Welcome New Colleagues

This fall we welcome five new colleagues to the department, three in French and two in Spanish.

Our new French colleagues are:

Stève Levillain, lecturer. A French native, Stève completed his PhD at the University of Iowa this past spring. He wrote his dissertation on urban landscapes in French popular literature from the late nineteenth century until the present day, with particular focus on their changing inhabitants, from the French working classes to North African immigrants. Steve comes to WashU with extensive teaching experience and won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at Iowa in 2014.

Erik Nesse, lecturer. We managed to lure Erik away from the majestic Rocky Mountains after he completed his PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In his dissertation he studied how the theme of disappearance functions as a mode of being and a way of understanding contemporary experience in Francophone and French metropolitan novels. He too has wide-ranging teaching experience and won a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in the 2014-15 academic year.

Cassidy Thompson, lecturer. Cassidy is currently completing her dissertation at WashU under the tutelage of Julie Singer. With a focus on ecocriticism and animal studies, her dissertation research examines a variety of thirteenth-century texts in which the boundary between the human and the animal is blurred. Having trained with us, her teaching credentials are impeccable, and she won our Elizabeth Schreiber Teaching Award in 2016.

 In Spanish we welcome:

Miguel Valerio, post-doctoral teaching fellow. Miguel comes to us from The Ohio State University, where defended his dissertation this past summer. His research focuses on black religious confraternities and black participation in public festivals from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries on both sides of the Atlantic. He will spend the year teaching courses in both RLL and the Latin American Studies Program.

Mayela Zambrano, lecturer. Mayela is a PhD candidate in Hispanic linguistics at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research examines the linguistic characteristics of Latino communities in the United States. She comes to us having taught several levels of Spanish language up in Iowa City.

We feel lucky to have such talented and congenial new colleagues, whose research interests and teaching talent are enriching the life of our department.