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English and Foreign Languages Faculty and Staff

Dr. Laura Alonso-Gallo, PhD

Dr. Laura Alonso-Gallo, PhD

Professor of English
Department Chair of English and Foreign Languages
Email: lagallo@barry.edu

Laura P. Alonso-Gallo is Professor of English at Barry University. In 1997 she was appointed Professor of American Literature at the University of Huelva, Spain, where she served as Chair of the English Department (1997-2000) and Director of International Relations for the Universidad de Huelva. She has lectured on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. literature both in Spain and the United States. She taught at Duke University (1989-1991), the University of Sevilla, Spain (1991-1993), the UNC Chapel Hill Program in Seville, Spain, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami (2000) and Barry University (2004-2011). Renowned institutions have awarded her scholarships and grants, including Spain’s Ministry of Education, Dartmouth College through the Charles Dana Foundation, and the Salzburg Seminar.

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Blanca F. Alvarez, PhD

Blanca F. Alvarez, PhD

Associate Professor of French and Spanish
Email: balvarez@barry.edu

Blanca Alvarez is an Associate Professor of French and Spanish in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Barry University. She designed the curriculum for the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at Barry University, which she also teaches.

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Paige V. Banaji, PhD

Paige V. Banaji, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
Email: pbanaji@barry.edu

Dr. Paige V. Banaji is an Assistant Professor of English. Teaching primarily in First Year Writing, Dr. Banaji brings to her classrooms a background in composition pedagogy, rhetorical history and theory, and women’s rhetoric. In addition to composition, she has also taught courses in rhetorical theory and discourse, digital media composing, and business writing.

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Bradley Bowers, PhD

Bradley Bowers, PhD

Professor of English
Email: bbowers@barry.edu

Dr. Bradley Bowers teaches American literature and twentieth-century British and world literatures. His courses include the Honors Program core course “20th Century Literature and Culture,” the Humanities course “American Dreams,” and the English studies course “Hemingway.” He holds the PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, the American Academy in Rome, and American University of Rome. He has published on such topics as British and American Modernism, Italian Futurism, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf and edited an essay collection on The Da Vinci Code in the Academy.

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Lawrence Byrne, PhD

Lawrence Byrne, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Email: lbyrne@barry.edu

Lawrence Byrne is an Associate Professor who teaches courses in composition, 19th century British literature, critical theory, and film. He also teaches in Barry University's Honors Program. His most current scholarship is a translation of a short story by Marco Denevi. His great ambition is to play basketball for the Miami Heat.

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Evelyn Cartright, DPA

Evelyn Cartright, DPA

Assistant Professor of English
Director of Africana Studies
Email: ecartright@barry.edu

Dr. Cartright is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies. She teaches classes in English Literature, Caribbean Literature, and African American Literature. One of her articles was published by the Center for Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Journal of Haitian Studies. Several of her poems were published in an anthology entitled “Brassage.” She is the author of “The Relationship between Ethics and Ethnicity: An Examination of Moral Cognizance and Moral Decision Making.” One of her essays “Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: Haitian Massacre of 1937” was published in the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (MacMillan Reference USA 2013).

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Evelyn Cartright, DPA

Kathryn Comer, PhD

Director of First-Year Writing
Assistant Professor of English
Email: kcomer@barry.edu

Dr. Kathryn Comer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at Barry University. Her scholarship revolves around composition pedagogy, narrative rhetoric, and multimodal literacy, and her teaching balances critical theory and practical application. During her graduate work at OSU, she participated in the launch of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, a project that continues to inspire her; the co-authored “The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: A Survey” appears in Computers and Composition: An International Journal. She is a founding editor of Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, a digital journal about everyday rhetoric designed to bridge the gap between academic and public discourses; this work has led to publications in - “Something’s Fishy Here” - and about - "Language and Limitations: Toward a New Praxis of Public Intellectualism" in Global Academe: Engaging Intellectual Discourse - Harlot.

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Andrea Greenbaum, PhD

Andrea Greenbaum, PhD

Director of Professional Writing
Professor of English
Email: agreenbaum@barry.edu

Andrea Greenbaum is a Professor of English and administers the Professional Writing Specialization at Barry University. She has served on the editorial board of College Composition and Communication, Florida English, and Barry Magazine. She is the author of Judaic Perspectives in Rhetoric and Composition (Hampton Press, 2008), Jews of South Florida (University Press of New England, 2005), The Emancipatory Movements: The Rhetoric of Possibility (State University of New York Press, 2002), and Insurrections: Approaches to Resistance in Composition Studies (State University of New York Press, 2001). Her articles and reviews have appeared in Humor: The International Journal of Humor, American Studies, Composition Studies, Writing on the Edge, JAC, The Journal of Men's Studies, Composition Forum, Studies in American Jewish Fiction, Teaching English in the Two-Year-College, Hypatia, Femspec, Film and History, American Jewish History, and the Journal of the Assembly of Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Burnt Bridge, and Sunscripts. She recently received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to teach graphic novel writing to Arab, Jewish, and Christian teenagers at Beit HaGefen.

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Ligia A. Mihut, PhD

Ligia A. Mihut, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
Multilingual Writing Coordinator
Email: lmihut@barry.edu

Dr. Ligia A. Mihut (pronounced Mee-HOOTZ) is Assistant Professor of English and the multilingual writing coordinator at Barry University. Her areas of interest include immigrant/global literacies, writing for social justice, and multilingualism. Due to her two-year ethnographic study of immigrant literacies in the city of Chicago, she finds research fascinating especially when working with people, telling stories, and living in the city. Dr. Mihut hopes to inspire in her students a genuine passion for writing and research.

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Ellen Lismore Leeder, PhD

Ellen Lismore Leeder, PhD

Professor Emerita of Spanish
Email: eleeder@barry.edu

Born in La Habana, Cuba, Ellen Leeder came to the United States in 1959. She received her Ed.D. from the University of La Habana, Cuba and her MA and PhD in Spanish from the University of Miami, Florida. She has taught Spanish and English at schools in Cuba and Spanish at colleges and universities in Miami, Florida. She has also taught at Summer Programs Abroad in Madrid, Spain. Her research and publications interest is in Contemporary Spanish and Cuban literature.

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M. Margarita Nodarse, PhD

M. Margarita Nodarse, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Email: mnodarse@barry.edu

M. Margarita Nodarse is an Associate Professor of Spanish. She was born in Santiago de Cuba, grew up in Puerto Rico, and eventually moved to Florida to pursue her education.

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Lillian Schanfield, PhD

Lillian Schanfield, PhD

Professor of English
Email: lschanfield@barry.edu

Lillian Schanfield is a Professor of English at Barry University. She has served on the national board of Sigma Tau Delta (The International English Honor Society) and has been the faculty sponsor of the Barry chapter since its installation at the University. As faculty sponsor, she mentors student conventioneers and guides the chapter's involvement in various literary projects, among them an annual creative writing contest and publication of the literary journal, What Oft Was Thought. Dr. Schanfield helped to develop the Women's Studies Certificate Program as well as the Study Abroad Program at the University. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award and the Sr. Jeanne O'Laughlin Scholar Award.

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Chrissie  Chiarella

Chrissie Chiarella

Administrative Assistant III
Email: cchiarella@barry.edu

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