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Concentration Directors

Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter Profile
Professor of French
Director of Cross Cultural Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2016
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.

Faculty Involved in Cross Cultural Studies

Stephanie Cox Profile
Lecturer in French
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Eva Posfay Profile
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.

Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Coordinator of East Asian Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2016
Clifford Clark Profile
Professor of History and M.A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2016
Stacy Beckwith
Stacy Beckwith Profile
Chair of Middle Eastern Languages
Director of Judaic Studies
Professor of Hebrew
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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).

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.


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