Prof. Jacob-Ivan Eidt, PhD
Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor, German Program Director
Office: Anselm 108
Dr. Eidt has taught at the University of Dallas since fall 2006. He has been department
chair since 2009. His teaching and research interests include the literature of the
19th century, romantic music aesthetics, poetry, German Opera, and German film. He is
director of the German Program and a participating member of the Comparative Literary
Traditions faculty. Dr. Eidt has published articles on Rainer Maria Rilke, the intersections
of music and iterature in 19th century Germany, the films of Werner Herzog, as well as translations of German poetry. Dr.
Eidt is also on the board of trustees and programing committee of the Dallas Goethe
Center, which promotes German language and culture in the DFW area.
Prof. Laura M. Eidt, PhD
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
Co-director, Comparative Literary Traditions
Office: Anselm 103
Dr. Laura Eidt has taught in the German, Spanish, and Comparative Literature programs
at the University of Dallas since 2006, and is co-director of the Comparative Literary
Traditions Program. She is particularly interested in the interrelations of various
art forms, especially literature, the visual arts, and film. Having studied English,
Spanish, French, and Italian (in addition to her native German) at various points
in her life, she is also highly interested in how languages are learned, how they
are related, and effective ways of teaching foreign languages.
Prof. Valeria Forte
Affiliate Instructor of Italian
Italian Program Director
Office: Anselm 221
Valeria Forte, professor of Italian Language and Literature, has taught at the University
of Dallas since fall 2002. Her academic expertise combines two major areas of research:
literature and archaeology. Her fields of interest are Italian and Classic Literature,
Jewish Studies, and Mediterranean Archaeology.
Prof. Nicole Lasswell
Affiliate Instructor of Spanish
Office: Anselm 217
Nicole Lasswell is an affiliate instructor of Spanish and has taught at the University
of Dallas for 5 years. Not only is she an instructor here, shes also an alumni of
the university (03). It is her extensive knowledge of the UD experience, and her great
love for the university and its core curriculum, that brought her back to teach at
Prof. Stephen Maddux, PhD
Associate Professor of French
Director, French Program
Office: Carpenter Hall 207
Prof. Maria Perez-Bernardo, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: Anselm 104
Dr. Mara Luisa Perez-Bernardo has taught at the University of Dallas since 2003-2004.
Her principal interest and area of research lie in the field of 19th century Spanish literature, with special interest in realism and naturalism. More
precisely, her investigations center on Emilia Pardo Bazan's narratives, and the intersection
between literature and journalism in 19th century Spain. She has written several articles on Pardo Bazan, and has presented
various papers at different international conferences.
Professor Prez-Bernardo received her Ph.D in Spanish from The Catholic University
of America. She holds an A.B.D. in English Philology from University of Valladolid
(Spain), a M.A. in Spanish from West Virginia University, and a B.A. in English Philology
from University of Valladolid (Spain).
Prof. Irina Rodriguez
Affiliate Instructor of Spanish
Coordinator, Lower-division Spanish Program
Office: Anselm 215
Irina Rodriguez has taught Spanish at the University of Dallas since 2010. Fluent
in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese in addition to her native Russian and Ukrainian,
she is greatly interested in world literature. Irina has extensive experience working
in university-level teaching, international marketing and interpreting. She holds
a Masters degree in Philology and Foreign Languages and an M.S. in Journalism.
Prof. Amy Borja, PhD
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish
Coordinator, Upper-division Spanish program
Office: Anselm 105
Dr. Borja received a B.S. Ed. from Baylor University and an M.A. from the University
of Northern Iowa, with all course work completed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. As
a doctoral candidate, Dr. Borja received a Graduate Fellowship and multiple Kennedy
Fellowships for Golden Age Studies. Her dissertation studied the fifteenth century
Castilian novel, Crcel de Amor, using a structural thematic approach to analyze the texts political and metanarrative
content. Dr. Borja taught at the University of North Texas for three years before
joining the faculty at the University of Dallas in 2009.
Prof. Alexandra Wilhelmsen, PhD
Professor of Spanish
Adjunct Professor of History
Office: Anselm 106
Office: Anselm 112 Modern Languages/Classics