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, eager to assist students in the learning process and help identify problems with their individual courses. Some are relative newcomers to Binghamton, others have made the university "home" for many years.


Yulia Bosworth | | 607-777-2548

Robyn Cope | | 607-777-2548

Dora | 607-777-6507

Sandro Sticca | | 607-777-2548

Jeanette Patterson   



Julia Johnson |  | 607-777-2645

Carmen Swoffer-Penna |  | 607-777-2645

Elizabeth Clarke

 Jonathan Gerlach


Brendan Hennessey | | 607-777-2548

Mario | 607-777-2548

Dana | 607-777-2548



Maria Cook

Gary Roselle

Rachel Samiani   607-777-2548

Alexandra Lee


Chesla Ann | 607-777-2548

Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno | | 607-777-2548

Salvador | 607-777-2548 Personal website

Melissa Figueroa | | 607-777-2548

James | 607-777-2548

Bryan | 607-777-2548

Ana | 607-777-2548

Antonio Sobejano-Morá | 607-777-2548



Maria Alonso | | 607-777-2548

Magdal Bedrin | | 607-777-2548

Maria-Luisa Bracaglia-Kapral | | 607-777-2548

Sean Cook | | 607- 777-2548

Cindy Totolis | | 607-777-2548

Anita Vogely | |607 777-2645

Nicole Whalen

Emerita Hamdan

Gerardo Pignatiello


Yulia Bosworth

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.

Professor Bosworth’s 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 B.A. in French at Miami University of Ohio, her M.Ed. at Xavier University, and her Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. She specializes in Francophone Caribbean literature.

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.

Professor Cope's current book project is tentatively titled The Pen and the Pan: Food and Fiction in the Caribbean Diaspora.

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Dora Polachek

Received her B.A. from Barnard College, her M.A. from New York University, and her Ph.D. 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, seventeenth 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.


Sandro Sticca

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, received a B.A. magna cum laude in English from Utica College, an MA in English literature from Syracuse University and a PhD. in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University in 1966. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Littérature Française at the Sorbonne (1962-1964). He is the author of 38 books written in English and Italian and of numerous essays on French, Italian, Latin, Greek and German Literature. His special interests are in Romance Philology, Medieval Literature (Latin, French and Italian), Medieval and Renaissance Drama and Lyric and Modern French and Italian Literature and Comparative Literature. He is the founder of Mediaevalia (1975), CEMERS journal, of which he was Editor in 1975-1979 and 1995-2008. He was Editor of the Bernardo Lecture Series from 1998 to 2007. He has received several awards and recognitions among which Cavaliere of the Italian Republic  (2008) from Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy, Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humane Letters from Utica College (2007), Doctorate Honoris Causa in Art History from the Accademia Internazionale “Città di Roma” (2008), Premio Diamante from the “Ateneo” of Poesia, Rome (2005), Public Recognition from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in May 2010 for his service to CEMERS and Mediaevalia.  He has lectured widely at the national and international level at such universities as Cornell, Toronto, Michigan State, Michigan, Bucarest, La Sorbonne, Aix-en-Provence, Bruxelles, Louvain, Rome, Urbino, Chieti, L'Aquila, Wake Forrest, Duquesne, Utah, etc.

He has been Director of CEMERS and Chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures. He is presently Editor of Studies in Christian Thought and Tradition and of Studia Italica. Among his books are: The Latin Passion Play. Its Origins and Development (Albany,1970); The Planctus Mariae in the Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages (Athens, 1988); La poetica del Tempo Sacramentale “L’Annonce faite a’ Marie” of Paul Claudel and “Viviana” of Memmo Pinori (Chieti, 1996); Saints, Studies in Hagiography, ed. (Binghamton, MRTS, 1996); Gennaro Manna Tra Vita e Narrativa (Sulmona, 1998); La poesia di Gennaro Manna: il Verbo del Sacro e dell’Assurdo (Roma, 2009); Tocco Casauria 1859-1868. Risorgimento – Brigantaggio – Guardiania Rurale (Pescara, 2009); I Dipinti di Carlo Zaccardi. L’impronta della civiltà contadina (Parma, Biblioteca d’Arte Imago, 2003);  Bicentenario della Nascita (1810-2010) del Poeta Domenico Stromei (Roma, 2010).

He is the author of several monographs among which: The Officium Passionis Domini: An Unpublished Manuscript of the Fourteenth Century (St. Bonaventure University Press, 1975); Sulmona ed il teatro medieval abruzzese  (Sulmona, 1980); Le “Metamorfosi” nel mondo anglosassone (Sulmona, Centro Ovidiano di Studi e Ricerche, 1997); Il Tempo e la Musa: la Poesia di Nicola Terzini (Chieti, Centro Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche, 1998).  He is the author of 58 articles among which: “Anticipation as a Literary technique in Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu,” Symposium, XX (1966), 254-262; “Christian Drama and Christian Liturgy,” Latomus. Revue d’Etudes Latines, XXVI (1967), 1025-1034; “The Drama of Being and Seeming in Schnitzler’s Anatol and Pirandello’s Cosi è se vi pare,” Modern Austrian Literature, V (1966), 1-28; “Christian Ethics and Courtly Doctrine in Beroul’s Tristan et Iseut,” Classica et Mediaevalia, XXIX (1973), 223-248;  “The Christos Paschon and the Byzantine Theater,” Comparative Drama, VIII (1974), 13-44; “Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Birth of the French Nouvelle,” Forum Italicum, XI (1977), 1-33; “Existential Anguish in the Poetry of Reyes Carbonell,” Duquesne Hispanic Review, XI (1975), 1-22; “Italy: Liturgy and Christocentric Spirituality,” in Theatre of Medieval Europe, ed. Eckehard Simon (Cambridge, Harvard University, 1991), 169-188; “Petrarch’s Triumphs and its Medieval Dramatic Heritage, “ in Petrarch’s Triumphs. Allegory and Spectacle, eds. Konrad Eiesenbichler and Amilcare A. Iannucci, University of Toronto Italian Studies 4 (Ottowa, 1990), 47-62;  “Sacred Drama and Comic Realism in Hrotswitha’s Paphnutius,” in Herman Braet, Johan Nowe, Gilbert Tournoy, eds. The Theatre of the Middle Ages (Leuven, Belgium, 1985), 12-43;  “Hrotswitha of Gandersheim (c. 935-975),” in Katharina M. Wilson and Nadia Margolis, eds. Women in the Middle Ages, 2 Vols. (Westport, 2004), I, 436-441; “Garibaldi nella storiografia angloamericana,” in Riccardo Campa, ed. Giuseppe Garibaldi e l’Indipendenza delle nazioni (Roma, 2008), 225-240.

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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 neorealist director Luchino Visconti that analyzes the balance between formalism and realism in the postwar Italian blockbuster. His scholarly interests include: auteur and popular cinema, the modern novel, representations of technology, theories of adaptation, and Italian American cultural studies.

Hennessey has a B.A. in History and Italian from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, M.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and PhD in Italian from the University of California - Los Angeles. Some recent topics courses include "Murder, Mayhem, and the Mafia: Crime in Italian Cinema" and "Visions of the Italian Archipelago."


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, Professor Moroni has taught at Yale University, the University of Memphis, and Colby College.  Mario Moroni 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, Mario 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. 

Mario 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

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. Professor Stewart's graduate work, masters and doctorate, was done at Stanford University.


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 Chesla Ann Bohinski

Professor Bohinski received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University (Scranton, PA), her master’s degree from Millersville University (Millersville, PA), and her Ph.D. from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Her areas of specialty include second language acquisition and applied linguistics. More specifically, she has much interest in second language vocabulary acquisition and has presented her research at various conferences including the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference.

Prior to her working at Binghamton University, Professor Bohinski was a public high school Spanish teacher for eight years. With this experience combined with her doctoral work, Professor Bohinski 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.

Professor Bohinski is the supervisor of the department’s lower-level 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 or the MAT program, please contact Professor Bohinski at


Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno

Sandra received her B.A. 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 Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her current research work 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, Sandra 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.

Professor Casanova-Vizcaíno's recent articles have been published in Revista Letral, La Habana Elegante, 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.

Sandra 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

Principal fields of scholarly interest are Cervantes and Spanish poetry, mainly 20th Century Spanish peninsular. Professor Fajardo did 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 Quijote.

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James Hassell

Professor 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

Professor 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, having co-directed a documentary exploring Sephardic narratives in Sarajevo, Bosnia regarding the Holocaust, and having taught courses and workshops in and on Judeo-Spanish and Spanish language and culture.

At Binghamton University, Professor 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.

Professor 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

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.

Professor 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.
In the last years, 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

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.

Professor 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: 1/29/16