Faculty

Regular Faculty

Susan Grayson, Chair

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
A.B., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA; Ph.D., Wright Institute Los Angeles Attestation d’études, Université de Bordeaux
Grayson has taught the 18th- and 19th-century French novel, French feminism, women's studies, literary criticism, and French grammar and composition at all levels.
Professor Mariska Bolyanatz

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Gordon College, Massachusetts; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., UCLA
Mariška Bolyanatz Brown is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish. Read her Oxy Story profile.
Professor Hanan Elsayad

Hanan Elsayed

Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Montclair State University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University; Graduate Certificate in African Studies, Rutgers University
Hanan Elsayed teaches French and Arabic languages and literatures. Read her Oxy Story profile.
Professor Salvador Fernández

Salvador Fernández

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., UCLA
Salvador Fernández teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature and civilization, as well as Mexican and Chicano/a studies. His research areas of interest are the contemporary Mexican novel and Chicano/a studies.
Professor Viviana MacManus

Viviana MacManus

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Viviana Beatriz MacManus’s research and teaching focuses on Latin American and Latinx feminist theory, literature, film, and cultural studies.
Celia Martinez-Saez

Celia Martínez-Sáez

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., University of Alicante; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Celia Martínez-Sáez teaches courses on contemporary culture and literature from Spain, mass media, gender and sexuality, and film.  Her research interests include Spanish national identity in the...
Professor Arthur Saint Aubin

Arthur Saint-Aubin

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
While his earlier teaching and research centered on the Francophone literatures of the Caribbean and West Africa, Arthur Saint-Aubin currently teaches courses in the theory and practice of translation.
Professor Mike Shelton

Michael Shelton

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Michael Shelton is a linguist, specializing in phonology and psycholinguistics.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

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Lauren Brown

Visiting Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Alejandra Castellanos

Visiting Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Cal State University, Channel Islands, M.A., University of California, Irvine; P.h.D., University of California, Irvine (in progress)

Luz D. Forero

Specialist for Language Education; Visiting Instructor, Spanish & French Studies
B.A., Occidental College; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Alicia Gonzalez

Resident Senior Instructor, Spanish and French Studies
A.B., Stanford University; M.A., UCLA
Professor Gloria Orozco Allan

Gloria Orozco

Visiting Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Karina Rincon

Resident Instructor, Spanish and French Studies
A.B., Occidental College; M.A., UCLA

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Professor Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Spanish and French Studies; Emeritus (1984-2021)
(323) 259-2841

Robert Ellis teaches courses in Spanish and in modern Spanish literature and civilization.

Adelaida López

Professor, Spanish and French Studies, Emerita (1989-2020)

Adelaida López teaches the literature of magical realism (Borges, Cortázar, and Márquez) as well as women's literature of Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina. Her research interests include psychoanalysis.