number: TBA
- eMail: araba.evelyn.johnston-arthur@univie.ac.at

Lecturer of German

   

Poser, Yvonne M., Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 366
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4401
- eMail: yposer@howard.edu

Associate Professor of German
Ph. D., University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests
Afro-German History and Culture; Women's Studies; East West German Literature; Holocaust Studies, twentieth century German Literature,

Professional Affiliations American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), College Language Association (CLA), German Academic Exchange Service (German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD).

   

Sephocle, Marilyn, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 370
- Phone Number: (202) 806-5219
- eMail: Msephocle@howard.edu

Associate Professor of German
Ph.D., New York University

Bio
With Dr. Carol Beane and Dr. Antonio Rodriguez (ret.), Dr. Marilyn Sephocle founded the Interpretation and Translation Unit which trains students in Simultaneous Interpretation in twelve languages. In addition to a Ph.D. in German from New York University, Dr. Sephocle obtained an MBA from Howard University and an MIPP (Master's in International Public Policy) from SAIS Johns Hopkins. Her publications focus on Afro-Gemans studies, Afro-European studies and on women in diplomacy. Dr. Sephocle is the organizer of the annual Women Ambassadors Conference.

Courses
German, business German, simultaneous interpretation, literature and culture courses

Research Interests
Afro-Gemans studies, Afro-European studies and on women in diplomacy

   

White-Jackson, Vernessa, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 370
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4119
- eMail: vwhite-jackson@howard.edu

Department Chair
Professor of German
Ph.D., SUNY University

Research Interests
Politics in German and Austrian Literature, 1890-1980; Alienation, Consciousness, and Identity in African-American and East German Fiction; Construction of Black German Consciousness; Translation

   
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LESS COMMONLY TAUGHT LANGUAGES (LCTL)

AMHARIC

Tafessework, Gebeyehu, M.A.Ed.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 358
- Phone Number: (202) 806-6758
- tafesseworkg@yahoo.com

Lecturer of Amharic
M.A.Ed., University of Maryland University College

Courses
Amharic 001, Amharic 002, Amharic 003

Social Media Links
Facebook: Tafessework Gebeyehu

   
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ARABIC

Moutraji, Raslan M., M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 362
- Phone Number:(202) 806-4120
- eMail: RaslanMoutraji@hotmail.com

Master Instructor, Arabic
M. A., American University(Cairo)

Courses
Arabic 001, 002, 003, 004 and Arabic Oral Expression 001 and 011.

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CHINESE

Chang, Julie, M.A.

- Office: Library
- Phone Number: (202) 806-2374
-eMail: julieandrist@yahoo.com

Lecturer of Haitian Creole

   
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JAPANESE

Yamakita, Etsuko, M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 366
- Phone Number:(202) 806-4123
- eMail: eyamakita@hotmail.com

Master Instructor of Japanese

Courses
Japanese 001, 002, 003, 004 and Advanced Japanese courses.

KOREAN

Sue, Kim, M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 360
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4311
- eMail: sue.kim@howard.edu

Adjunct Faculty in Korean
M.A., Seoul Woman’s University

Social Media
Linkedin

Courses to be Taught:
Korean 001, 002, 003, 004, and Korean Culture 100

   
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RUSSIAN

Lugo de Fabritz, B. Amarilis, Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 358
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4415
- eMail: blugo@howard.edu

Master Instructor of Russian
Ph.D., University of Washington

Research Interests
Russian language and literature, Spanish language and literature, Slavic studies, film studies, Cuban studies, Gender studies, political science, history, Poesa de la experiencia, La movida en España, twentieth century poetry, African-American experience in Russia.

Social Media
All Russia Blog

   
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SWAHILI

Lybaya, Mkamburi M., M.A.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 368
- Phone Number: (202) 806-4121
- eMail: mmlyabaya@verizon.net

Master Instructor of Swahili
M.A., Howard University

   
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WOLOF

Diene, Khady, M.A.

- Office Number:TBA
- Phone Number:TBA
- eMail: dienekhady@hotmail.com
   
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YORUBA

Omolola, Bayo R., Ph.D.

- Office Number: Locke Hall 380
- Phone Number: (202) 806-6224
- eMail: bayo.omolola@howard.edu

Lecturer of Yoruba
Ph.D., University of South Africa, in Pretoria

Research Interests
African Cinema, Literature, Rhetoric and Oral Tradition; Yoruba Studies (Cinema, Language, Verbal Arts, Folktales, Culture, Traditional Religion, Royalty, & Heroism); African Society, African Diaspora, Human Rights, Media, & Governance

Courses to be Taught:
Introduction to Humanities 002, Yoruba 001, Yoruba 002, Yoruba 003.

Professional Affiliations:
Member, African Literature Association; Member, African Languages Teachers Association

Recent Publications

_ Omolola, Bayo. Two Contrasting Perspectives on Women in ¿j÷ Meji, a Yoruba Movies." Literary Crosswords: An Exploration of Women, Gender, and Other Hoods. Ed. Blessing Ogamba and Elaine Sykes. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015. Print.

_ Omolola, Bayo. "The Sneeze of the Giant." The Word 8.2 (2014):9. Print.

_ Omolola, Bayo. "Culturally, Historically Communicating the Yoruba's Traditional Concept of Military Heroism: Ààr÷ Ona-Kakanfò." Kome, International Journal of Pure Communication Inquiry 1.2 (2013): 81-97. Web. 18 May 2015.

   
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STAFF

Crawford, Brenda

- Office Number:350
- Phone Number:(202)806-6759
- eMail: bcrawford@howard.edu
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College of Arts and Sciences Department of World Languages and Cultures