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Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics



BRADLEY J. NELSON, PhD University of Minnesota; Professor; (Spanish)


ALAN C. BALE, PhD McGill University; Professor; (Linguistics)
DARIO BRANCATO, PhD University of Toronto; Professor; (Italian)
MARK HALE, PhD Harvard University; Professor; (Linguistics)
CHARLES REISS, PhD Harvard University; Professor; (Linguistics)

Associate Professors

M. CATHERINE BOLTON, PhD McMaster University; Associate Professor; (Classics)
JANE E. FRANCIS, PhD Bryn Mawr College; Associate Professor; (Classics)
DANIELA ISAC, PhD University of Bucharest; Associate Professor; (Linguistics)
MADELYN J. KISSOCK, PhD Harvard University; Associate Professor; (Linguistics)
M. GORETTI RAMÍREZ, PhD Brown University; Associate Professor; (Spanish)
ROBERTO VIERECK SALINAS, PhD Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Associate Professor; (Spanish)

Assistant Professors

SIGWAN THIVIERGE, PhD University of Maryland; Assistant Professor; (Linguistics)
VENO VOLENEC, PhD University of Zagreb; Assistant Professor; (Linguistics)

Senior Lecturers

ELENA BENELLI, PhD Université de Montréal; Senior Lecturer; (Italian)
ALEXANDER DALE, DPhil University of Oxford; Senior Lecturer (Classics)
LIAN DUAN, PhD Hunan Normal University; Senior Lecturer; (Chinese)
RASHA EL HAWARI, PhD Alexandria University; Senior Lecturer; (Arabic)


Sir George Williams Campus


For the complete list of faculty members, please consult the Department website.

Department Objectives

Classics programs have two related aims: first, to provide a solid background to the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome through written documents, including historical and literary sources, and archaeological evidence; and second, to train students to read and interpret texts in ancient Greek and Latin.

The Modern Language programs provide a stimulating intellectual milieu for learning and strengthening skills in critical thinking, language proficiency, intercultural understanding, literary studies and contemporary approaches to modern languages and cultures, particularly Spanish, Italian, German, Modern Arabic, and Modern Chinese.

Linguistics is the scientific study of the human language faculty. Teaching and research in the Linguistics programs focus on two areas: linguistics as a branch of cognitive science, encompassing fields such as syntax, phonology and language acquisition; and the nature of language change, with particular emphasis on the IndoEuropean language family.

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