The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Binghamton University is pleased to introduce the distinguished members of its faculty. You will find them in their offices during office hours, available by appointment, willing to take a phone call and eager to assist students in the learning process and to help identify problems with their individual courses. Some are relative newcomers to Binghamton, others have made the University "home" for many years.


Yulia Bosworth | |

Robyn Cope | |

Dora |

Jeanette Patterson   



Julia Johnson |  | 607-777-2645

Carmen Swoffer-Penna |  | 607-777-2645

Elizabeth Clarke

 Jonathan Gerlach



Brendan Hennessey | |

Mario |

Dana |



Maria Cook

Gary Roselle

Rachel Samiani  

Alexandra Lee


Chesla Ann Lenkaitis | |

Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno | |

Salvador |  Personal website

James |

Bryan |

Ana |

Antonio Sobejano-Morá |



Maria Alonso | |

Magdal Bedrin | |

Maria-Luisa Bracaglia-Kapral | |

Sean Cook | |

Cindy Totolis | |

Anita Vogely | |

Nicole Whalen

Emerita Hamdan

Gerardo Pignatiello




Yulia Bosworth

Assistant Professor Bosworth teaches courses and advises students in the French language and linguistics track. Her course offerings include Introduction to French Linguistics, Advanced French Syntax, French Phonetics and Pronunciation, Phonology of Contemporary French, French in North America and other topics courses on selected aspects of interest in French and francophone linguistics and civilization. She will direct and lead a summer program in Quebec City, offering an upper-level course in Quebec language and culture to students who have completed the first two years of introductory French.

Her main area of specialization in linguistics is phonology, with a particular focus on Quebecois French. Her additional research concentration is Quebec studies, with a special interest in the relationship between language and identity. In the area of language pedagogy, her work focuses on the study of the overall decline of foreign languages and language programs in higher education.

She received her BA degrees in French and political science as well as a master's degree in French studies from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She received a doctorate in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous teaching appointment was at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, as an instructor of French and Russian.


Robyn Cope

Robyn Cope earned her BA in French at Miami University of Ohio, her MEd at Xavier University and her PhD in French at Florida State University. She specializes in Francophone Caribbean literature.

Assistant Professor Cope's recent articles include "Writing Haiti Global: Food and Fascism in Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones" (Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 19.3, 2015) and "Gagging on Egalité: Culinary Imperialism on the Island of Reunion in Axel Gauvin's Faims d'enfance" (French Cultural Studies 26.2, 2015).

As an IASH Faculty Fellow in fall 2015, Cope analyzed the ways in which Caribbean diasporic author Lakshmi Persaud's depictions of food, cooking and multiple generations of Indo-Trinidadian women stand to contribute to our understanding of the geographic, ethnic and temporal complexity of the Caribbean experience.

Her current book project is tentatively titled The Pen and the Pan: Food and Fiction in the Caribbean Diaspora.

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Dora Polachek

Associate Professor Dora Polachek received her BA from Barnard College, her MA from New York University and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her area of specialization is French Renaissance literature. She has published extensively on Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne and Brantôme as well as on the role of women during the French Wars of Religion. Her other research interests include French Renaissance theater and issues relating to gender and power in the early modern period.

Her teaching specialties include the French comic tradition, the novella, 17th-century theater and representations of the self in the early modern period. She is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as of the University Award for Excellence in International Education. She is the faculty advisor for Binghamton University's chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international language honor society, as well as of the weekly Table française.


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Brendan Hennessey

Brendan Hennessey's research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian film, literature and culture. He is currently authoring a monograph on director Luchino Visconti that analyzes formalism and realism in the postwar Italian adaptation. Scholarly interests include: auteur and popular cinema, the modern novel, digital media, and Italian American cultural studies. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Italianist, Modern Language Notes, Italian American Review, and Carte Italiane. Translation publications include a book-length rendition of Adriano Spatola’s Toward Total Poetry (Seismicity) and poetry by Leonardo Sinisgalli, Giorgio Orelli, and Luciano Erba.

Hennessey holds a BA in History & Italian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, MA in Italian Studies from the University of Notre Dame and PhD in Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before coming to Binghamton, he taught at SUNY Buffalo, Colby College, and was head curator of the Wagstaff Digital Archive of Italian Film at the University of Notre Dame. Some recent courses include "Murder, Mayhem and the Mafia: Crime in Italian Cinema" and "Visions of the Italian Archipelago."

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Mario Moroni

Mario Moroni was born in the region of Rome, Italy. He moved to the United States in 1989. He received a PhD from Northwestern University. Prior to Binghamton University, Assistant Professor Moroni taught at Yale University, the University of Memphis and Colby College.  He has published seven volumes of poetry and one of poetic prose. 

In 1989, he was awarded the Lorenzo Montano prize for poetry. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. His articles and essays have been published in numerous journals and collections of essays. As a critic, Moroni has published the volumes Essere e fare (Luisè, 1991), La presenza complessa (Longo, 1998), and Al limite (Le Monnier, 2007). He has co-edited three collections of essays:  Italian Modernism, with L. Somigli (U. of Toronto Press, 2004), From Eugenio Montale to Amelia Rossellii, with J. Butcher (Troubador Press, 2004), and Neoavanguardia, with P. Chirumbolo and L. Somigli (U. of Toronto Press, 2010). Currently, he is co-editing a new collection of essays devoted to Italian culture in the 1980s. 

Moroni's areas of teaching and research interest are: elementary and intermediate Italian language; composition and conversation; linguistics, semantics and rhetoric; Italian and European history; cultural history; and literature from 1800 to the present.


Dana Stewart

Associate Professor Dana Stewart's teaching specialties are Italian literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Humanism, and medieval science and magic.

Her areas of interest in research are: Dante, early Italian lyric poetry, medieval French love literature and the history of science. She is active in the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) and is editor-in-chief for Mediaevalia. Stewart's graduate work -- master's and doctorate -- were completed at Stanford University.


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 Chesla Ann Lenkaitis (Bohinski)

Assistant Professor Lenkaitis received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University (Scranton, Pa.), her master’s degree from Millersville University (Millersville, Pa.) and her PhD from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.). Her areas of specialty include second language acquisition and applied linguistics. More specifically, she has much interest in examining the uses of technology in the L2 classroom.  She has presented her research at various conferences including the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference and has written publications featured in journals including Foreign Language Annals. 

Prior to her working at Binghamton University, Lenkaitis was a public high-school Spanish teacher for eight years. With this experience, combined with her doctoral work, she dedicates herself not only to teaching Spanish, but also to helping present and future educators identify the most effective ways to facilitate the teaching and learning of a second language.

Lenkaitis is the supervisor of the department’s introductory and intermediate language program and is also the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in French and Spanish Adolescence Education. For more information about either the department’s language courses, the MAT program, or the MSEd program, contact Professor Lenkaitis at


Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno

Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno received her BA in Hispanic studies and French at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. She completed graduate work in comparative literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and her PhD in Hispanic studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her current research focuses on popular literary genres (gothic, horror, splatterpunk, sci-fi, gangster fiction and fantasy) from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Some of her most recent courses include "Latin American Horror Stories," "Contemporary Popular Fiction in the Hispanic Caribbean" and "Introduction to Hispanic Literature."

At Binghamton University, she was granted an IASH Faculty Fellowship for fall 2015. Her presentation, "'The Killer Among Us': Serial Murder in Contemporary Puerto Rican Narrative," studies the trope of the serial killer in the literary works of Josué Montijo and Francisco Font Acevedo.

Casanova-Vizcaíno's recent articles have been published in Revista Letral, La Habana Elegante and Revista Perífrasis, among others. Her article "'Home, Sweet, Home': Colonial Structures and the Gothic Genre in Contemporary Puerto Rican Narrative" is forthcoming in Gothic Studies Journal.

She is currently co-editing a book on Latin American gothic fiction and is working on a book project of her own on 21st-century Hispanic Caribbean gothic fiction titled El gótico transmigrado: horror y misterio en la narrativa reciente del Caribe hispano.

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Salvador Fajardo

Professor Salvador Fajardo's principal fields of scholarly interest are Cervantes and Spanish poetry, mainly 20th-century Spanish peninsular. Professor Fajardo completed his doctorate at the University of Chicago.

He is the author of books on the French novelist Calude Simon and on the Spanish poets Luis Cernuda and Rafael Alberti, editor of various collections of essays on 20th-century Spanish poetry and co-editor of a recently published collection on Don Quixote.

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James Hassell

Spanish and French lecturer James Hassell completed his doctorate in Medieval studies at the University of Toronto. He is currently teaching Spanish and French, and his fields of scholarly interest are medieval rhetoric, Latin American culture, language acquisition and 17th-century French literature. He is currently completing an edition of Molière’s Tartuffe.


Bryan Kirschen

Assistant Professor Bryan Kirschen's research in the field of Hispanic linguistics focuses on sociolinguistics and contact linguistics. He has presented and published on a variety of topics related to Judeo-Spanish in contact with modern Spanish, in addition to having edited a volume on Judeo-Spanish linguistic, literary and culture studies; co-directed a documentary exploring Sephardic narratives in Sarajevo, Bosnia, regarding the Holocaust; and taught courses and workshops in and on Judeo-Spanish and Spanish language and culture.

At Binghamton University, Kirschen plans to offer courses such as: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish Sociolinguistics, Spanish Syntax, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Introduction to Judeo-Spanish Linguistics, Multilingualism and Translation, and Spanish in the United States.

Kirschen received his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University; master's degrees from Binghamton University, Stony Brook University and Middlebury College; and his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is affiliated with the Linguistics Program as well as the Translation Research and Instruction Program. This year, he serves as the academic advisor to Spanish minors as well as to those students planning to study abroad. 


Ana Ros

Assistant Professor Ana Ros received her PhD in Romance languages and literatures from the University of Michigan in 2008. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary Latin America literature and cinema; the post-dictatorship period in the Southern Cone; collective memory and intergenerational relations; political and economic exile; and class relations.

Ros is the author of The Post-dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Collective Memory and Cultural Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her most recent articles are “Forgiveness and Reconciliation as Generational Questions, Argentina 1982-2011,” Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism (forthcoming 2012), “Leaving and Letting Go as Possible Ways of Living Together in Jorge Gaggero’s Live-in Maid” in Cacilda Rêgo and Carolina Rocha (eds.) New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema (Bristol: Intellect, 2011), and “Young Argentine Filmmakers Remembering the Past from a Present of Crisis” in Gallagher David (ed.) Latin American Studies: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution (Palo Alto: Academica Press, 2011).

At Binghamton University, she was granted a Dean’s Research Semester Award and was a Fellow of the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Recently, she has taught survey and topic courses include “Social Conflict Through Children’s Eyes: Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cinema,” “The Latin American Literary Boom and Its Narratives,” “Reality and/or Imagination: Expressing Twentieth Century Latin America,” and “19th-Century Latin American Literature and Culture.”

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Antonio Sobejano-Morán

Professor Antonio Sobejano-Morán's research concentrations are mainly on 20th-century Spanish literature with emphasis on metafiction. He also works on 20th-century Spanish theater and more recently developed a course that fuses together narrative and film. Although his teaching usually includes 20th-century Spanish literature, he also teaches additional courses each term, such as 18th- and 19th-century Spanish literature, picaresque novel and Business Spanish.

Sobejano-Morán received his baccalaureate degree from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; his masters and doctorate from Michigan State University.

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Last Updated: 5/18/17