Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of a diverse and energetic group of professionals who are passionate about the language and culture they teach and are committed to fostering strong conversational skills in a second language. Department offerings are enhanced by the use of technological innovations and films. Our Spanish faculty have expertise in the areas of Peninsular Spanish and Spanish American literature.

Jose Alvarez-Fernandez

Chair, Department of Modern Languages; Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Idoia Martinez-del Mozo

Lecturer of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages
B.A., Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain); M.A., University of Illinois


Isa Orvieto

Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., University La Sapienza Rome, Italy


Mustapha Sami

Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages
Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A., University of South Florida; B.A., Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco


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Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

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Saints Spotlight: Ashlee Jeannot '17

While a student, Ashlee Jeannot '17 founded the S.T.A.R.T. program for first years students--a model she took with her after graduation to provide diversity and inclusion training beyond the college campus.

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Saints Spotlight: Shennah Derstine '17

Shennah didn't have to go far to find the right internship opportunity--the graphic design minor reported to Emmanuel's on-campus Marketing & Communications department, where she worked on a range of graphic design projects to promote College events and programs. 

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A Commitment to Service: Justin Prairie '05

Although half a world away in Pakistan, Justin Prairie '05 is never far from Emmanuel and Boston. A foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Justin currently works on political and military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Martin '17 Launches "Her Campus" at Emmanuel

Key ingredients to Samantha's success included courses that enhanced her knowledge of the field of communications; relationships with classmates, faculty and staff that influenced her personal and professional life; and leadership roles in a broad range of extracurricular activities.

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Saints Spotlight: Christina Ascolillo '17

While at Emmanuel, Christina took advantage of every networking opportunity that came her way, which led to an internship and then a full-time position at the Massachusetts State House.

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Location, Opportunity Driving Influences for McGrath '20

When Rachael was applying to college, she hadn't quite figured out what she wanted to study. There were several routes she could take on the path to her future, but deciding on one seemed impossible. It was then that she realized she needed to attend a school that could support all of her interests.

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