Modern Languages Faculty

Professor Leona S. Martin holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include Spanish-American women authors and Hispanic culture in the United States. She also teaches a special course in Spanish for students planning to enter the service professions.

Professor Susan M. Schürer holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her specialties include German literature and film, Renaissance family history, and business German. She also has a special interest in Pennsylvania German life and letters.

Associate Professor Wanda Cordero-Ponce, department head, earned her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include second-language acquisition, teaching methodology, reading in a second/foreign language, Latinos in the United States and Spanish/French language and culture.

Associate Professor Amanda Meixell earned her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include medieval and golden age Spanish literature.

Associate Professor Lynn Palermo has a Ph.D. in French civilization from The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include French and Francophone literature and culture, especially the decorative and fine arts, architecture, literature and cultural politics since the Third Republic. She also teaches Business and Professional French.

Assistant Professor Marķa Cristina Saavedra holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. Her interests include Cuban and Cuban-American literary and cultural production, film, migration and exile, and theory on the intellectual.

Assistant Professor Daryl Rodgers holds a Ph.D. in Italian linguistics from the University of Illinois.

Visiting Assistant Professor C. Wakaba Futamura obtained her Ph. D. in French studies from Rice University. Her academic interests include French and Francophone literatures and cultures with a specific focus on North Africa (le Maghreb). She also pursues interdisciplinary research that incorporates women and gender studies and the visual arts.

Modern Language Fellows. A special feature of language study at Susquehanna is the opportunity for students to interact with visiting instructors from other countries. The Fellows teach introductory language classes, act as teaching assistants in upper-level courses, and join students in weekly language tables and club activities.