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Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter Profile
Professor of French
Director of Cross Cultural Studies
Scott Carpenter (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) teaches courses on the representation of “otherness,” nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry, the aesthetics of falseness, and literary theory. He has published extensively (sometimes with students) on such authors as Charles Baudelaire, George Sand, Honoré de Balzac, and Prosper Mérimée. In addition to Acts of Fiction (on political representations in nineteenth-century literature) and Reading Lessons (an introduction to literary theory), he has co-edited an intermediate French reader, and he participates in an electronic dictionary project. His current research focuses on frauds, hoaxes and counterfeits in the nineteenth century.


Mary Tatge
Mary Tatge Profile
Administrative Assistant in German and Russian
Administrative Assistant in Spanish
Administrative Assistant in French

Other Faculty Involved in Cross Cultural Studies

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Kathryn Sparling Profile
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Japanese
Off Campus: Spring 2015

Stanford, B.A.; Ochanomizu, M.A.; Harvard, Ph.D.; Japanese language and literature, especially modern fiction, with particular emphasis on Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Shimao Toshio, and Kono Taeko. Mishima Yukio, The Way of the Samurai (1977). Translator, The Sting of Death and Other Stories by Shimao Toshio (1985); co-author, Women in Japanese Society: An Annotated Bibliography (1992). Special interest in Cross Cultural Theory and Women & Gender Studies.

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Roger Jackson Profile
John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion

Professor of Religion Wesleyan, B.A.; University of Wisconsin (Madison), M.A., Ph.D.; the religions of South Asia, Indian Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan ritual and meditative practices, Asian religious poetry, mysticism. Co-author, The Wheel of Time: Kalachakra in Context (1985); author, Is Enlightenment Possible? (1993); co-editor, Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre (1996), Buddhist Theology (2000).

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Qiguang Zhao Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Spring 2015

Tianjin Normal University, B.A.; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), M.A.; University of Massachusetts (Amherst), M.A., Ph.D.; Chinese language and literature, especially comparative study of Chinese, English, and American fiction. Translator and editor, Selected Works of Joseph Conrad (in Chinese, 1985); translator, The Shadow Line (in Chinese, 1997). Author, Strangers in Strange Lands (in Chinese, 1991); A Study of Dragons, East and West (1992); Hearing Rain from a Passing Boat (in Chinese, 2000).

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Eva Posfay Profile
Chair of French and Francophone Studies
Director of French and Francophone Studies
Professor of French

(Princeton University, PhD), teaches on the French Classical tradition, French and Swiss Francophone cultures, and global journeys of self-discovery.  Her publications include work on seventeenth-century women writers such as Madame de Lafayette and Mademoiselle de Montpensier, as well as on intercultural theory and practice.  Born in Venezuela of Hungarian parents, and a so-called “global nomad,” she has also been active in the cross-cultural studies program.  Her current research focuses on bilingualism and multilingualism in literature, Swiss Francophone identity, and intercultural studies.  In 2007-2011 she served as Associate Dean of the College.

Director of Cross Cultural Studies
Sigi Leonhard Profile
Professor of German
Off Campus: Spring 2015

Associate Professor; Université de Nantes, licence en lettres modernes et philosophie; Stanford, M.A., Ph.D. Goethezeit, History of Ideas, Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries, Postwar German Literature,TheGerman Bildungsroman, German Film.

Arjendu Pattanayak, professor of physics
Arjendu Pattanayak Profile
Professor of Physics

Arjendu is a theorist studying chaos and quantum chaos, particularly issues in decoherence and entropy dynamics. He is deeply interested in the integration of research with education.

Stephanie Cox Profile
Lecturer in French
Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Off Campus: Spring 2016
Clifford Clark Profile
Professor of History and M.A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2015