Ombretta Frau

Dorothy Rooke McCulloch Professor of Italian; Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures

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.

Ombretta Frau

Esther Castro Cuenca

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

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.

Esther Castro Cuenca, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director

Martino Lovato

Visiting Lecturer in Classics and Italian

Martino Lovato works at the intersection between Arabic, French and Italian, histories, cultures, literatures and cinema. His research interests include the contemporary Mediterranean in theory and as interdisciplinary practice, with a focus on postcolonial studies, border crossing and social justice. At Mount Holyoke and in the Five Colleges, he taught language, literature and cinema at the departments/programs of Italian, Romance Languages and Arabic., including: Introduction to the Mediterranean; Global Dante: A Journey through Hell; The Medieval Mirror: Freedom, Gender and Resistance in Contemporary Arabic Literature; Heroes & Infidels; and Catastrophe and Rebirth in Italian Cinema.

Martino Lovato

Nieves Romero-Díaz

Professor of Spanish on the Alumnae Foundation; Chair of Spanish, Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies

Nieves Romero-Díaz's 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.

Nieves Romero-Diaz

Carolyn Shread

Senior Lecturer in French

Carolyn Shread is a translator of scholarly and literary texts, including five books by French philosopher Catherine Malabou. Several of her articles propose new paradigms for translation, drawing on Malabou and Bracha Ettinger. She has also published on her translation of Les Rapaces by Haitian author Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and is on the editorial board of the Haitian journal Legs et Littérature.

Carolyn Stread

Affiliated Faculty

Justin Crumbaugh

Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; on leave 2020-2021

Professor Crumbaugh’s research focuses on contemporary Spain. He is the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) and co-author of Spanish Fascist Writing (U of Toronto Press forthcoming). Professor Crumbaugh’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Hispanic Review, the Hispanic Research Journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and other scholarly venues. His publications include studies on the cultural formations surrounding the Franco dictatorship, tourism, terrorism, and political victimhood.

Photo of Justin Crumbaugh