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Foreign Language Studies Adjunct Faculty

Rym Bel Kefi ( teaches French. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris, France. Her fields of specialization are French and Francophone cultures, society, political and economic issues in France and in North Africa, and Euro-Mediterranean relations. She is a Board member of the French Alliance of Providence.   

Gersende Chanfrau ( teaches French. She holds an M.A from Université Paris-IX Dauphine in Higher Education. She is specialized in teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) for undergraduate students and adults (Alliance Française de Providence), and teaching Francophone cultural differences. She is also the director of Study Abroad at Rhode Island College.

Laura Martínez Espinel ( teaches Spanish. She has a master’s degree in Audio and Video Production from the University of the Arts (ISA), Havana, Cuba, and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Havana (licenciatura en Letras). She has been a publications specialist in Spanish for several publishers. Her fields of specialization include: interdisciplinary studies in computational linguistics, cinematographic semiotics, and cognitive linguistics in cultural contexts, including documentaries on cultural anthropology. Currently, she is actively investigating opportunities to teach Spanish as a second language, leveraging her previous studies in comparative linguistics and methodologies for communicative language teaching.

Elisabetta Misuraca ( teaches Italian. She holds an M.A. in Italian Literature from Boston College and a B.A. in Italian from the University of Rhode Island. Her career has been dedicated to educating and mentoring students of Italian inside and outside of the classroom, traveling with and guiding them in Italy on short term study abroad programs. She has much professional and personal experience with Italy’s various regional cultures and dialects. Throughout her time as an instructor, she has taught various courses: Introductory Italian, Intermediate Italian, Reading and Writing, Conversation and Composition, and advanced courses in literature, film, business, and culture. Her specific interests in Italian are in Medieval and Renaissance literature, cinema, women’s studies, study abroad, organized crime and Italy’s Mezzogiorno. Prior to joining Providence College, she taught at Bryant University, Lesley University, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Boston College. She is currently researching gender roles in Italy.

Muna Mohammad (mmohamma@providence.eduteaches Arabic. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Jordan, Jordan. Her fields of specialization are Arabic language and its literature as well as neurolinguistics. 

Joseph Paola ( teaches Spanish. He holds an M.A. from Middlebury College. His fields of specialization are early modern Spain and Spanish America, colonial historiography, gender studies, and foreign language acquisition. 

Kristen Pedroso (kpedroso@providence.eduteaches Spanish. M.A. Middlebury College 

Ellen Stein  (estein@providence.eduworked at an uninspiring job for many years until she went “back to school” to pursue a degree in her first (academic) love, the German language. After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in German Studies and an Outstanding Tutor of the Year award from University of Massachusetts Boston, she went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in German Language and Literature from Tufts University. There her concentration was in German-Jewish literature. After teaching English composition and literature to college students for ten years and receiving the Teacher of the Year award in 2016 at Mount Ida College, Ellen is thrilled to teach German at Providence College. 

 Xiaojun Zhang ( earned a Master Degree of Education in urban teaching at Providence College 2018. Since the fall of 2018, Xiaojun has been teaching Chinese at Providence College. Being her first-time teaching at a college, she is working very seriously to design the curriculums and carefully preparing for each lesson in order to maximize the ability to cater to her student’s needs. Xiaojun is an experienced Mandarin Chinese teacher with a great passion on teaching Chinese language and culture. During her lessons, she always incorporates related culture elements with multimedia through content-based and project-based lessons. This kind of curriculum design can really engage her students with great efficiency in their learning. She really loves devoting all her skills to promote her students’ Chinese learning.