Departmental Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures receive consistent recognition for their dedication to students and research. Individual members have been awarded the SUNY Distinguished Professorship; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016-17); Humanities Fellowships (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19); and other esteemed leadership positions, grants and honors. 

  • Barbara Avila-Shah.

    910 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-0867

    bia@buffalo.edu

    Language Coordinator, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Sociolinguistics in Caribbean Spanish; Second language acquisition and teaching; Spanish for heritage speakers; Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Caribbean Spanish

  • Colleen Balukas.

    931 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Tuesday - 10:00 am-11:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Balukas for zoom invite

    Phone: (716) 645-2794

    cpbaluka@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Affiliated Faculty
    Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Bilingualism, pedagogy, phonology, code-switching, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics

    931 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Tuesday - 10:00 am-11:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Balukas for zoom invite

    Phone: (716) 645-2794

    cpbaluka@buffalo.edu

  • Henry Berlin.

    911 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Thursday - 11:30 - 12:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Berlin for a zoom invitation.

    Phone: (716) 645-2243

    hsberlin@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: History and theory of the emotions; Medieval rhetoric and poetics; Literature, philosophy and theology; Iberian Studies

    911 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Thursday - 11:30 - 12:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Berlin for a zoom invitation.

    Phone: (716) 645-2243

    hsberlin@buffalo.edu

  • David Castillo.

    929 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Please email for appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0869

    dc63@buffalo.edu

    Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Early Modern and Baroque Studies; Spanish Golden Age; Fantasy and Horror; Cultural criticism

    929 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Please email for appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0869

    dc63@buffalo.edu

  • Laura Chiesa.

    927 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Tuesday - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Chiesa for a zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0872

    lchiesa@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Modern and Contemporary Italian and French Studies; Critical Theory; Architecture; Film and Visual Studies

    927 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Tuesday - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Chiesa for a zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0872

    lchiesa@buffalo.edu

  • Colleen Culleton.

    905 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - on leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0861

    culleton@buffalo.edu

    Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Modern Spanish and Catalan literature and culture; Ecocriticism; Spatial analysis; Theories of narrative

    905 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - on leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0861

    culleton@buffalo.edu

  • Christian Flaugh.

    933 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-0879

    cflaugh@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Francophone, Africana, and Caribbean studies; Disability studies; Gender studies; Performance studies; subjectivity and embodied practices; aesthetics and ethics of subversion and the human

  • Sharonah Fredrick.

    935 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021

    Office hours are via zoom or skype. Please email Dr. Fredrick for appointment.

    Phone: (716) 645-1735

    sharonah@buffalo.edu

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Early Modern Era in the New World, South Asia, Spain, England and Ireland (1492-1799); Mayan, Andean and Southwestern Native Cosmology and Strategies of Resistance in Latin America; Spanish and Portuguese Imperial History in Asia/ Pacific; Judeo-Spanish and Irish Literature and Diasporas in the Colonial Americas Changing Conceptions of Cartography in the Americas and Colonial Asia Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English Language and Composition Teaching Teacher and Student Training in Language Teaching

    935 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021

    Office hours are via zoom or skype. Please email Dr. Fredrick for appointment.

    Phone: (716) 645-1735

    sharonah@buffalo.edu

  • Amy Graves Monroe.

    924 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0880

    acgraves@buffalo.edu

    Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Wars of Religion; Print Culture and History of the Book; Early Modern Philosophy and Political Thought; Satire and Irony; Intellectual History and Literary Theory

    924 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0880

    acgraves@buffalo.edu

  • Jorge Guitart.
    Professor Emeritus
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Principles and Processes Phonology; Vowel coalescence in Spanish; Dialectal variation in the perception of English vowels by Spanish speakers; Role and case in Spanish nominals; Cleft constructions in Latin American Spanish

  • Fabiola Henri.

    907 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Henri for zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0933

    fabiolah@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor of Linguistics
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Interests: Creole Languages; Descriptive & Theoretical Linguistics; Linguistic Typology; Extensible Lexical databases and Corpora; Experimental data; Language Change; Language Acquisition; Morphological Complexity

    907 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Henri for zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0933

    fabiolah@buffalo.edu

  • Maureen Jameson.

    901 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu

    to schedule a zoom meeting

    Phone: (716) 645-0860

    jameson@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: 19th, 20th and 21st century French literature and society; Digital Humanities; French history; Cognitive Science; Science and society

    901 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu

    to schedule a zoom meeting

    Phone: (716) 645-0860

    jameson@buffalo.edu

  • Melissa Mccarron.

    925 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Mccarron for appointment.

    mjmccarr@buffalo.edu

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Teaching and Research Interests: All levels of Spanish language, literature, and composition. Spanish for special purposes. Experiential and active learning strategies. Inclusion and accessibility in the language classroom. Twentieth- and twenty-first century Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture. Minority Languages. Catalan Poetry and Narrative. Gender and Sexuality Studies. Poetics. Inter-arts Studies. Critical Theory.

    925 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Mccarron for appointment.

    mjmccarr@buffalo.edu

  • Fernanda Negrete.

    921 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours TBA

    Phone: (716) 645-2244

    fnegrete@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Director
    Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis & Culture
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Literature and the Other Arts; Psychoanalysis, Modern Literatures (in French, Portuguese, Spanish, English) and Philosophy; Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory; Women Writers and Film Directors; Art, Art Theory, and Aesthetics; the Ethics of Psychoanalysis and Schizoanalysis; Environmental Art.

    921 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours TBA

    Phone: (716) 645-2244

    fnegrete@buffalo.edu

  • Mame-Fatou Niang.

    935 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-2191

    mamefato@buffalo.edu

    Visiting Melodia E. Jones Endowed Chair
    Associate Professor of French
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Blackness in contemporary France; Black/African diaspora; Film studies; Gender studies; Urban planning; Race and (de)commemoration

  • Justin Read.

    910 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-2191

    jread2@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
    Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Urbanization and Modernization of Latin America since 1850; Space, Place and Political Subjectivity, focused primarily on Argentina, Brazil and Mexico; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde

  • Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli.

    923 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Tuesday - 4:30 pm-6:30 pm; Thursday - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please contact professor for zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-3820

    Fax: (716) 645-5981

    arriccel@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Variationist socio-linguistics; Contact linguistics; Morphosyntax; Language change; Afro-diasporic Romance vernaculars; Pidgin & Creole languages; Spanish in the United States; Multilingualism

    923 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Tuesday - 4:30 pm-6:30 pm; Thursday - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please contact professor for zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-3820

    Fax: (716) 645-5981

    arriccel@buffalo.edu

  • Elizabeth Scarlett.

    913 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Wednesday - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom or webex. Please email Dr. Scarlett for your zoom or webex invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0873

    scarlett@buffalo.edu

    Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Modern and Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature and Film; Romanticism; Realism; Avant garde movements; Feminism

    913 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Wednesday - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom or webex. Please email Dr. Scarlett for your zoom or webex invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0873

    scarlett@buffalo.edu

  • Stephanie Schmidt.

    909 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm. Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Schmidt for zoom link.

    Phone: (716) 645-0864

    ss573@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Colonial Latin American literature; Nahuatl Studies; Early Modern Spanish literature

    909 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm. Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Schmidt for zoom link.

    Phone: (716) 645-0864

    ss573@buffalo.edu

  • Jean-Jacques Thomas.
    Professor Emeritus
    UB Distinguished Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Formal Plasticity; Linguistics; Semiotics; 19th and 20th century French literature, culture and film; European Modernism; Quebec and Canadian Studies; Francophonie in North America

  • Paola Ugolini.

    915 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - on leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0865

    rll-dgs@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Early modern Italian literature, culture and conduct manuals; Satire; Chivalric poems; Gender studies

    915 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 - on leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0865

    rll-dgs@buffalo.edu

  • Margarita Vargas.

    903 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 11:15 am - 12:00 pm in office;

    or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Contemporary Spanish-American theatre; Mexican film; Feminisms

    903 Clemens Hall

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 11:15 am - 12:00 pm in office;

    or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu