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Faculty




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Christina Isabelli

Professor; Department Chair

Dept. of Modern Languages & Literature | 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6723

Office Location
CG 031-A

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday 8:30-12:00
1:00-4:30
& by appointment

Dr. Christina Isabelli is Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature (PhD, Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin) where she teaches courses in Spanish Linguistics and Language. She is the author of Motivation and Extended Interaction in the Study Abroad Context (Edwin Mellen) and has published a variety of articles on second language acquisition in the study abroad and domestic immersions contexts, identifying processes of forming social networks abroad and how they function as situations for language learning. Dr. Isabelli is currently working on a book project Researching Second Language Acquisition in the Study Abroad Context (Palgrave Macmillan). 

 
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Rebecca Marquis
Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5583

Office Location
CG 031-B

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday 2:00-3:15
Tuesday 11:45-1:15
& by appointment

Professor Marquis received her Ph.D. in Hispanic literatures from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2006.  She also holds an M.A. in Luso-Brazilian literature from Indiana University.  She has taught classes ranging from Spanish and Portuguese language courses to contemporary Latin American literature classes.  Her current research explores confessional narratives of twentieth-century women writers and its intersection with diaspora.  She is also interested in Jewish Latin American literature, specifically how Jewish mysticism informs writing about identity and diaspora in the Americas.  In her free time, Professor Marquis enjoys spending time with her family exploring eastern Washington and, of course, reading!

 
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Diane Birginal

Sr. Lecturer; MDLA Testing Coordinator

Department of Modern Languages 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258-0044

Phone: 313-3959

Office Location
CG 032-A

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:00
Monday                                    1:00-2:00

& by appointment

Diane Birginal received her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1988. After living in Salamanca, Spain, for two years, she returned to the U.S. and began work on her graduate degree. She obtained an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, with an emphasis in translation theory, from Arizona State University in 1995. She has worked in the field of international educational exchange, both with U.S. students studying abroad and with international students studying in the U.S. She also has experience as a freelance translator. Ms. Birginal has been teaching Spanish at the university level since 1996; she joined the Gonzaga University faculty in 2001.

 
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Kelley Bishop
Lecturer

Department of Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3644

Office Location
CG 032-B

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday 10:00-11:00
Friday 10:00-12:00
and by appointment


Kelly Bishop did her undergraduate work in Psychology at Clemson University, during which time she had the opportunity to study abroad at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. After earning her BA, she returned to Chile to teach English and volunteer at a human rights organization. She went on to complete her MA in Spanish at North Carolina State University and has published an article on sociolinguistic variation of Chilean Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and traveling. A Colorado native, Kelley loves the outdoors - especially hiking and camping.

 
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Arturo Garcia Osorio
Lecturer

Dept. of Modern Languages & Lit | 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 44
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-5230

Office Location
CG 032-D

Office Hours
 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-11:00
Thursday: 9:30-10:30
& by appointment

M.A. University of Texas at Austin; B.A. Texas State University

As a Spanish Lecturer at Gonzaga University, I believe in the mission statement for Social Justice. What I like about Gonzaga is that it gives me the opportunity to serve as a positive example for the Latino community. As a community member, I volunteer with organizations to promote participation in opportunities to improve their lives. The experience at Gonzaga gives me a great understanding of the capabilities of Gonzaga students, their balancing act of school work, and participating in extracurricular activities. In addition, I like running, riding my bike with my family, and trekking around Spokane.

 
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Luis Garcia-Torvisco
Associate Professor, Director Spanish Program

Department of Modern Languages 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 046
Spokane, WA 99258-0045

Phone: 3647

Office Location
CG 044-C

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:00
Friday 12:00-1:00
& by appointment

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Professor Garcia-Torvisco earned a BA degree in Hispanic Philology (University Autonoma, Madrid, Spain) and a Certificate in English Studies (Coventry University, UK). He did his graduate studies at Georgetown University, where he received a PhD with distinction on Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies. He has taught at Georgetown University and George Washington University, both in Washington D.C. Currently working at Gonzaga University as an Associate Professor, he teaches classes on Spanish writing and advanced grammar, Spanish film history, contemporary Spanish literature, and Spanish culture. Prof. Garcia-Torvisco's research interests include contemporary Spanish Literature, Spanish cinema, and Spanish popular culture from the democratic period. He has published several articles on these topics, and has lectured extensively on a variety of subjects related to Spanish and Latin American literature, movies, and culture.  He is currently working on a monograph on popular culture of the last 40 years in Spain. He has been the appointed director of the Cuernavaca (Mexico) summer program since 2007, and has served as Visiting Faculty Member for the ILACA (Independent Liberal Art Colleges Abroad) in Granada (Spain). He enjoys music, literature, movies, concerts, and coffee shops.

 
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Stefania Nedderman

Associate Professor, Director Italian Program

Department of Modern Languages 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 046
Spokane, WA 99258-0046

Phone: 313-3603

Office Location
CG 031-C

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:30
Monday                        3:00-4:00

Born in Sossano (Vi), Italy, Professor Nedderman transferred to the U.S. in 1978. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon in 1993. Before joining the Modern Languages Department at GU in 1995, she was the supervisor for all first year Spanish courses at the University of Oregon. She also taught for one year at the University of South Dakota. Her areas of interest are Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque Literature. She has delivered several papers on the subject. Her research interest extends to Modern Italian writers. Her article "Trascolorare. Metamorphoses in Rosetta Loy's Le Strade di polvere" appears in Gendering Italian Fiction: Feminist Revisions of Italian History. Her current research focuses on Early Modern Spanish mystics. She has directed both the Cuernavaca and Granada programs and is serving on the Women's Studies Advisory Board.

 
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Alec Schumacher
Ast Prof, Mod Lang

Depart. of Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-5862

Office Location
CG 032-F

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:20-10:40
& by appointment

Professor Schumacher teaches classes on language, literature, and culture as Assistant Professor of Spanish. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, with an emphasis on contemporary Latin American literature. His doctoral thesis treats the intersections of performance, politics, and participation with poetic production of the late 20th Century. His research interests include Juan Luis Martinez, Chilean poetry, the neo-avant-gardes in Latin America, translation theory, and experimental poetics and performance. He also likes playing music, writing and reading poetry, hiking, badminton, and disc golf.

 
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Rebecca Stephanis
Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258-0045

Phone: 313-3644

Office Location
CG 032-E

Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday10:00-12:00
& by appointment

Professor Stephanis received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Cultures from Princeton University in 2008. She also holds a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and a Masters in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She did her undergraduate work in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Russian, and Economics and Occidental College. Her current research interests include issues of Nation-building, particularily in Argentina, and how this process is reflected in the photographic image as well as film. She also is interested in comtemporary Cuban film. In her free time, Professor Stephanis enjoys coaching adults in personal potential training, taking walks with her family in Liberty Lake and Coeur d'Alene, reading, and traveling.

 

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