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Department Chair: Amy Tibbitts

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Daniel Youd, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature. Ph.D., Princeton University (East Asian Studies).

His teaching and research interests include Ming and Qing dynasty vernacular fiction, science fiction, utopian literature, drama, and intellectual history. He is responsible for teaching all levels of Chinese, classical Chinese and advanced literature courses in translation.

Office phone: 608-363-2081

Ying (Elaine) Yue, Adjunct Instructor of Chinese

Office phone: 608-363-2322


Michelle Bumatay, Assistant Professor. B.A. University of California, San Diego ;Michelle BumatayPh.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Bumatay teaches all levels of French and advanced literature and culture courses that focus on cultural production throughout the Francophone world including literature, graphic novels, and cinema. Her teaching and research interests include sub-Saharan African cultural production, diaspora and immigration studies, and trauma and genocide studies. Currently she is working on a manuscript about African Francophone graphic novels.

Office phone: 608-363-2297

Joseph Derosier, Visiting Assistant Professor of French



Edward Muston, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., M.A. Comparative Literature, Edward MustonPrinceton University; B.A. University of Toronto.

Professor Muston teaches all levels of German as well as topic courses on Germanic cultures. His teaching and research spans the Enlightenment to the present with emphasis on autobiography, critical theory, film, and media studies, minor and transnational literatures, as well as the influence of sport on German national identity. You may direct inquiries about Beloit College's German program to him by email.  

Office phone: 608-363-2611

K.ENGELSMAKornelia Engelsma, Visiting Instructor of German. B.A., Beloit College; M.A. German language and literature, UW-Madison.

A native of Austria, Konny teaches beginning and intermediate German, German Conversation and Composition, German civilization, and topical courses in German literature. Konny also holds a certificate in translation from the Words Language Services in Dublin, Ireland, (English into German) Specialty Areas: Short Documents, General Business, Marketing/Advertising/Tourism, Social/Political/EU, Legal, Technical, Scientific, Computer 

Office phone: 608-363-2320


Susan Furukawa

Susan Westhafer Furukawa, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature (Japanese) and Moaut Junior Professor of International Studies. Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University and M.A. in East Asian Studies, Stanford University.

Susan is responsible for teaching all levels of Japanese and advanced literature and culture courses in translation. Her teaching and research interests include early modern and modern Japanese history, national identity in 20th-century Japan, modern literature, gender, popular culture, and media studies. 

Office Phone: 608-363-2931


Akiko Ogino, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Japanese. M.S. in Cultural Foundation of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Akiko teaches courses in Japanese language for all levels. In her instruction, she adopts proficiency guidelines of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language. She is interested in integrating technology with her teaching.

Office Phone:608-363-2118


Olga A. OgurtsovaOlga A. Ogurtsova, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian. M.A., Romance and Germanic Languages, Kaliningrad State University; B.A., Romance and Germanic Languages, Kuban State University.

Professor Ogurtsova is a native of Krasnodar, Russia, and she teaches Russian Conversation and Composition, Russian civilization, and topical courses on Russian literature. She also coordinates the Russian program in Beloit College's Center for Language Studies.

Office phone: 608-363-2312

Donna OliverDonna Oliver, Professor of Russian and Martha Peterson Chair for Distinguished Faculty Service. Ph.D., M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University; B.A., Russian and International Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Oliver teaches Elementary and Intermediate Russian, Russian culture, topical courses in Russian literature, and Russian literature in translation. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century literature and literary culture. You may direct inquiries about Beloit College's Russian program to her by email.

Office phone: 608-363-2252


Gabriela Cerghedean, Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish.  Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.Gabriella Cerghedean

Professor Cerghedean teaches a variety of Spanish language, culture and literature courses.  Her research interests focus on Medieval Iberia. She is the author of Dreams in the Western Literary Tradition with Special Reference to Medieval Spain: A Method for Interpreting Oneiric Texts (E. Mellen Press, 2006), and has published book reviews, articles and electronic transcriptions of La Celestina (Barcelona 1525) and The Crónica Particular del Cid (1512).

Office phone:608-363-2086

Sylvia Lopez
Sylvia López, Harry C. Moore Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish). Ph.D. and M.A. University of Chicago; B.A. Connecticut College.

Professor López teaches all levels of Spanish. Her teaching and/or research interests include late 19th-21st-Century narrative, women's literature, and U.S.-Latino literatures and cultures. She has published in The Journal of Popular Fiction, Hispania, Romance Notes, and Chasqui. You may direct inquiries about Beloit College's Spanish program to her by email.

Office phone: 608-363-2253

 Amy Tibbitts
*Amy Tibbitts, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish. Ph.D. and M.A., University Oregon; B.A. Pacific Lutheran University.

Professor Tibbitts teaches all levels of Spanish. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary Peninsular literature as well as authority and dictatorship in Spanish cinema.

Office phone: 608-363-2080

Oswaldo Voysest
Oswaldo Voysest, Associate Professor of Spanish. Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley; B.A. University of Mass.-Boston.

Professor Voysest teaches all levels of Spanish. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Spanish-American literature. He is currently studying the works of the Peruvian writer Mercedes Cabello. 

Office Phone: 608-363-2321 


Thomas P. Freeman

Thomas P. Freeman, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures (German). B.A. Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D. Stanford University in German and the Humanities. Language Study at Columbia University and New York University (Yiddish), Dijon University (French), and Ulpan Akiva (Hebrew).

  • Teaching: Stanford, Columbia, New School for Social Research, SUNY-Brockport, Beloit College, University of Hamburg, University of Erfurt.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: German Academic Exchange Service (U. of Hamburg), 3 Fulbrights (Universities of Hamburg and Erfurt), 2 National Endowment for the Humanities (Cornell U. and UW Milwaukee Center for 20th Century Studies), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (University of Pittsburg), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation funded by the German government (U. of Hamburg.)
  • Publications: 2 books, Hans Henny Jahnn: Eine Biographie and The Case of Hans Henny Jahnn, and 30 articles on a wide range of topics in German literature, including Goethe, Hans Henny Jahnn, and Hubert Fichte, German- and Austrian-Jewish Literature (Arthur Schnitzler. Robert Schindel, Raphael Seligmann, Kurt Tucholsky, Stefan Zweig), Yiddish Literature (Sholem Asch), Holocaust Literature, Turkish-German Literature, and the Literature of Minorities in Germany. 

Jack D. Street

Jack D. Street, Emeritus Harry C. Moore Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (French). Ph.D., University of Iowa (French); M.A., Middlebury College (Italian); M.A., University of Alabama (French); B.A. and B.S., Jacksonville State University (French and English).

  • Teaching: University of Alabama, University of North Carolina, University of Iowa, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois; Beloit College (54 years).
  • Postdoctoral Award:  Fulbright, 1959
  • Publications: 3 books, The Italian Theater of the Grotesque: A New Theater for the Twentieth Century, An Anthology; Italian Theater of the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries: A Translation from Italian into English of Nine Crucial Plays; Italian Theatre 1950-2001, Six Volumes. Ten articles on various subjects in French and Italian language, literature and culture, published in reviews in the United States and Italy.
  • Honors:  Vice President of Phi Sigma Iota, International Society of Foreign Languages; awarded the rank of Chevalier in the Order of the French Academic Palms by the French government, 2016,”for services rendered to French culture.” 

Office phone: 608-363-2261

Stephanie Schliesmann, Academic Program CoordinatorStephanie Schliesmann
Modern Languages and Literature's Office, World Affairs Center 205A
Office phone: 608-363-2079