Esther Claudio Moreno

Published: April 2, 2018

Graduate Student, Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA Esther Claudio Moreno is a PhD student at the Spanish and Portuguese Department of UCLA. She graduated in English from Universidad de Alcala (Spain) and has taught English as a foreign language for nearly ten years. She has studied at University of Manchester and received her Master in Teaching…

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Kayli Weatherford

Published: March 16, 2018

Professor, English, SMC Kayli is a full-time professor in the English Department at Santa Monica College, where she has taught for the past 10 years. She received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA, and her M.A. in English from Boston College.

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Eleni Hioureas

Published: March 16, 2018

Professor & Assistant Chair, English, SMC Eleni Hioureas is an English literature and composition professor and the Assistant Chair of the English Department at Santa Monica College.  She is also the faculty coordinator of the Basic Skills Writing Lab and leader of the Basic Skills English program there, specializing in teaching composition to educationally underrepresented students.  In…

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Aino Rinhaug

Published: March 16, 2018

Lecturer, Scandinavian Section, UCLA  Aino Rinhaug has a PhD in Portuguese literature from the University of Oslo. Her broad research interests are in the area of languages and literature, as well as cultural studies. Before starting her work at UCLA, she has worked as a research fellow in Norway, the UK, Portugal, and France. She is a lecturer…

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Olga Ivanova

Published: February 5, 2018

Lecturer, Linguistics, UCLA Olga Ivanova is a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she teaches courses on Swahili language and socio-cultural linguistics. She studied African languages and cultures at the St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and the University of Hamburg (Germany), and conducted an extensive fieldwork in Tanzania….

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Elliott Piros

Published: January 31, 2018

Graduate Student, Classics, UCLA Elliott Piros is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at UCLA. He is currently completing a dissertation on the Hispano-Roman poet Martial, a prolific writer of epigrams, and Roman consumer culture in the first and second centuries CE. Other research interests include the Imperial Roman economy, especially resource and…

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Gina Lorenz

Published: January 17, 2018

Graduate Student, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA Gina Lorenz is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of French and Francophone Studies. Her dissertation project, titled “Humanizing the Clash: Cultures of Connection in the Medieval Mediterranean,” examines interfaith human networks in French and Arabic travel narratives written during the Crusades.

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Carleen Velez

Published: January 17, 2018

Lecturer, Writing Programs, UCLA Carleen Curley Velez holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, both from UCLA.  She specializes in teaching writing and communication skills to international graduate students.  When not teaching, she is supervising graduate teaching assistants for various ESL courses.  

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Asako H. Takakura

Published: January 7, 2018

Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA Asako H. Takakura has taught Japanese language courses at UCLA since 2001. She has taught all the levels of language courses for elementary, intermediate, advanced and heritage language learners. Her main research interests include the development of web-based language evaluation systems, effective language education for heritage language learners, and…

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Sung-Ock Sohn

Published: December 18, 2017

Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA Her research area includes discourse-functional linguistics in Korean, and second language acquisition. She is the author/co-author of seven books including Integrated Korean (University of Hawaii Press) and A Resource for Korean Grammar Instruction (University of Hawaii Press).    

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