Modern Languages welcomes three new faculty members

Dr. Fanta holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan (2008). Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of contemporary Latin American cultural studies, literature, and film. Her forthcoming book Residuos de la violencia: producción cultural colombiana en el fin de siglo investigates the role of the state and of political violence in contemporary Colombian literature, film, and art. Currently she is working on a book manuscript that examines violence as a subject in relation to representations of the Spanish Civil War, Mexico in 1968, the Falklands/Malvinas War, and most recently, the “War on Drugs” (Mexico, Central America, Colombia). Dr. Gavioli received his PhD. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2011. His research and teaching interests are in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Brazilian and Portuguese literatures, the Latin American novel, Brazilian cinema, and Translation Studies. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the coming-of-age novel in Brazil. His scholarly work includes essays on Brazilian writers (Machado de Assis, Aluísio Azevedo, Adolfo Caminha, Raul Pompéia, Vinicius de Moraes) and Portuguese writers (Fernando Pessoa, António Lobo Antunes). Dr. He received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Florida in 2010. Before joining the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University, she taught Chinese at the University of Florida (UF), University of South Florida (USF), Columbia in Beijing Summer Program, University of Victoria in Canada, and Tsinghua University in China. She also served as Onsite Supervisor for the UF in Beijing program and Assistant Director for the USF in Shandong program in the summer of 2010.