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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Research Areas

Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo

9/11 cultural and rhetorical production, race and racism in U.S. popular culture and film, body theory, and contemporary continental philosophy

Professor of comparative ethnic studies and American Studies and Culture, Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo’s research and teaching interest areas span 9/11 cultural and rhetorical production, race and racism, U.S. popular culture and film, body theory, contemporary continental philosophy, and the modern global food system and food justice. Email her at

Joshua Bonzo

German, second language acquisition and pedagogy, Germanic linguistics

Clinical Associate Professor of German and American Studies and Culture, Joshua Bonzo’s research interests focus primarily on foreign language writing and how output is influenced both autonomously as well as by instructional convention. His studies include extensive backgrounds in second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. Bonzo is also deeply interested in comparative and historical Germanic linguistics. His publications have focused most recently on both student writing production and teacher writing training and methods. Email him at

Weigou Cao

Chinese, early Chinese narrative, Chinese fictional writings, ancient texts translation

 Clinical associate professor of Chinese, Weigou Cao’s research interests include early Chinese narrative and historical works, the development of Chinese fictional writings, Sun Zi’s Art of War, and the translation of ancient Chinese texts. He is part of the group project translating Sima Qian’s Shiji (The Grand Scribe’s Records—also known as Records of Grand Historian). Email him at

Sabine Davis

French, professional language curriculum, technology in language teaching, “Francophonie”

Clinical Professor of French, Sabine Davis specializes in the development of curriculum for professional French language courses and the teaching of professional language. Her research interests include the use of technology in teaching languages and the origin and development of “Francophonie” since WWII. Email her at

Samuel Ginsburg

Caribbean and Latinx Fiction, Afrofuturism, and Technology and Popular Culture 

Assistant Professor Samuel Ginsburg specializes in 21st century Caribbean and Latinx science fiction, looking at how authors, filmmakers and artists have negotiated histories of techno-colonialism and techno-authoritarianism. He also does research on Afro-Futurism, Cold War rhetoric and literature, eco-criticism, and the intersections between technology and popular culture.

Joan Grenier-Winther

French, love complaint poetry of late medieval French knights

 Dr. Joan Grenier-WInther is a Marianna M. and Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professor of French (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 1991). Her research is centered on editing and translating the love complaint poetry of late medieval French knights (14th and 15th centuries). Among her publications are a critical edition of the Middle French poetry of Jean de Werchin, sénéchal de Hainaut (Montreal: Editions CERES, 1996) and the Savoyard knight-poet, Oton de Granson (Paris: Editions Honoré Champion, 2008). With Peter Nicholson (University of Hawaii, Manoa) she published an English translation of Granson’s oeuvre (Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University, 2016). Her critical edition and English translation of two other late medieval love debate poems, La Belle dame qui eust mercy and Le Dialogue d’amoureux et de sa dame, is published by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) in Cambridge, England (2018). Email her at

Lisa Guerrero

African American literature, satire and humor, black masculinity, race and commodity cultures

Associate professor of comparative ethnic studies and American Studies and Culture, Lisa Guerrero’s research and teaching interest areas include African American masculinity, literary traditions/movements, satire and humor traditions, race and American popular culture, cultural studies, commodification of racial identities/representations, gender and sexuality, ethnic studies, and intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in social identity formation. Email her at

Michael Hubert

Spanish, second language acquisition, Spanish linguistics, translation studies

Associate professor of Spanish and American Studies and Culture, Michael Hubert’s general areas of research interest include second language acquisition with special emphasis on language production, second/foreign language teacher training, Spanish phonetics, phonology and dialectology, Spanish applied linguistics, translation studies, and the teaching of translation in society. Professor Hubert’s current projects include a longitudinal study of the development of foreign language speaking and writing proficiencies among university students, a survey of foreign language learner avoidance strategies and the instructor practices that enable this behavior, and a study of the reasons why foreign language students abandon their studies before completing the university major or minor. Email him at

David Leonard

Race and popular culture, cultural politics of sport

Professor of comparative ethnic studies and American Studies and Culture, David Leonard’s research and teaching interest areas include African American studies, video games, popular culture/racialized representations, comparative ethnic studies, cultural politics of sport, race and sport (NBA), black popular culture (film, television, and hip-hop), social movements, black freedom struggle, and the prison industrial complex. Email him at

Xinmin Liu

Chinese, ecocritical studies of literature, art, and culture, Chinese literature, culture, and films

Associate professor of Chinese and American Studies and Culture, Xinmin Liu’s teaching and research are chiefly cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, dealing with subjects of ethical, aesthetic and environmental importance. Author of many published journal articles, he has given numerous lectures at academic and professional meetings, and his book on themes intersecting personal growth, education and ethnic and cultural identities of modern China is under contract with Brill. He has lately undertaken ecocritical studies of literature, art and culture in the context of the global development. His recent publications have focused on the dynamic process interfacing the human subject with local communal living and biophysical environs. Email him at

Carmen Lugo-Lugo

Latina/o Studies, Race Relations, 9/11 cultural production

Professor of comparative ethnic studies and American studies and culture, Carmen Lugo-Lugo’s research and teaching interest areas include Puerto Rican and Latina/o studies, race and gender in popular culture, Latina/o literature and constructions of ethnicity and gender, colonialism/imperialism and empire, post-9/11 cultural and rhetorical productions, and race relations in the United States. Email her at

Francisco Manzo-Robledo

Spanish, Latin American literature, cinema, and culture

 Professor of Spanish, Francisco Manzo-Robledo’s research interests include Spanish and Latin American literature, cinema, and culture. He has presented at numerous conferences and published essays on diverse literature texts from Latin America and Spain and cinema from Latin America. His published works include a short novel, a collection of short stories, Homophobic Discourses in Mexican Literature, Colonial Discourses, From Spanish Romance to Mexican Corridos, Hernán Cortés and his (second) Trial of Residency (English and Spanish version), The 1692 pulque Tumult in Mexico City, and Translation: Albert Einstein’s life. At present, he is writing a book about the Pecado Nefando in colonial Latin America. Email him at

Vilma Navarro-Daniels

Spanish, political, social, cultural, and economic transformations and their literary and cinematic representations

Associate professor of Spanish and American Studies and Culture, Vilma Navarro-Daniels’s research interests bridge the different fields she holds a degree in: literature and film studies, social sciences, philosophy, and pedagogy. Her scholarly work focuses on the relationship between political, social, cultural, and economic transformations and their literary and cinematic representations. She has published on Peninsular Spanish novel, short fiction, film, and theater, as well as on Latin American film and popular culture related genres such as TV series and comics. Her approach to literature, film, and other cultural products includes theories about gender, ethnicity, human rights, religion, dictatorship, transitions to democracy, late capitalism, and genres, among others. Email her at

Rory Ong

Rhetoric, race and ethnicity theory, cultural and critical theory, Asian American literature

Rory Ong Associate professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies and American Studies and Culture graduate faculty, Rory Ong’s teaching and research interests intersect rhetorical studies, race and ethnicity studies, cultural and critical theory, with globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora studies.  Dr. Ong teaches undergraduate coursework in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, as well as graduate coursework in American Studies.  His research has been concerned with the production and intersection of knowledge within racial, gendered, historical, social and political contexts.  His work considers the entanglements of complex social locations with uneven power dynamics that often dominate, regulate, and make everyday life contradictory. Email him at

Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi

Spanish, contemporary Latin American literature, film, and culture; Spanish film and culture

 Associate professor of Spanish, Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi’s research interests include contemporary Latin American literature, film, and culture; and Spanish film and culture. She has published and lectured internationally on film and literature, theater, and hybrid genre topics. Email her at

John Streamas

Racial politics of time and space, social justice

John Streamas. Associate professor of comparative ethnic studies and American Studies and Culture, John Streamas’s research and teaching interest areas include ethnic studies; Asian Pacific American studies and literature; Trans-Pacific cultures; nuclear politics and Pacific wars;  Pacific Islands cultures;  race and depression; theories of race and ethnicity and technologies of time and space; racism; poverty; narrative; and social justice. Email him at

Insook Webber

French, 20th–21st-century French literature, phenomenology, structuralism & poststructuralism, critical theory

 Clinical Assistant Professor of French, Insook Webber’s research interests span 20th-21st-century French literature; phenomenology; structuralism & poststructuralism; critical theory; psychoanalysis and literature; cinema and literature. Email her at .