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Faculty and Staff

Department Administration

Jill Pellettieri Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Jill Pellettieri is a California native who received her M.A. in Spanish and her Ph.D. in Spanish applied linguistics from the University of California, Davis. She was the first recipient of the Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the U.C. Davis Second Language Acquisition Institute, and her area of specialization was language learning and computer-mediated interaction. Read the full profile »
Kari Craighead
Sr. Administrative Assistant
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Arabic Studies

Bouchra Gygax
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Elijah Reynolds
Lecturer
Elijah is a new faculty member at Santa Clara and an Arabic Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He recently arrived from Indiana University where he is currently finishing the requirements for the PhD program in Linguistics. Read the full profile »

Chinese Studies

Yugie Ge
Lecturer
Yujie Ge is the Lecturer of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University. She received her Master's degree in Asian Languages and Literatures with concentration on Chinese language and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002. Read the full profile »
Chunhui Peng
Adjunct Lecturer
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French and Francophone Studies

Jimia Boutouba Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Jimia Boutouba is an assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, specializing in 20th and 21st century French & Francophone literature and cinema, and in 19th century colonial discourse Read the full profile »
Lucile Couplan-Cashman
Lecturer
Born and raised in Paris, France, Lucile Couplan-Cashman has always been interested in multiculturalism and has lived in Algeria (north Africa), England, Spain, Mexico and Japan. Read the full profile »
Catherine Montfort Ph.D.
Professor
CATHERINE R. MONTFORT is Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Santa Clara. She was born in Marseille, France and received her PhD from Stanford University. Read the full profile »
Nina P. Tanti
Lecturer
Nina Tanti graduated with a B.A. in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982. From 1979 to 1981 she was a student at the Université de Poitiers, France, where she completed the Diplome Supérieur d'Etudes Françaises (3e degree). Read the full profile »

German Studies

Maike Ahrends
Adjunct
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Josef Hellebrandt Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Josef Hellebrandt is an associate professor and former Chair (2003-09) in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in Spanish and German languages and cultures. Read the full profile »
Gudrun Tabbert-Jones Ph.D.
Associate Director
Gudrun Tabbert-Jones received her teaching credentials from Pädagogische Hochschule, Darmstadt, Germany, her MA and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Read the full profile »

Italian Studies

Marie Bertola
Lecturer
Marie Bertola earned Master's degrees in both Italian and French language and literature. She also earned a Master's degree in Teaching FSL and a degree in Journalism. Read the full profile »
Irene Bubula-Phillips
Senior Lecturer
Irene Bubula-Phillips was born and raised in Italy. She graduated from the University of Trieste with a Laurea in Modern Languages (Spanish and English) with an emphasis on literary translation. Read the full profile »
Evelyn Ferraro Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer
Evelyn Ferraro teaches undergraduate courses of Italian language, culture, and literature at Santa Clara University. She has previously taught at the University of California, Davis, San Francisco State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Brown University, where she received a PhD in Italian Studies. Read the full profile »
Amyrose McCue Gill
Adjunct Lecturer
Amyrose McCue Gill completed her doctoral work in Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Read the full profile »
Tonia Caterina Riviello Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Tonia Caterina Riviello is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Santa Clara University. Born and raised in Italy, her education and interests concentrated on humanistic and religious studies, specifically in the movement called L'Azione Cattolica. Read the full profile »
Victor B. Vari Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Dr. Vari Harold & Edythe Toso Professor, was born in San Francisco and received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in 1941. He passed away on August 20, 2014 and leaves a great memory behind. Read the full profile »

Japanese Studies

Seiko Fujii
Adjunct
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Midori Ishida
Adjunct Lecturer
Midori Ishida was born and raised in Japan and moved to the U.S. to study second language acquisition and teaching. She earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawai'i at M?noa in 2010. Read the full profile »
Yoshiko Miyakoshi
Lecturer
Yoshiko Miyakoshi, Lecturer of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, received her M.A. in second language acquisition from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1997. Read the full profile »
Noriko Yoneji
Adjunct Lecturer
Noriko Yoneji was born and raised in Japan. She received a BA in English in 1957 from Kobe Jogakuin, Nishinomiya, Japan, a girls school founded by American missionaries. Read the full profile »

Spanish Studies

Maria Bauluz
Lecturer
Maria Bauluz was born and raised in Spain. She graduated from University of Oviedo with a B.A. in Anglo-Germanics philology in 1988 Read the full profile »
Rose Marie Beebe Ph.D.
Professor
I graduated from SCU in 1976 with a B.A. in Spanish and in 1977 I earned my teaching credential to teach high school Spanish. Read the full profile »
Irene Bubula-Phillips
Senior Lecturer
Irene Bubula-Phillips was born and raised in Italy. She graduated from the University of Trieste with a Laurea in Modern Languages (Spanish and English) with an emphasis on literary translation. Read the full profile »
Stephanie Daffer
Lecturer
Stephanie Daffer began teaching Spanish at Santa Clara University in January 2003 after a long and rewarding career in business. She has also taught at the University of San Francisco and several San Francisco Bay Area Community Colleges. Read the full profile »
Aurelio Dias-Ferreira
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Maria Gonzalez
Lecturer
Maria Gonzalez was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia of Cuban-American Father and Spanish Mother. She finished high school in Madrid Spain and did first year at the Universidad de Madrid. Read the full profile »
Bouchra Gygax
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Josef Hellebrandt Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Josef Hellebrandt is an associate professor and former Chair (2003-09) in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in Spanish and German languages and cultures. Read the full profile »
Francisco Jimenez Ph.D.
Professor Fay Boyle
Francisco Jimenez received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of San Francisco. Read the full profile »
Stephanie Lain
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Gloria Elsa Li Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Gloria Elsa Li was born and raised in Perú, and graduated from the University of Trujillo with a B.A. in Philosophy and Social Sciences. Read the full profile »
Jennifer Lisses
Lecturer
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Jill Pellettieri Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Jill Pellettieri is a California native who received her M.A. in Spanish and her Ph.D. in Spanish applied linguistics from the University of California, Davis. She was the first recipient of the Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the U.C. Davis Second Language Acquisition Institute, and her area of specialization was language learning and computer-mediated interaction. Read the full profile »
Alberto Ribas-Casasayas Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Alberto Ribas-Casasayas is Assistant Professor of Spanish, with an emphasis in contemporary Latin American literature and culture. A native of Barcelona, he graduated in Humanities from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 1999. Read the full profile »
Ariel Schindewolf
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Irena Stefanova
Lecturer
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Lucia T. Varona
Senior Lecturer
Lucia Varona was born and raised among the Kekchi Indians in Guatemala. Her life has been characterized by multiculturalism. Read the full profile »

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