People

Faculty

Nieves Romero-Díaz Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies & Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America
Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America

Nieves Romero-Díazes main area of research is gender and race in Early Modern Spain. She has authored and edited/co-edited 4 books and more than 30 articles, reviews, and book chapters. Making historical and critical connections between the past and the present, her courses include Black Spain, Spain and Islam, and Gender Violence in Spain. She has received numerous (inter)national grants and awards and has presented her research at conferences, invited lectures, and symposiums in England, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the US.

413-538-2399
21 Ciruti Center
Contact
W 9:00-10:00am or by Appt
Ombretta Frau, Chair and Professor of Classics and Italian, Chair of Theatre Arts Steering Committee
Professor of Italian, Chair of Classics & Italian, Chair of the Theatre Arts Steering Committee

Ombretta Frau has published extensively on nineteenth and early twentieth-century Italian cultural history, modern philology, Pirandello, and Italian women writers. At Mount Holyoke, Frau’s courses include literature for children, material culture, fascism, women, theater, and travel literature. Her classes incorporate many pedagogical tools, including film, music, and web design, and she believes in creating a relaxed and friendly classroom atmosphere that encourages communication. Frau is a frequent collaborator of the Mount Holyoke Art Museum and she keeps a blog that is on the Italian Huffington Post.

413-538-2581
207 Ciruti Center
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Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 and by appointment
Esther Castro Cuenca, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director
Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director

Esther Castro Cuenca is a Senior Lecturer and the language program director of the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, and interfaces between psycholinguistics and language learning/teaching. She teaches various levels of Spanish language as well as courses on linguistics, translation, and second language acquisition and pedagogy.

413-538-2057
225 Central Services
Contact
TH 3:00-4:30pm or by Appt.
Dorothy Rooke McCulloch Professor of French
413-538-2336, 413-538-2074
219 Ciruti Center
Contact
Monday & Wednesday 10-11am; Friday 10-noon

Staff

Debra Morrisey, Administrative Assistant, Spanish Department

Debra Morrissey

Academic Department Coordinator

Debra Morrissey is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies Department and the Romance Languages and Cultures Program.  She is in charge of the daily operations of the departments, organizes department events, monitors department budgets, puts together course schedules, and prepares on-line catalog copy.

413-538-2347
105 Ciruti Center
Contact
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm