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Daniela Bini

Professor, Italian and Comparative Literature, Italian Studies |
512-471-5995 |
HRH 3.112C

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Douglas G. Biow

Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Italian Studies |
512-471-7267 |
HRH 2.110B

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Interests: cultural, literary, art, medical, diplomatic, and intellectual history of Renaissance Italy; masculinities; the history of individualism

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David P. Birdsong

Professor, French Linguistics |
512-471-7299 |
HRH 2.122

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University, Romance Languages and Literatures

Interests: second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, bilingualism, French linguistics

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Marc Bizer

Professor, French Studies |
512-471-7780 |
HRH 3.112B

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Interests: Early Modern French identities: national, social, religious, authorial, gendered; tragedy and the tragic; history of emotions

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Carl S. Blyth

Associate Professor, French Linguistics |
512-471-7600 |
HRH 3.114A

Education: Ph.D., French Linguistics, Cornell University

Interests: Applied linguistics (instructional technology, corpus linguistics, pedagogical grammar); French sociolinguistics (style, stance and interaction); Discourse studies (narrative analysis, cultural scripts, indexicality)

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Paola Bonifazio

Chair; Associate Professor, Italian Studies |
512-471-1561 |
HRH 3.110A

Education: PhD, New York University

Interests: Italian Cinema; Film Theory and History, including Documentary and Experimental; Cultural Studies; Gender Studies; media convergence and transmedia storytelling

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Barbara E. Bullock

Professor, French Linguistics |
HRH 3.108B

Education: Ph.D., Linguistics, Delaware

Interests: Code-switching; bilingualism and language contact; language variation and change; sociophonetics; computational and corpus linguistics

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Amanda Bush

Lecturer, Italian |

Education: PhD Italian Studies- The University of Texas at Austin, BA Italian Studies, English Literature- John Cabot University

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Antonella D. Del Fattore-Olson

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Italian Studies |
512-471-5531/5706 |
HRH 2.106B

Education: Laurea (Master Degree in Comparative Literature), L'Università degli Studi La Sapienza. Rome, Italy

Interests: Italian Language and Culture, Teaching Methodology, Play Production, Contemporary Italian Theatre, Modern Italian Literature, Italian History

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Yasmina Fawaz

Lecturer, French |
HRH 4.164

Education: PhD French studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Online Language Instruction, Language Course development, Environmental and Cultural Studies, Post-Colonialism

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Nancy C. Guilloteau

Senior Lecturer, French Language Program Director |
512-471-5511 |
HRH 2.106A

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Claire C. Jones

Lecturer, French |
HRH 3.112A

Education: PhD, French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

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Patricia Kyle

Lecturer, Director of Online Instruction, French |
512 471 2200 |
HRH 3.108C

Education: PHD French Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington

Interests: Language Learning and Instruction, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Languages with Technology, Digital Instructional Design

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Maxence P. Leconte

Lecturer, French

Education: Ph.D in French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A in European History, Université Catholique de Lille.

Silvia Luongo

Lecturer, Italian

Education: MA in Foreign Languages for International Communication (Specialization in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language), Università di Bergamo - Italy

Interests: Cultural Mediation, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

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Elizabeth Mayne

Lecturer, French

Education: PhD in French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Social media discourse, YouTube, Critical Discourse Analysis

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Heather G. Pelletier

Lecturer, French |
512-471-7470 |
HRH 3.112A

Education: PhD, Vanderbilt University

Interests: 20th Century French literature; French language and civilization

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Hervé Picherit

Associate Professor, French Studies |
512-471-6874 |
HRH 3.104B

Education: PhD, Stanford

Interests: 20th century French literature, French cinema, the novel, the avant-garde, philosophies of fiction

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Guy P. Raffa

(on leave)
Professor, Italian Studies |
512-232-5492 |
HRH 3.104A

Education: PhD, Indiana University

Interests: Dante Studies, Italian Literature and Culture, Public Scholarship, Digital Humanities

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Wayne A. Rebhorn

Professor, Mildred Hayek Vacek and John Roman Vacek Chair of English, Italian Studies |
512-471-8759 |
PAR 328

Education: Ph.D., 1968, Yale University

Interests: English and European Renaissance literature, Renaissance rhetoric

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Cinzia Russi

Professor, French Linguistics, Italian Studies |
512-471-7024 |
HRH 3.110B

Education: Ph.D., 2003, Linguistics, University of Washington

Interests: Historical linguistics, Grammaticalization, Aspectualizers, Morphosyntax, Morphology, Italian Dialects, Comparative Romance Linguistics, Cognitive Grammar, Pragmatics, Lexical Semantics

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Beatriz E. Schleppe

Lecturer, French |
512-471-5531 |
HRH 3.114C

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Ellenor M. Shoemaker

Adjunct Associate Professor, French |
512-471-5737 |
HRH 3.114B

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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Melissa E. Skidmore

Lecturer, French |
HRH 3.114C

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Swankie

Lecturer, French

Education: PhD, French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Face to Face & Online Language Instruction, 20th century Theater, 19th century Prose-Poems, Sade Theory

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Maurizio Viroli

Professor, Department of Government, Italian Studies

Education: Ph.D., European University Institute in Florence

Interests: History of political thought; classical republicanism and neo-republicanism; Niccolò Machiavelli; Jean Jacques Rousseau; republican iconography; the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric; political communication; citizenship and civic education

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Alexandra K. Wettlaufer

Professor, Director of Plan II, French and Comparative Literature, French Studies |
512-471-1442 |
HRH 3.104C

Education: PhD, Columbia University

Interests: 19th-century literature, visual arts, culture, and gender studies in France and Britain

Affiliated Faculty - French

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Benjamin Claude Brower

Associate Professor, Department of History

Education: Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University

Interests: France and its colonies with a focus on Algeria, European imperialism, questions of secularism and Islam, understanding violence in history

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Mounira M. Charrad

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology |
512 2326311 |
CLA 3.526

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Gender and women's rights, political sociology, social theory, colonialism, comparative-historical sociology, globalization, Middle East and North Africa

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Judith G. Coffin

Associate Professor, Department of History

Education: Ph.D., 1985, Yale University

Interests: European social and cultural history, especially 20th-century France; gender, sexuality and history of feminism; history of radio; private and public; the "sexual revolution" in post-war France

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Patience L. Epps

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Education: Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Virginia

Interests: Descriptive and documentary work on indigenous Amazonian languages, typology, language contact and language change

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Zenzi M. Griffin

Professor, Department of Psychology |
SEA 5.214

Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Language production, speech errors, personal names, and psycholinguistics

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Julie Hardwick

Professor, Department of History

Education: Ph.D., 1991, Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Early modern social and economic history, legal history, women's and family history

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Lars Hinrichs

Associate Professor, Department of English

Education: Ph.D., 2006, English Linguistics, University of Freiburg

Interests: Sociolinguistics; anthropological linguistics; corpus linguistics, Pidgins and Creoles; computer-mediated communication

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David Kornhaber

Associate Professor, Department of English and Program in Comparative Literature |
512-471-8712 |
CAL 209

Education: Ph.D., 2009, Columbia University

Interests: Modern and contemporary drama, intersections of theatre and philosophy, critical theory, modernism and the avant-garde

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Richard P. Meier

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Education: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Interests: Linguistics of signed languages, American Sign Language, first language acquisition

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Sofian Merabet

Associate Professor of Anthropology |
(512) 471-0057 |
SAC 5.156

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Arab Diaspora; socio-cultural theory; urban studies; gender studies; queer theory; Muslim world, Europe, and South America

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Martha G. Newman

Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Education: Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University

Interests: Medieval Christian monasticism, monastic miracle collections, monastic attitudes toward women & the poor

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Marc Pierce

Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Studies

Education: Ph.D, Germanic Linguistics, University of Michigan

Interests: Historical linguistics, Germanic linguistics and philology, history of linguistics, phonology, Scandinavian studies

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Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Education: Ph.D., 1993, Linguistics, Cornell University

Interests: Bilingualism and language contact, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, Caribbean studies, US Latino and border studies, Afro-Latin American and African studies

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Lynn R. Wilkinson

Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Studies

Education: Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European literature, culture, and film; women writers and women's and gender studies; literary and cultural theory; Scandinavian film.

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Hannah C. Wojciehowski

Professor, Department of English

Education: PhD, Yale University

Affiliated Faculty - Italian

Mirka Benes

Associate Professor, School of Architecture |
512-232-7384 |
SUT 3.138

Education: Ph.D., M.Phil., Yale University, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: History of landscape architecture, Renaissance architectural and landscape history, history of landscape architecture, Antiquity to the Present, Italian Renaissance 
and Baroque Architecture, especially the City of Rome, landscape representation, p
ainting, and cartography, historiography and methodologies

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John R. Clarke

Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in Fine Arts, Department of Art History |
512-232-2355 |
DFA 2.114

Education: PhD, Yale

Interests: Greek and Roman art and architecture

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Penelope Davies

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History |
512-232-2319 |
DFA 2.510

Education: PhD, Yale University

Interests: Roman art and architecture

Andrew Dell'Antonio

Professor, School of Music; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies |
512-471-7836 |
MRH 3.214

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Musicology and ethnomusicology

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Alison K. Frazier

Associate Professor, Department of History and Department of Religious Studies |
512-475-6375 |
GAR 2.148

Education: Ph.D., 1997, Columbia University

Interests: Machiavelli and trauma, humanist contributions to the breviary, hexameral commentary in the Renaissance, editions of Renaissance saints' lives, census of the hagiographic collection entitled Sanctuarium (Milan c. 1478)

Luisa Nardini

Associate Professor, School of Music |
512-232-2069 |
MBE 3.602

Interests: Gregorian chant, medieval music theory, music and visual art, manuscript studies, oral and written transmission of liturgical chant

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Circe Sturm

Professor, Department of Anthropology |
512-232-1561 |
SAC 5.122

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Louis Waldman

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History |
512-232-2610 |
DFA 2.110

Interests: Italian Renaissance and Baroque art

Professors Emeriti

Mary J. Baker

Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: French Renaissance prose; narrative theory

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Jean-Pierre B. Cauvin

Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: Ph. D., Princeton University

Interests: Poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries; Surrealism; The Arts in France; 19th-20th C. French history

Richard B. Grant

Professor Emeritus, French

William W. Kibler

Professor Emeritus, French Studies |
HRH 308C

Education: PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

François P. Lagarde

Associate Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: PhD, Stanford

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Jane N. Lippmann

Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Pedagogy; Teaching with Technology; Developing Online Course Materials, Foreign Language Disabilities

Jean-Pierre Montreuil

Professor Emeritus, French Linguistics |
512-471-6555 |
HRH 3.108A

Education: PhD, Romance Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Theoretical phonology and morphology; prosody, dialectology

Antonella C. Pease

Associate Professor Emeritus, Italian Studies

Dina M. Sherzer

Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania

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Seth Wolitz

Professor Emeritus, French Studies

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Slavic, Jewish Literature and Art

Harold A. Wylie, Jr.

Associate Professor Emeritus, French Studies

  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800