Foreign Languages

Faculty & Staff

Chinese  •  French  •  German  •  Italian  •  Spanish

Esperanza V. Roncero

Esperanza V. Roncero

Director of Casa Hispana in Casa Hispana
Professor & Chair in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2679
eroncer5@naz.edu
Spanish House
Bio

Education: B.A., Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University; M.A., Spanish, Emory University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Emory University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Linguistics; human rights; translation; and how language shapes the human experience, consciousness, and cultures. Connects students to Peru to work with indigenous communities in schools, clinics, and communities, through service, health campaigns, and research projects, and promotes civic engagement. Leads courses and directs internships in Spanish-speaking countries. Emphasizes that language is more than a tool, but also what we are made of. Awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a program to enable students to work and study in Peru for one month. Currently developing a certification program in interpreting.

Chinese Language Instructors

Zhansui Yu

Zhansui Yu

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Chinese Language and Culture Major in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-5146
zyu8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 390
Bio

Education: A native speaker of Chinese, he received his Ph.D. in modern Chinese literature and culture from the University of British Columbia.

Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth century Chinese literature and film, modern Chinese intellectual history, and contemporary Chinese social and intellectual issues. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English on issues in modern Chinese literature, culture, and history. He is currently working on a book manuscript on contemporary Chinese avant-garde fiction.

He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lehigh University before joining Nazareth.

French Language Instructors

Candide Carrasco

Candide Carrasco

Professor of French in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2675
ccarras8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 389
Bio

Education: A native speaker of French and Spanish, he received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature.

Teaching and Research Interests: Prof. Carrasco has been teaching French and literature for thirty years. Teaching French goes beyond language acquisition skills; it exposes students to another world of culture, and allows them to discover the aesthetic values of a literary text and the universal bridges between themselves and the works of art. An accomplished playwright, he has written and produced plays in French, Spanish, and English.

Mireille Le Breton

Mireille Le Breton

Assistant Professor of French in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2685
mlebret5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 391
Bio

Education: Mireille received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She also is an alumna of the University of Maryland, at College Park, where she received her MA, and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d' Ulm, in Paris.

Teaching and Research Interests: French literature, francophone and film studies,  cultural trends in contemporary France, and advanced composition and conversation courses. Research interests include immigration, politics and the novel; ethnicity, identity and human rights in contemporary literature and film; images of women in contemporary French and Francophone cinema; literary and film theory.

Before relocating to Rochester, she taught at the University of Delaware, Maryland and Stanford University. She is the Director of the French House and the French Club Advisor.

German Language Instructors

Lisa Cerami

Lisa Cerami

Visiting Assistant Professor of German in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2359
lcerami5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 388
Birgit Deir

Birgit Deir

Director of the Emerson Lang Lab, Lecturer in German in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2864
bdeir9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 413
Bio

Education: A native speaker of German, she received her Master of Science in 2004 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in programming and databases.

Professor Deir is also currently the Director of the College's Emerson Language Lab, specializing in technology and language acquisition.

Italian Language Instructors

Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

Professor of Italian / Director of the Study Abroad for Pescara & Florence Italy / Coordinator of Casa Italiana in Foreign Languages & Literature
Coordinator of Casa Italiana in Casa Italiana
585-389-2688
mvittia6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 393
Bio

Education: A native speaker of Italian, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a thesis on Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello.

Teaching and Research Interests: Teaching since 1978, Prof. Vitti-Alexander believes in closely associating with her students for a fuller appreciation of the language and culture of Italy. In addition, she has accompanied students abroad through the University of Michigan Summer program in Florence for 18 years. She is presently running a summer program for Nazareth in Pescara.

Paola Quadrini

Paola Quadrini

Instructor in Italian Language and Cultural Classes in Casa Italiana
Lecturer in Italian in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2468
pquadri3@naz.edu
Casa Italiana
Bio

Education: Paola is an Italian native speaker specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language. She received her Master’s in Italian Language Pedagogy from Ca’ Foscari University, Italy and her Master’s in Italian Language and Literature from Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Modern Languages in Italian and German at Middlebury College at Mills with a dissertation on the use of film in the Italian language classroom.

Teaching and Research Interests: Italian language pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Italian language and culture through film and literature.

Before joining Nazareth, she taught at Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University Bloomington.

Spanish Language Instructors

Hilda Chacon

Hilda Chacon

Associate Professor of Spanish in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2687
hchacon6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 383
Bio

Education: Professor Chacon obtained her Ph.D. in Contemporary and Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Latin America at The Ohio State University with a dissertation on urban chronicles in Mexico post-NAFTA.

Teaching and Research Interests:  Internet studies, e-literature, and cultural uses of cyberspace in Latin America (and by Latin@s in the United States); mass media, contestatory movements in social media and consumer culture; gender and identity; Mexico-USA cultural exchanges; Central American post-war literature and culture. Her first career was as a journalist where she worked on radio, TV, and press media in Costa Rica, her native country.