People

Jill Beckman

Jill Beckman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor
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Dr. Jill Beckman is the Director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as well as the DEO and Associate Professor of German.
Rosie Santo Domingo

Rosie Santo Domingo

Title/Position
Administrator, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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Aron Aji

Aron Aji, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of MFA in Literary Translation
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Aron Aji, Director of MFA in Literary Translation, has joined the faculty in 2014. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, LatifeTekin, and other Turkish writers, including Karasu’s The Garden of Departed Cats, and A Long Day’s Evening. His forthcoming translations include Ferid Edgü’s Wounded Age and Eastern Tales, and Mungan’s Tales of Valor (co-translated with David Gramling). Aji was president of The American Literary Translators Association between 2016-2019.  He leads the Translation Workshop, and teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation; theory, and contemporary Turkish literature.
 

Madison Beauchamp

Title/Position
Graduate Student
 

Amy Benfer

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Jennifer Bjornstad

Jennifer Bjornstad

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Jennifer Bjornstad is the Translation Program Assistant for the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She coordinates and performs overall administrative support for the Translation Program.
Cinzia Blum

Cinzia Blum, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, French and Italian
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Cinzia teaches courses in Italian language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include futurism, modernism, and contemporary Italian women writers. Her work as a translator includes Contemporary Italian Women Poets: A Bilingual Anthology (with L. Trubowitz), Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasion and Rhetoric (with R. Valentino and D. Depew), and Susanna Tamaro's novel Anima Mundi. She is the author of Rewriting the Journey in Italian Literature: Figures of Subjectivity in Progress and The Other Modernism: F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist Fiction of Power, and she edited Futurism and the Avant-Garde (spec. issue of South Central Review).
 

Claire Breger-Belsky

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Claire Breger-Belsky graduated from Stanford University in Spring 2020 with a BA in theater and performance studies—their undergraduate thesis focused on Yiddish theatre—and a minor in translation studies. They currently translate from Spanish and hope to eventually work in Yiddish and Ladino as well.
Roxanna Curto

Roxanna Curto, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, French and Italian
Roxanna is a specialist in 20th-century French and Francophone literature and culture; postcolonial and literary theory; Latin American theatre; and comparative Caribbean studies. Her book, Inter-tech(s): Colonialism and the Question of Technology in Francophone Literature examines the representation of modern technologies in the works of Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean. She has also published articles exploring connections between Aimé Césaire and Latin American literature, and on technology in 20th-Century French poetry.
 

Reid Dempsey

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Paul Dilley

Paul Dilley, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
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Paul is an assistant professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions with a joint appointment in Classics and Religious Studies; his specialty is the religions of Late Antiquity, with a focus on early Christianity. Paul's research explores a substantial variety of writings in Greek, Latin, Coptic, Syriac and middle Iranian languages, including the dynamics of cultural interaction and literary translation: the question of “world literature” as it relates to Late Antique Eurasia. He is also a Digital Humanist with interests in collaborative translation and online publication. As an undergraduate, he was a poetry editor for the Harvard Advocate.
 

Eylul Doganay

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
Natasa Durovicova

Nataša Ďurovičová

Title/Position
Acad/Sci Writer/Editor
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Natasa grew up in Czechoslovakia and Sweden. She has studied at the University of Lund,  University of California at Santa Barbara and at UCLA. She divides her time between editing, teaching, scholarly work, and translating. Her courses include the IWP Translation Workshop, Translation and Globalization, and Translation and Media. She edits the IWP's digital humanities project, Walt Whitman--Song of Myself, that brings together translations of the poem across world languages. With Kathleen Newman, she co-edited World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives.
Eirill Falck

Eirill Falck

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
Denise Filios

Denise Filios, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
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Denise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is the author of Performing Women in the Middle Ages: Sex, Gender, and the Iberian Lyric, which includes poetry translated to English from Galician-Portuguese and Castilian. Her teaching and research interests include medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present. Her current book project examines stories about the conquest of Iberia in Arabic and Hispano-Latin historiography. Denise Filios coordinates the undergraduate minor in Translation for Global Literacy.
Brian Gollnick

Brian Gollnick, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
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Brian teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and is involved with cultural theory and Comparative Literature. His research has focused on Latin American cultural studies, particularly modern Mexico, with an emphasis on social and literary theory. He is the author of Redefining the Lacandón: Subaltern Representations in the Rain Forest of Chiapas (University of Arizona Press), a study of how indigenous populations in the jungle of southern Mexico have been depicted in a variety of media since the time of the conquest. Brian Gollnick teaches the literary translation workshop in Spanish.
Sabine Golz

Sabine Gölz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, German
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Sabine I. Gölz is the author of The Split Scene of Reading: Nietzsche/Derrida/Kafka/Bachmann, numerous articles that have appeared in PMLA, New German Critique, Germanic Review, Substance, Public Culture, Benjamin Studien, and edited volumes. Her advanced and graduate courses have focused on Fyodor Dostoevsky, Søren Kierkegaard, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Ingeborg Bachmann, and on topics such as “The Gender of Language” and “Geometries of Literary and Cultural Spaces.” Gölz also works in visual media. Her photographs have been exhibited in Russia, France, and the U.S, and several of her documentaries have won awards and screened at festivals in Europe and the US.
 

Abigail Haber

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Kendall Heitzman

Kendall Heitzman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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Kendall Heitzman’s research focuses on postwar Japanese literature and film, memory studies, and translation. He is working on a study of the “translational/transnational” Japanese poets who came to prominence in the 1960s. He has published translations of stories by Nakagami Nori in Cha and by Shibasaki Tomoka and Fujino Kaori, together with critical introductions, in the US-Japan Women’s Journal. He is the author of Enduring Postwar: Yasuoka Shōtarō and Literary Memory in Japan (Vanderbilt University Press, 2019). He teaches the Japanese-to-English translation workshop.
Adrienne K H Rose

Adrienne K. Ho Rose, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer, Comparative Literature, Literary Translation, and Classics
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Adrienne is an interdisciplinary scholar, translator, and writer. Her academic work focuses primarily on Latin, Greek, and Classical Chinese languages and literatures with special emphasis on the poetics of retranslation, experimental, intersemiotic, multimodal translation practices, east-west cross-cultural literary studies, translation and humanitarian crises, and world literatures. She is also interested in book arts and the intersections of material culture and reading. From time to time, she writes a column on translation, poetry, and classics for the Society for Classical Studies’ blog.
 

Claretta Holsey

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is an MFA Literary Translation candidate at the University of Iowa and Production Editor at Copper Canyon Press.
 

Mirgul Isherwood

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
Mirgul Kali translates from her native Kazakh. Her translations of short stories by classic and contemporary Kazakh authors appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Exchanges, The Massachusetts Review, and other publications. She is a recipient of the 2018-2019 American Literary Translators Association's Emerging Translator Mentorship and co-founder of Turkoslavia, a collective of translators working from Turkic and Slavic languages.
 

Michel Laronde, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus, French and Italian
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Wes Love

Wes Love

Title/Position
Student Engagement Coordinator
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Anna Magavern

Anna Magavern

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Anna Magavern graduated from Brown University with a BA with Honors in Comparative Literature, spending a semester studying literature at Université Paris 8. She translates poetry and prose from French. Currently, she is particularly interested in works associated with Surrealism.
Waltraud Maierhofer

Waltraud Maierhofer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, German
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Waltraud is professor of German and teaches courses on German literature and culture. She has authored Hexen  – Huren – Heldenweiber. Bilder des Weiblichen in Erzähltexten über den Dreißigjährigen Krieg, which examines the representation of women and femininity in a wide range of narrative texts from the seventeenth century to the present that retell the Thirty Years War. Maierhofer also coedited Women Against Napoleon: Historical and Fictional Responses. Out of her interest in the connections of literature and art, Maierhofer has completed critical editions of letters by the painter Angelica Kauffmann, a travel book on Florence by Adele Schopenhauer, as well as a bilingual edition of the opera libretto Circe with the translation by Goethe and Christian August Vulpius.
Ana Merino

Ana Merino, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
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Ana directs the MFA program in Spanish Creative Writing. She has published seven books of poems including Preparativos para un viaje(winner of the Adonais Prize in 1994), Juegos de niños (winner of the Fray Luis de León Prize in 2003), Compañera de celda (2006), and Curación (Accésit Jaime Gil de Biedma Prize, 2010). Her poems appeared in over twenty anthologies, and have been translated into Portuguese, English,  German, Slovenian, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, and Italian. Merino has written criticism on comics and graphic novels. including El cómichispánico, and a monograph on Chris Ware. Merino is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Cartoon Studies and has curated four comic book expositions.
Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, International Writing Program
Professor
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Christopher works across genres with books that include four collections of poetry; translations of the poetry of the Slovenian Aleš Debeljak; several edited volumes; and books of nonfiction, including Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He has held a professorship at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.
Jenna Miller

Jenna Miller

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Thomas Mira y Lopez

Thomas Mira y Lopez

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Thomas Mira y Lopez is the author of The Book of Resting Places (Counterpoint Press, 2017). He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and is an editor of Territory, a literary project about maps, as well as a fiction editor at DIAGRAM. He translates from Brazilian Portuguese and is originally from New York.