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Administrative Faculty

Anna Casas Aguilar

Anna Casas Aguilar

Assistant Professor of Spanish | Associate Graduate Advisor

phone604 822 4023
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 721
I received a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American literature (Filología Hispánica) and a D.E.A. (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) in Romance Literatures from the University of Barcelona. In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. Before join...Read more

Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Director, FHIS Learning Centre

phone604 822 4561
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 804
Brianne is an Associate Professor of Teaching (Spanish), and has taught in various capacities at UBC since 2010 (Assistant Professor (without Review), Lecturer, Arts One Instructor), and at universities in the United States prior to coming to Canada. Brianne’s role in the FHIS Department focuse...Read more

Caroline Lebrec

Caroline Lebrec

Assistant Professor of Teaching | Language Program Director of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 803

Subject Area

French Studies
In her role as French Language Program Director, Caroline’s contribution to the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) is to lead the French language Program, to coordinate FREN101 and FREN102 (Beginners’ French I and II), to develop and offer the French Go Global Seminar (La ...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Daniela Boccassini

Daniela Boccassini

Professor of Italian | Associate Head of Italian Studies

phone604 822 4006
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 816
I teach and write in the areas of Italian and Romance Studies, with a focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. I have always been fascinated by the ways in which the act of transcribing (both with words and in images) ends up preserving the memory of complex cultural processes, involving vario...Read more

Elizabeth Lagresa-González

Elizabeth Lagresa-González

Assistant Professor of Spanish | Associate Head of Romance Studies

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 806
Dr. Elizabeth S. Lagresa-González obtained her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Her area of specialization is early modern Hispanic literature and culture, which she addresses at the intersection of gender, visual and material studies. In addition to peer-reviewed...Read more

Farid Laroussi

Farid Laroussi

Professor of French | Associate Head of French Studies

phone604 822 4679
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 815

Subject Area

French Studies
Farid Laroussi first studied the Maghreb world with particular attention to text, memory and history. His publications on francophone studies are on questions pertaining to the challenge of cultural representation, especially around identity and identification. Scholarly interests intersect with pos...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Department Head | Associate Professor of French

phone604 822 4000
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 715 D

Subject Area

French Studies
Joël Castonguay-Bélanger holds an MA from McGill University and a joint PhD from Université de Montréal and Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. In 2009, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he joined the University of British Columbia as assistant professor of French Literature...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Luisa Canuto

Luisa Canuto

Associate Professor of Teaching | Language Program Director of Italian

phone604 822 1572
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 825

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Language Program Director, Italian Luisa Canuto has been teaching language courses for UBC French, Hispanic and Italian Studies since 1994. In that same year, Luisa founded and then coordinated the Italian Program for UBC Continuing Studies, trained all the instructors, developed the curriculum f...Read more

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran

Associate Professor of French | Graduate Advisor

phone604 827 5464
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 807
Patrick Moran is a specialist of medieval French literature. He has been at UBC since 2018, after teaching at various French and Canadian universities (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Université Lyon 2, Université Montpellier 3, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Université Laval). He holds a...Read more

Stephanie Spacciante

Stephanie Spacciante

Lecturer of Spanish | Language Program Director of Spanish

phone604 822 5620
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 702
In addition to teaching Spanish, Stephanie Spacciante serves as the 201/202 Course Coordinator as well as being an active member on various FHIS committees. Stephanie is also the Summer Study Abroad Director for the Go Global Seminar Programs in South America.  She specializes in designing, impl...Read more
Graduate Faculty

Alain-Michel Rocheleau

Alain-Michel Rocheleau

Assistant Professor of French

phone604 822 4036
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 820

Subject Area

French Studies
Alain-Michel Rocheleau joined the University of British Columbia in 1992. He has been an associate editor of Canadian Literaturefrom 1996 to 2003, and he is currently a member of the editorial board of L'Annuaire théâtral since 2003. His research focuses primarily on contemporary French and Québ...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Alessandra Santos

Alessandra Santos

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

phone604 822 2346
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 824
Chair of the Latin American Studies Program Alessandra Santos is Associate Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Her interdisciplinary research examines modern and contemporary literary and cultural production. She is interested in utopias, technology, media, gender, race, and soc...Read more

Anna Casas Aguilar

Anna Casas Aguilar

Assistant Professor of Spanish | Associate Graduate Advisor

phone604 822 4023
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 721
I received a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American literature (Filología Hispánica) and a D.E.A. (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) in Romance Literatures from the University of Barcelona. In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. Before join...Read more

Anne Salamon

Anne Salamon

Associate Professor of French

phone604 827 5464
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 701
Anne Salamon is Associate Professor of French (Romance Philology). She started at UBC in 2020, after eight years as Assistant and then Associate Professor at Université Laval, in the Département de Littérature, Théâtre et Cinéma. She holds a PhD from the Université Paris-Sorbonne and is an al...Read more

Antje Ziethen

Antje Ziethen

Assistant Professor of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 818

Subject Area

French Studies
Antje Ziethen specializes in African literatures and francophone literatures, with a particular focus on (urban) space, migration, and gender. She is the author of Géo/Graphies postcoloniales. La Poétique de l’espace dans le roman mauricien et sénégalais (WVT, 2013) and the co-editor of Beyond...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Carlo Testa

Carlo Testa

Professor of Italian

phone604 822 4025
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 718
Carlo Testa received his Laurea in Lettere from the University of Milan in 1978 and did his graduate work in German, French and Comparative Literature in California (UC Davis and Berkeley) in the 1980s. At UBC since 1992, he currently teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century Italy (literature, c...Read more

Daniela Boccassini

Daniela Boccassini

Professor of Italian | Associate Head of Italian Studies

phone604 822 4006
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 816
I teach and write in the areas of Italian and Romance Studies, with a focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. I have always been fascinated by the ways in which the act of transcribing (both with words and in images) ends up preserving the memory of complex cultural processes, involving vario...Read more

Elizabeth Lagresa-González

Elizabeth Lagresa-González

Assistant Professor of Spanish | Associate Head of Romance Studies

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 806
Dr. Elizabeth S. Lagresa-González obtained her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Her area of specialization is early modern Hispanic literature and culture, which she addresses at the intersection of gender, visual and material studies. In addition to peer-reviewed...Read more

Farid Laroussi

Farid Laroussi

Professor of French | Associate Head of French Studies

phone604 822 4679
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 815

Subject Area

French Studies
Farid Laroussi first studied the Maghreb world with particular attention to text, memory and history. His publications on francophone studies are on questions pertaining to the challenge of cultural representation, especially around identity and identification. Scholarly interests intersect with pos...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Gaoheng Zhang

Gaoheng Zhang

Associate Professor of Italian

phone604 827 5264
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 822
章杲恆 Gaoheng Zhang is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a humanities scholar of migration, mobilities, multiculturalism, media, rhetoric, ethics, and masculinity. His recent research seeks to provide a road map for analyzing cultural mobilities ...Read more

Irem Ayan

Irem Ayan

Assistant Professor of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 711

Subject Area

French Studies
I hold an MA in Conference Interpreting from Institut libre Marie Haps in Brussels, and a PhD in Translation Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Before joining the University of British Columbia, I taught a variety of original courses in translation theory and practice at Bi...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Department Head | Associate Professor of French

phone604 822 4000
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 715 D

Subject Area

French Studies
Joël Castonguay-Bélanger holds an MA from McGill University and a joint PhD from Université de Montréal and Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. In 2009, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he joined the University of British Columbia as assistant professor of French Literature...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Jon Beasley-Murray

Jon Beasley-Murray

Associate Professor of Spanish

phone604 339 4213
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 817
Jon Beasley-Murray has a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Katharina Piechocki

Katharina Piechocki

Assistant Professor of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 707

Subject Area

French Studies
I joined the faculty at UBC, where I specialize in seventeenth-century French literature, in July 2021, after teaching in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University for eight years. My research focuses on early modern French and Romance literature, in particular theater, opera, c...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Kim Beauchesne

Kim Beauchesne

Associate Professor of Spanish

phone604 822 5594
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 717
Dr. Kim Beauchesne specializes in Latin American colonial literature and postcolonial theory, with a particular emphasis on comparative colonialism, and was the co-organizer of the UBC Postcolonial Research Cluster. Other research and teaching interests include the relationship between human rights...Read more

María Soledad Fernández Utrera

María Soledad Fernández Utrera

Professor of Spanish

phone604 822 5308
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 802
On study leave from September 1st, 2022 until August 31st, 2023.

Marie-Eve Bouchard

Marie-Eve Bouchard

Assistant Professor of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 809
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at UBC. I hold a PhD degree in linguistics from New York University, where I specialized in both sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. I am an anthropologically oriented sociolinguist, and I tend to enjo...Read more

Nancy Frelick

Nancy Frelick

Associate Professor of French

phone604 822 4031
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 818
Nancy Frelick is associate professor of French Renaissance Literature at the University of British Columbia, where she has been teaching since 1990.  She is the author of the book Délie as Other: Toward a Poetics of Desire in Scève’s Délie (French Forum, 1994) as well as articles on French R...Read more

Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran

Associate Professor of French | Graduate Advisor

phone604 827 5464
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 807
Patrick Moran is a specialist of medieval French literature. He has been at UBC since 2018, after teaching at various French and Canadian universities (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Université Lyon 2, Université Montpellier 3, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Université Laval). He holds a...Read more

Ramón (Arturo) Victoriano-Martinez

Ramón (Arturo) Victoriano-Martinez

Assistant Professor of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 719
Ramón Antonio Victoriano-Martinez (Arturo) was born in the Dominican Republic (1969), where he graduated with a B.A. in law at the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo (Class of 1994). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the area of Hispanic and Latin American Literatures in 2010....Read more

Raúl Álvarez Moreno

Raúl Álvarez Moreno

Associate Professor of Spanish

phone604 822 4039
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 823
After studying and teaching in Spain and the USA, I joined the University of British Columbia in 2009, where I teach Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature, culture, and language (i.e. History of the Spanish Language, Business Spanish…) in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Stud...Read more

Tamara Mitchell

Tamara Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 824
Tamara Mitchell is a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literatures and cultures. Her work examines the relationship among aesthetics, politics, and the literary tradition in the current epoch of neoliberal globalization, with a focus on Mexican and Central American narrative fiction. ...Read more

Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire

Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire

Associate Professor of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 708
Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire specializes in French literature from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the representation of space in narratives. After studies in architecture, he has obtained an M.A. in French literature from the Université de Montréal, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in R...Read more
Professors of Teaching

Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Director, FHIS Learning Centre

phone604 822 4561
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 804
Brianne is an Associate Professor of Teaching (Spanish), and has taught in various capacities at UBC since 2010 (Assistant Professor (without Review), Lecturer, Arts One Instructor), and at universities in the United States prior to coming to Canada. Brianne’s role in the FHIS Department focuse...Read more

Caroline Lebrec

Caroline Lebrec

Assistant Professor of Teaching | Language Program Director of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 803

Subject Area

French Studies
In her role as French Language Program Director, Caroline’s contribution to the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) is to lead the French language Program, to coordinate FREN101 and FREN102 (Beginners’ French I and II), to develop and offer the French Go Global Seminar (La ...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Luisa Canuto

Luisa Canuto

Associate Professor of Teaching | Language Program Director of Italian

phone604 822 1572
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 825

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Language Program Director, Italian Luisa Canuto has been teaching language courses for UBC French, Hispanic and Italian Studies since 1994. In that same year, Luisa founded and then coordinated the Italian Program for UBC Continuing Studies, trained all the instructors, developed the curriculum f...Read more

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Lecturer

Cécile Ollivier-Budisa

Cécile Ollivier-Budisa

Lecturer of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 704

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies

Chiara Falangola

Chiara Falangola

Lecturer of Italian

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 808

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Office hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm Chiara Falangola has been Lecturer of Italian at UBC since July 2021. She was previously Assistant and then Associate Professor of French and Italian at Rhode Island College, USA (2014-2021), and Instructor of French at the University of Ne...Read more

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Iris Escuer Riera

Iris Escuer Riera

Lecturer of Spanish

phone604 822 1578
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 805

Isabelle Delage-Béland

Isabelle Delage-Béland

Lecturer of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 710

Subject Area

French Studies
Isabelle Delage-Béland is Lecturer of French. Before joining UBC in 2020, she taught several language, grammar, literature, and writing courses in Quebec (at Université de Montréal and Université Laval) and in Ontario (at Brock University). In the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Stu...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Juliet O'Brien

Juliet O'Brien

Lecturer of French

phone604 822 4009
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 703
Dr O’Brien is of mixed origin; she grew up in Belgium, bilingual (trilingual when very small), and her background has shaped a broader concern with hybridity, migrancy, cosmopolitanism, and tolerance. She has been at UBC since 2009. Before then, she taught at Princeton University, Trinity College...Read more

Magali Blanc

Magali Blanc

Lecturer of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 811

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies

María Adelaida Escobar Trujillo

María Adelaida Escobar Trujillo

Lecturer of Spanish

phone604 822 5797
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 711
María Adelaida Escobar is originally from Colombia where she initially studied Philosophy and Literature to then pursue her studies in English and Hispanic Literature and Cultures. Her main interests are transcultural interactions, identity and gender dialogues in and between the cultures of Spain ...Read more

Maria Carbonetti

Maria Carbonetti

Lecturer of Spanish

phone604 822 6809
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 801
I received a Licenciatura en Letras, from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina with an specialization in Linguistics. In 2004, I finished my Ph.D in the French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department , UBC in Hispanic Studies. My thesis, “Distinción y Periferia en el Discurso de la Prensa Ilu...Read more

Soline Milet

Soline Milet

Lecturer of French

phone604 822 4558
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 810

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies

Stephanie Spacciante

Stephanie Spacciante

Lecturer of Spanish | Language Program Director of Spanish

phone604 822 5620
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 702
In addition to teaching Spanish, Stephanie Spacciante serves as the 201/202 Course Coordinator as well as being an active member on various FHIS committees. Stephanie is also the Summer Study Abroad Director for the Go Global Seminar Programs in South America.  She specializes in designing, impl...Read more

Sylvia Bascou-Vallarino

Sylvia Bascou-Vallarino

Lecturer of French

phone604 822 4498
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 706

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies
Visiting Faculty

Elena Zampieri

Elena Zampieri

Visiting Lecturer of Italian

phone604 822 4027
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 720

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Starting with 2017/2018 Winter Term II Elena Zampieri is the Visiting Lecturer of Italian appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After graduating in Foreign Languages and Literatures in Venice, Elena began her job as a State  English  Language teacher at Primary, Middle and Secon...Read more

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Sessional Instructors

Andrea Roca

Andrea Roca

Sessional Lecturer of Portuguese and Spanish

phone604 822 6427
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 827
Andrea Roca is an anthropologist who obtained her bachelor degree at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and her Master and Doctorate degrees at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She taught at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Since 2006 she is a member of the Labora...Read more

Annick Pellegrin

Annick Pellegrin

Sessional Lecturer of French

Subject Area

French Studies
Dr. Annick Pellegrin received a dual PhD in French Studies and in Spanish and Latin American Studies from The University of Sydney in 2014. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts Languages degree with four majors (French, Spanish, Italian and Linguistics) and joint honours in Spanish and La...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Anthony Pearce

Anthony Pearce

PhD Student in Spanish | Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

Arianna Dagnino

Arianna Dagnino

Sessional Lecturer of Italian

phone604 822 5797
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 728

Subject Area

Italian Studies
Arianna Dagnino  holds an M.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures  from l’Università degli Studi di Genova and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia. She is a literary translator and creative writer. She authored the book Transcultural Writers and Novels in...Read more

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Catherine Black

Catherine Black

Sessional Lecturer of French

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies

Giorgio Jacova

Giorgio Jacova

Sessional Lecturer of Italian

phone604 822 5598
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 827

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Subject Area

Italian Studies

John Culbert

John Culbert

Sessional Lecturer of French

phone604 822 4465
location_onBuchanan Tower

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies

Joyce Lubert

Joyce Lubert

Sessional Lecturer of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 705

Subject Area

French Studies
Joyce Lubert obtained a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Translation, as well as a Certificate in Educational Psychology from the Université de Montréal. She was a member of the Société des Traducteurs du Québec and has worked as a professional translator and consecutive...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Marcos Moscoso-Garay

Marcos Moscoso-Garay

PhD Student in Spanish | Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower
Bachelor in Literature in the University National “Mayor de San Marcos” (UNMSM). Lima, Peru. Master’s Degree in Hispanic Literature, Art, History and Society. University “Autonoma de Madrid” (UAM).Madrid, Spain. A Currently  PhD candidate in the department of French, Hispanic ...Read more

Mirta Roncagalli

Mirta Roncagalli

PhD Student in Spanish | Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

Mirta Roncagalli is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Studies at UBC, where she also serves as Graduate Ambassador and Departmental Graduate Representative.    Mirta’s research explores the connections between politics and ethics, specifically within the 21st-century Spanish essay. Through the...Read more

Monica Liscio Gordon

Monica Liscio Gordon

Sessional Lecturer of Italian

phone604 822 4867
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 827

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Subject Area

Italian Studies

Olga Albarran Caselles

Olga Albarran Caselles

Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 728
I arrived to UBC in 2010 and since then I’ve enjoyed teaching Spanish to a variety of students from all over the world. My research focuses on the cultural representations of mothers and motherhood, exploring the intersection between reproduction, feminism and literary theory.

Patricio Robles

Patricio Robles

PhD Student in Spanish | Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 728
Patricio is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies, researching texts about America's Southern Cone nature (Patagonia and Pampas). Focusing on the intersection of Affective theory and Ecocritical analysis, Patricio investigates how nature and culture have been perceived in post-Independence...Read more

Rodolfo Ortiz

Rodolfo Ortiz

Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

location_onBuchanan Tower
Rodolfo Ortiz has a Ph.D. from the UBC Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies. In 2015, he obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures. Also, he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature at the Universid...Read more

Somayeh Kamranian

Somayeh Kamranian

Sessional Lecturer of French

phone604 822 5534
location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 828

Subject Area

French Studies
Dr. Somayeh Kamranian is a sessional instructor of the French language arts in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at British Columbia University. As well, she has had substantial experience in teaching French language arts to non-native speakers ever since the year 2005. Dr. K...Read more

Subject Area

French Studies

Zoe Nassehi

Zoe Nassehi

Sessional Lecturer of French

location_onBuchanan Tower - Room 705

Subject Area

French Studies

Subject Area

French Studies