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 (2013); Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2013-2014); Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016-17); UB Exceptional Scholar Award (2018); President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring (2019); Humanities Fellowships (2016-present); Dr. Nuala Drescher Award (2020);  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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 9:00am-10:00am; Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm will be via zoom. Calendly link to sign up for zoom meeting is: https://calendly.com/balukas

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 9:00am-10:00am; Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm will be via zoom. Calendly link to sign up for zoom meeting is: https://calendly.com/balukas

    Phone: (716) 645-2794

    cpbaluka@buffalo.edu

  • Henry Berlin.

    911 Clemens Hall

    On Research Leave Fall 2021

    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

    On Research Leave Fall 2021

    Phone: (716) 645-2243

    hsberlin@buffalo.edu

  • David Castillo.

    929 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm or by 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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0869

    dc63@buffalo.edu

  • Laura Chiesa.

    927 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday, 11:00am-12:00pm;

    Wednesday, 1:40pm-2:40pm; or by appointment

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday, 11:00am-12:00pm;

    Wednesday, 1:40pm-2:40pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0872

    lchiesa@buffalo.edu

  • Colleen Culleton.

    905 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Thursday, 1:30 pm-4:30pm; or by appointment

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Thursday, 1:30 pm-4:30pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0861

    culleton@buffalo.edu

  • Christian Flaugh.

    933 Clemens Hall

    For making appts:

    https://calendly.com/officehours-appointments/fall-2021-office-hours-appointment-scheduler?month=2021-09

    Fall 2021 Office Hours:

    For accessing reserved appts:

    For Mondays 3-4pm reserved appointments:

    Meeting ID: 967 7436 5511

    Passcode: 399378

    For Fridays 9.30-10.30am reserved appointments:

    Meeting ID: 976 7679 5674

    Passcode: 131924

    Phone: (716) 645-0879

    cflaugh@buffalo.edu

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

    Artistic and Scholarly Interests: Francophone, Africana, and Caribbean studies; decolonizations and globalities; disability studies; gender studies; performance studies; subjectivity and embodied knowledge; public representation and perception

    933 Clemens Hall

    For making appts:

    https://calendly.com/officehours-appointments/fall-2021-office-hours-appointment-scheduler?month=2021-09

    Fall 2021 Office Hours:

    For accessing reserved appts:

    For Mondays 3-4pm reserved appointments:

    Meeting ID: 967 7436 5511

    Passcode: 399378

    For Fridays 9.30-10.30am reserved appointments:

    Meeting ID: 976 7679 5674

    Passcode: 131924

    Phone: (716) 645-0879

    cflaugh@buffalo.edu

  • Sharonah Fredrick.

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Friday, 4:00pm-6:00 pm; or by virtual 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

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Friday, 4:00pm-6:00 pm; or by virtual appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-1735

    sharonah@buffalo.edu

  • Amy Graves Monroe.

    924 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours TBA

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours TBA

    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

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    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

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0933

    fabiolah@buffalo.edu

  • Maureen Jameson.

    901 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0860

    jameson@buffalo.edu

  • Melissa Mccarron.

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Leave

    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.

  • Fernanda Negrete.

    921 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Tuesday, 10:10 am-11:00 am; Thursday, 1:15 pm-2:05 pm; or by appointment

    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 - Tuesday, 10:10 am-11:00 am; Thursday, 1:15 pm-2:05 pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-2244

    fnegrete@buffalo.edu

  • Mame-Fatou Niang.

    935 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Monday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-7456

    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

    935 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Monday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-7456

    mamefato@buffalo.edu

  • Emanuela Pecchioli.

    926 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday - 3:00pm-4:00 pm; or by appointment in person and/or remote

    Phone: (716) 645-2191

    epecchio@buffalo.edu

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

    926 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday - 3:00pm-4:00 pm; or by appointment in person and/or remote

    Phone: (716) 645-2191

    epecchio@buffalo.edu

  • Justin Read.

    925 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0878

    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; Critical Border Studies; Political Theory; Latin American Cultural Theory; Post-Humanism and Media Theory; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde; Argentina; Brazil; Mexico

    925 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0878

    jread2@buffalo.edu

  • Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli.

    923 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Thursday - 4:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment.

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Thursday - 4:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment.

    Phone: (716) 645-3820

    Fax: (716) 645-5981

    arriccel@buffalo.edu

  • Elizabeth Scarlett.

    913 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 - Monday, 2:50 pm-4:50 pm; or by appointment

    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

    Fall 2021 - Monday, 2:50 pm-4:50 pm; or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0873

    scarlett@buffalo.edu

  • Stephanie Schmidt.

    909 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    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

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Thursday, 1:30pm-2:30pm (please email Dr. Ugolini to set up meeting); or by appointment

    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

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Thursday, 1:30pm-2:30pm (please email Dr. Ugolini to set up meeting); or by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0865

    rll-dgs@buffalo.edu

  • Margarita Vargas.

    903 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    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

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu