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Unparalleled research projects led by faculty

Our world-renowned faculty members in the School of International Letters and Cultures solve prominent issues facing communities worldwide through research. From exploring the meaning of butterflies in Chinese and Korean culture to addressing the effect of interpersonal violence in Latin America, our faculty-led research projects have unprecedented value for cultures and communities across the globe.

Donald Livingston
Lecturer Sr, MY, Russian

Computer-aided language learning

Enrico Minardi
Lecturer Sr, MY, Italian

In the recent years, Enrico Minardi's research interests have developed toward a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of Italian culture and society. In his essays on modern poetry, he has paid a particular attention to gender-related issues when focusing on female authorship, and he has edited (with Cristina Caracchini) a... more

Saule Moldabekova Robb
Lecturer Sr, Russian

Heritage and second language pedagogy

Neimeh Mousa
Senior Lecturer, Arabic

Codeswitching of Arabic/English bilinguals

Grammatical aspects of the Palestinian dialects

Sosciolinguistics of the Palestinian dialects


Sandra Palaich
Lecturer Sr, Italian

Use of technology in foreign language instruction. Developing cultural proficiency. Translation. Study abroad education.

Lecturer Sr, Portuguese
Almira Poudrier
Lecturer Sr, MY, Latin

Greek history and religion, especially as described by Herodotus. Roman religion. Magic and witchcraft in the ancient world. Inscriptions and material culture in Greek religion. Historiography and historiographical theory, especially as it relates to ancient historians. Classical mythology and comparative literature. Heroic literature and... more

Sarah Risha
Lecturer Sr, Arabic

Teaching Methodologies
Middle Eastern and Arabic Culture
Arab American studies
Islamic and Quranic Studies

Judith Shemer
Senior Lecturer, MY, Hebrew
Lecturer Sr, MY, Japanese


Global Intersections Blog

the SILC Instructional and Research Technology Committee has created a central hub of research and points-of-interest stories surrounding the language and cultures in the School of International Letters and Cultures.  This is a constant work in progress-- there is something new to look at every time.  These entries come from the perspective of faculty, graduate students, lecturers, and instructors. If you are interested in intensive courses, faculty research, or the role of technology in learning languages, give the link a quick click