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Faculty & Staff

Program Coordinator and Staff

Bakirathi Mani

Associate Professor

English Literature


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8132
  2. Lang Performing Arts Center 307
  3. Office Hours: Fri 11-12:30 and by appointment
Bakiranthi Mani

Molly Lawrence

Administrative Assistant

Interdisciplinary Programs Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7750
  2. Trotter Hall 107

Bertha Saldierna

Administrative Assistant

Interdisciplinary Programs Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7674
  2. Trotter Hall 107

Program Committee

Farid Azfar

Associate Professor

On leave 2019-2020



  1. Phone: (610) 690-5765
  2. Trotter 212

Interests: Early Modern Europe, urban, sexuality

Professor Farid Azfar

James Blasina

Assistant Professor of Music


Music & Dance


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6003
  2. Lang Music Building 403

Sibelan Forrester

Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, Coordinator for Interpretation Theory


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8162
  2. Kohlberg 340

Interests: Russian and East European women writers; gender and sexuality in language and literature; Modernism; literary and scholarly translation and translation theory

Farha Ghannam

Professor of Anthropology, Chair

Sociology & Anthropology


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8104
  2. Kohlberg 240
  3. Office Hours:

    Tuesdays 2:45- 4:00pm 
    Wednesdays 10:30- Noon


Farha Ghannam

Alexandra Gueydan-Turek

Associate Professor of French

French and Francophone Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8309
  2. Kohlberg 311
  3. Office Hours:

    T/R 10:00-11:00 a.m., and by appointment at

Interests: Postcolonial Theory; Francophone Literature of the Maghreb and the Mashreq;  Comics and Graphic Novels in the Arab World; Local Publishing Markets in North Africa; (Neo)colonial representations; Representations of Islam in France.


Alexandra Gueydan-Turek

Gwynn Kessler

Associate Professor of Religion

Director of Beit Midrash

Programs Coordinator


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8467
  2. Pearson 208
Gwynn Kessler, Associate Professor of Religion

Tamsin Lorraine

Professor of Philosophy

On Leave Spring 2020


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8423
  2. Beardsley 211A
  3. F'19 Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 12:35-2:00, Weds 1:15-2:15 and by appointment

Interests: Phenemonology, Existentialism, Post-Structrualism, Feminist Theory

Tamsin Lorraine, Professor of Philosophy

Luciano Martínez

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Department of Spanish


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8016
  2. Kohlberg 343

Interests: Latin American Cultural Studies, LGBT studies and queer theory, Southern Cone and Brazilian literatures, Latin American cinema.

Photo of Luciano Martinez

Madalina Meirosu

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Languages & Literatures

Gender & Sexuality Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6491
  2. Parrish 209

Madalina Meirosu specializes in comparative approaches to nineteenth-century political and social thought in German literature.  She also has expertise in contemporary migration literature, the Medical Humanities, and Women and Gender Studies.  Her current research project explores the political undertones of nineteenth-century literature featuring artificial humanoids.

Patricia White

Eugene Lang Research Professor and Department Chair of Film & Media Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8148
  2. Kohlberg 111A, on leave Spring 2018
Patricia White

Affiliated Faculty

Sa'ed Atshan

Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Assistant Professor

Peace & Conflict Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 690-3979
  2. Trotter Hall 106
Sa'ed Atshan

Giovanna Di Chiro

Professor of Environmental Studies

On leave Spring 2020


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8345
  2. Parrish West 217

Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro teaches and researches the intersections of environmental science and policy, with a focus on social and economic disparities and human rights.

Joseph Derrick Nelson

Assistant Professor


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6493
  2. Pearson 109