Modern Languages Faculty

Virginia Arreola, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
arreolav@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Contemporary Hispanophone Caribbean and Haitian literature, U.S. Latinx literature, 19th century Latin American foundational literature, diaspora, gender and cultural studies.
Professor Virginia Arreola joined the Department of Modern Languages in August 2015. Since her arrival she has worked with Spanish Majors to apply the cultural competency and critical thinking skills they learned through textual analysis and literary criticism to a traditional Spanish Senior Thesis or to a project that bridges their second major (eg. Education, Nursing, Economics) to their major in Spanish. Dr. Arreola’s own work centers on contemporary Caribbean and U.S. Latinx literatures and cultures, and how identitarian expressions are used to transcend culturally, socially, or legally constructed borders of nation, state, race, and gender. As a teacher-scholar, what drives her research is the goal to better understand the complexities of the human experience and to be able to guide students to do the same in the context of an evermore-diverse society.

Karina Walker, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. Candidate, State University of New York at Albany
walkerk3@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Golden Age, Twentieth, and Twenty-first-century Peninsular Literature. Baroque and Neo-Baroque aesthetic in contemporary Spanish narrative, film, culture and politics. Nationalism, collective identities, and gender studies.

Mark Wolff, Associate Professor of French and Modern Languages Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Chicago
wolffm0@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Nineteenth-Century French novel, Oulipo, digital humanities.
Mark Wolff is Associate Professor of French, Coordinator of Global Studies, and Chair of Modern Languages at Hartwick College. His research interests include nineteenth-century popular literature, the twentieth- and twenty-first-century group of writers known as the Oulipo, and computational methods in the digital humanities. His teaching focuses on finding ways to help students discover themselves in French so that they can develop the necessary linguistic and cultural competency to engage the world. He enjoys working with students seeking to combine French or Global Studies with other academic programs to design a unique and personal interdisciplinary experience.

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