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Deparment of Languages and Literatures


About the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Mission Statement

This department has a three-fold mission: (1) to encourage and facilitate the study of languages, literatures and cultures of the world, the nation and the Commonwealth; (2) to represent international perspectives on academic endeavors and to contribute to the international presence at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and (3) to promote the integrity of our component academic fields and to support the vitality of each of the programs housed in the department. Exploiting the synergistic potential inherent in combining both national and transnational approaches in a single entity, the department advocates an inclusive and interdisciplinary scholarship that develops new models, both theoretical and pragmatic, for the study of languages, literatures and cultures.


William Moebius, Department Chair, Professor of Comparative Literature
Michael Papio, Associate Chair, Professor of Italian

Executive Committee, 2013-14

This committee is responsible for long-range planning in the department. The 2013-14 Executive Committee's members are:

Patrick Mensah (French and Italian), Chair
Luiz Amaral (Spanish and Portuguese)
Andrew Donson (German and Scandinavian Studies)
Jim Hicks (Comparative Literature)
Roberto Ludovico (French and Italian)
Stephen Miller (Asian Languages and Literatures)
Robert Rothstein (Slavic and East European Studies)
Robert Sullivan (German and Scandinavian Studies)
Maria Tymoczko (Comparative Literature)
Zhijun Wang (Asian Languages and Literatures)
Barbara Zecchi (Spanish and Portuguese)

Department Personnel Committee, 2013-14

The PC oversees actions related to LLC's faculty, including promotion and tenure. The current members are:

Stephen Miller (Asian Languages and Literatures), Chair
Luiz Amaral (Spanish and Portuguese)
Carole Cloutier (Spanish and Portuguese)
Ela Gezen (German and Scandinavian Studies)
Frank Hugus (German and Scandinavian Studies)
Kathryn Lachman (Comparative Literature)
Nancy Lamb (French and Italian)
Nicolina Lo Russo - Dillon (French and Italian)
Zhongwei Shen (Asian Languages and Literatures)
Maria Tymoczko (Comparative Literature)