Faculty and Staff


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Dr. Lesley Pleasant

Associate Professor/German

Olmsted Hall, Room 355

Lesley C. Pleasant received her BA in German Studies from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD in German Literature from the University of Virginia. She teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture, as well as International Film, First Year Seminar, and the senior capstone course for language majors. Her research interests include 19th - 21st century German theater/drama (Büchner, Heiner Müller, Franz Castorf), the divided Germany (Sarah Kirsch, Christa Wolf, Wende texts and films), film (especially diasporic cinema), the image of the US in German literature and film, as well as Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities.


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Dr. Lorena Andueza

Associate Professor/Spanish

Olmsted Hall, Room 360

P. Lorena Andueza has a PhD and a MA degree in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic philology in University of Deusto (Spain) and a master’s degree from the University of Antonio Nebrija (Spain) in teaching Spanish as a second language. Her research centers on Hispanic Pragmatics, Semantics, and Syntax. She teaches Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics courses in the foreign languages department, and courses in Language Acquisition and Methodology in the department of education.
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Dr. Severine Bates

Assistant Professor/French

Olmsted Hall, Room 358

Dr. Séverine Bates, a native of Martinique, specializes in contemporary French and Francophone literature. She received her MA and Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also earned a Licence in History and a Maîtrise in Ancient History from l’Université Paul Valéry -Montpellier III (France). She has taught a wide variety of classes at several institutions, including French language (all levels) as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures (advanced level). Her research focuses on the interconnections between immigration, popular media culture, tele-technology, and identity politics in Francophone immigrant literature. She has presented at several conferences including the Conseil International d’Études Francophones (CIEF) and the 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Other research and teaching interests include Francophone Caribbean and African literatures, cultures and film, 20th-century French novel, Beur literature, discourses on race and national identity in France, French media representation of minorities, intermediality studies, and cultural studies.

Aside from teaching and doing research, Dr. Bates enjoys watching Sci-fi movies, walking, travelling with her family, dancing, drawing and cooking.
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Mrs. Cindy Crowe

Assistant Professor/Spanish

Olmsted Hall, Room 357

A native of Evansville, Cindy Crowe earned both her BA and her MA from UE. She previously taught English at a state business college in Mexico and worked as a Spanish and English language trainer for global businesses. Since 2005, she has taught Spanish at UE. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Sigma Iota, and Sigma Delta Pi. In the community, she is a member of the Newburgh History Club, an officer on the board of a local nonprofit, president of the board at Trinity Anglican Church, special events chairperson on Rose Hill Cemetery’s Board of Directors, and the local coordinator for the national Wreaths Across America project to honor veterans.
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Dr. Edward Curran

Assistant Professor/Spanish


Edward Curran received his PhD in Hispanic Literature from the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. His teaching and research interests include: twentieth-century Spanish literature, photography, film, monuments, material culture, as well as photography theory and visual studies. In addition to teaching language, literature, and culture courses, he was actively involved with Cornell’s writing program not only as a seminar instructor for undergraduates, but also as a co-facilitator who trained graduate students to develop their own first year seminars or incorporate writing pedagogy in their discussion sections of lecture courses. He was awarded the Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship from the Knight Institute for devising an object-based writing seminar at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art, which culminated in a student-curated photography exhibition of works from the collection. As a result of this collaboration, he received the James Slevin Prize for developing a series of assignment sequences which culminated in students writing interpretive object labels for the show.
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Dr. John Meredig

Assistant Professor/German & Russian

Olmsted Hall, Room 359

John Meredig received his PhD in Slavic Linguistics with a minor in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in 1997. He has masters degrees in Slavic Linguistics from Illinois and in Russian from Middlebury College. He holds a BS in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was later certified to teach high school German. His chief interests are historical/comparative linguistics and the evolution of language, and he has done numerous translations from Russian to English. Other major interests include ecology, birding, lepidoptery, and sylviculture.
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Dr. Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

Associate Professor/Spanish

Olmsted Hall, Room 353

Diana Rodríguez Quevedo received her PhD in Spanish – Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, she taught at the University of Toronto and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for one year. She has taught a wide variety of courses that include elementary to advanced Spanish, Latin American culture and civilization, Spanish conversation, business Spanish, and Latin America literature. Her research focuses on non-canonical texts of Latin America, such as testimonio narratives and songs. Her dissertation examined texts dealing with the phenomenon of forced internal displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries in Colombia.


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Mrs. Marisa Knox

Admin Asst/Foreign Lang, Phil & Religion, Arch & Art His

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Room 350, Olmsted Administration Hall