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Modern Languages


  • Gregory Baer

    Chair, Modern Languages Department; Associate Professor of Modern Languages

    Gregory Baer’s teaching and scholarship center on two primary areas: 20th century German culture and foreign language pedagogy. He teaches courses in German, interpreting written texts, and East German films. He was honored with Carthage’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2011.

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  • Matt Borden

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages

    Since joining the Carthage faculty, Professor Borden has focused his efforts and research on the areas of Spanish Language Pedagogy, Community Engagement Learning, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and Study Tours abroad. He has given nearly forty public presentations at conferences related to these fields, as well as another ten invited lectures under various formats at peer institutions. Among his conferences presentations are fourteen separate international talks in Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, England, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

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  • Sarah Cyganiak

    Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Sarah Cyganiak teaches courses in Spanish and helps organize the annual International Poetry Festival. Before coming to Carthage in 2007, she was an adjunct instructor at Marquette University.

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  • Erik Kulke

    Director of Education Abroad, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Erik Kulke teaches Spanish language, literature and civilization courses, as well as cultural awareness and Global Heritage classes. As the primary point of contact for study abroad, he works with Carthage students as they prepare for and participate in their international study experiences.

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  • Maribel Morales Martinez

    Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation 

    Maribel Morales Martinez joined the Carthage faculty in 2006 after teaching at the Kenosha Unified School District in the Transitional Bilingual Program for three years. At Carthage, she teaches courses in Spanish language, Spanish literature, and the introductory course for Women’s and Gender Studies; promotes multicultural awareness by participating in numerous international events; and is the advisor for the Campus Cursive student organization.

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  • Isabel Rivero-Vila

    Professor of Modern Languages

    Isabel Rivero-Vilá came to Carthage in 2004 after teaching Spanish at several institutions in Brittany and Normandy (Lycée de L’Elorn, Lycée Jean d’ Arc, Lycée Coat-Mez) and Colegio Delibes in Salamanca, Spain. She also taught French at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. At Carthage, she teaches courses in Spanish and French, serves as advisor to the International Friendship Society, and helps redesign the Modern Languages web pages.

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  • Pascal Rollet

    Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Pascal Rollet specializes in 19th century French literature and the culture of modern France. He teaches French, Spanish and Carthage Symposium courses on poetry in French or Spanish and music. Since coming to Carthage, he has been committed to the promotion of study abroad, the development of multi-cultural awareness and the use of music in the language classroom.

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  • Richard Sperber

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Richard Sperber teaches both German and Spanish at Carthage. His teaching and research interests include colonial and postcolonial studies, Pacific studies, the Spanish Civil War, 19th and 20th century German literature, and 20th century Spanish literature.

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  • Darwin H. Tsen

    Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Tsen earned his doctorate in comparative literature and Asian studies from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from The State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton. He teaches courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies.

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  • Yan Wang

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies

    Professor Yan Wang teaches courses in Japanese, Asian Studies, and Global Heritage. Her research interests include Japanese/Chinese social linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy and second language acquisition. 

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    • Modern Languages Professor Pascal Rollet writes songs that highlight grammar points in French and Spanish. He uses software to merge synthesized instruments, guitar, and vocals into tunes a college audience can tolerate, and learn from.

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    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …