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

Henry Berlin.

911 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2243

hsberlin@buffalo.edu

Assistant 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

David Castillo.

929 Clemens Hall

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

Laura Chiesa.

927 Clemens Hall

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

Colleen Culleton.

905 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0861

culleton@buffalo.edu

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

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

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

Amy Graves Monroe.

931 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0880

acgraves@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
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

Jorge Guitart.

932 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0868

guitart@buffalo.edu

Professor
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

Maureen Jameson.

901 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0860

rll-dus@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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

Fernanda Negrete.

921 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2244

fnegrete@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Sexuality, Desire, Language, Body and Creation; Literature and Contemporary Music; Desire in a Post-1960s Global Female Avant-Garde; Subjectivity After Representation and Radical Aesthetics

Justin Read.

924 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0878

jread2@buffalo.edu

Chair
Associate Professor
Department of 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

Elizabeth Scarlett.

913 Clemens Hall

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

Stephanie Schmidt.

909 Clemens Hall

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

Jean-Jacques Thomas.

Office: 907 Clemens Hall

Seminar room: 902 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0862

tii2@msn.com

UB Distinguished Professor
Melodia E. Jones Endowed Chair in French
Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty
Department of Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Poetics Program
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Director, Canadian Studies Program
Department of Transnational Studies
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

Office: 907 Clemens Hall

Seminar room: 902 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0862

tii2@msn.com

Paola Ugolini.

915 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0865

ugolini@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
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

Margarita Vargas.

903 Clemens Hall

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