Faculty Accomplishments-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Accomplishments

The following excerpts come from the 2015 Annual Reports submitted by our faculty. It has been a pleasure for me to read about the wonderful work in research, teaching, curricular development, service to the profession, and so much more.

It is really impressive! I asked every faculty member to select one item: “please feel free to choose what YOU would like to share: maybe the mention of a new course you taught, a special initiative involving students, a grant or prize you were awarded, the citation for a publication, a conference presentation, etc., etc.” I am delighted and proud to share these accomplishments. - Susan G. Polansky, Spring 2016


Mariana Achugar edited a special issue of the journal Linguistics and Education on “Critical Language Awareness Approaches in the Americas: Theoretical Principles, Pedagogical Practices and Distribution of Intellectual Labor.”

Khaled Al Masaeed spent the year abroad in Jordan where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Second Language Acquisition, and directed the Arizona in Jordan Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan.

Stephen Brockmann published The Writers' State: Constructing East German Literature, 1945-1959, and he was elected to a second three-year term as President of the International Brecht Society.

Charlene Castellano taught a new course onThe Russian Fairy Tale in which narratives from oral and literary traditions and their expressions in music, painting, opera, ballet and film were explored through linguistic, psychological, sociological and feminist theories.

Kenya Dworkin taught a new course on The Russian Fairy Talein which narratives from oral and literary traditions and their expressions in music, painting, opera, ballet and film were explored through linguistic, psychological, sociological and feminist theories.

Gabriele Eichmanns published her textbookDeutschland im Zeitalter der Globalisierung (Germany in the Age of Globalization) in September 2015 with Yale University Press.

Felipe Gómez was invited to present his research on resistance, exclusion and marginality in recent Mexican graphic novels at the special interdisciplinary colloquium “Contramemoria y discurso marginal,” organized by the College of Humanities at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca (México).

Christian Hallstein wrote an invited review of a new biography about Johann Gottfried Herder for the German Studies journal Monatshefte and received word that two of his papers on Herder will be published by the International Herder Society in 2016.

Yasufumi Iwasaki received the 2014-2015 Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Christopher Jones coordinated new contributions to Language Online courses, including new tests in Chinese with Sue-mei Wu, new grammar components and learning objectives in French Online with Sophie Queuniet and Elena Marusak, updating of Spanish 2 Online with Therese Tardio, data analysis of French 1 Online with Bonnie Youngs, and work on conversion of all courses to tablet and phone-compatible formats with Marc Siskin.

Elisabeth Kaske published “Silver, Copper, Rice, and Debt: Monetary Policy and Office Selling in China during the Taiping Rebellion,” in Money in Asia (1200–1900): Small Currencies in Social and Political Contexts, edited by Jane Kate Leonard and Ulrich Theobald (Leiden: Brill, 2015, 343-395).

Keiko Koda delivered a keynote address, entitled “An Integrated Approach to Foreign Language Instruction and Assessment,” at the National Symposium on EFL Reading in Schools, in Beijing, China. 

Gang Liu designed and taught a new course, “Visions of China: Modern Chinese Society & Culture through Documentary Films and New Media,” which helped deepen students’ knowledge of Chinese society and culture.

Mame-Fatou Niang began the production of a documentary entitled “Mariannes Noires: The Making and Realities of Afro-French Identities.” This collaboration with CFA student Kaytie Nielsen is a critical piece in the study of national identity in a Post-Charlie Hebdo France.

Susan G. Polansky's co-authored article “Tutoring Modern Languages and Cultures through Service Learning: Flexibility with Growth in Multiple Ways” (with Carnegie Mellon graduates Amritha Mallikarjun, Jonghyun Thom, Laura Valcarce and Lin Zhu) appeared in the Spring 2015 ADFL Bulletin, 43.2. 

María Rosa Rodríguez was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study the Alhambra and Spain’s Islamic past during the summer of 2015 and completed her book manuscript, Aljamiado Legends: the Literature and Life of Crypto-Muslims in Imperial Spain, accepted for publication by Juan de la Cuesta Press. 

Candace Skibba's chapter “The Other Body: Psychiatric Disability and Pedro Almodóvar (1988-2011)” was published in the anthology Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Cinema.

Naoko Taguchi gave plenary talks at the Second Language Studies Graduate Symposium at Purdue University, the British Association of Applied Linguistics SIG conference in Edinburgh, and the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) in Atlanta.

Therese Tardio presented at a conference hosted by the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Cusco, Perú.

Dick Tucker in collaboration with Rick Donato and Heather Hendry, carried out a study and published the article “Developing Professional Identities in Applied Linguistics: From Doctoral Study to Professional Practice.”

Remi A. Van Compernolle's new book, Interaction and Second Language Development: A Vygotskian Perspective, was published by John Benjamins.

Seth Weiner co-authored the article “Do Syllable-Specific Tonal Probabilities Guide Lexical Access? Evidence from Mandarin, Shanghai and Cantonese Speakers” in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Michael West presented a paper at the Northeast Modern Languages Association annual meeting in Toronto entitled “Taming the Exotic: From the Parisian Expositions Coloniales to the Musée du Quai Branly.”

Sue-mei Wu received a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation grant to support her ethnographic research project “Weathering the Storm: Hand Puppet Theater and Taiwanese Opera amid Social Change in Taiwan.”​

Yoshihiro Yasuhara presented a paper, “Cosmopolitanism and Japanese Language Literature (Nihongo bungaku),” at the Global Asias Conference at Pennsylvania State University.

Bonnie Youngs and undergraduate co-authors Sarah Moss-Horwitz and Elizabeth Snyder received a favorable review of their 2015 paper “Educational Data Mining for Elementary French On-line: A Descriptive Study” in the CALICO monograph Researching Language Learner Interactions Online: From Social Media to MOOCs (Dixon and Thomas, Eds.).

Yueming Yu served as Editor-in-Chief of the open access online journal Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching (SCLT), which publishes quality papers from teaching and research professionals and students.