New Faculty in Academic Year 2019-2020

CFLLC welcomes faculty with new and visiting positions in Arabic, Chinese, and French. You can check out the content courses they will be offering and learn about their teaching and research interests.

Eun Young Seong | Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

Eun Young Seong

  • JAPN 220 / ASST 220(S) Being Korean in Japan
  • JAPN 301(F) Upper-Intermediate Japanese
  • RLFR 208(F) JAPN 302(S) Upper-Intermediate Japanese
  • RLFR 302(S) JAPN 401(F) Advanced Japanese
  • JAPN 402(S) Advanced Japanese

My research interests are in the fields of theater and performance studies, postcolonial studies, and migration studies. I completed a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. in Area Studies at the University of Tokyo, and a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature at Korea University. My current research project examines transnational theater and performance engendered by cross-border interactions between Japanese and Korean immigrants in Japan, contextualizing the production processes in relation to Japanese and Korean historical events in the twentieth century. In addition to research and teaching, I am interested in developing ways to support transnational intellectual and cultural exchange among students in and beyond the classroom.


Nana Takeda | Visiting Lecturer in Japanese

Nana Takeda

  • JAPN 101 – 02 (F) CON Elementary Japanese
  • JAPN 101 – 03 (F) CON Elementary Japanese
  • JAPN 201 – 02 (F) CON Intermediate Japanese
  • JAPN 201 – 03 (F) CON Intermediate Japanese

Nana Takeda is currently completing her Ph.D. in Human Sciences at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Her teaching and research interests are Willingness to Communicate and she has paid special attention to how L2 learners keep motivated while learning a foreign language, within a hybrid course environment. With her long-term experience as vocal instructor in Japan, she has introduced acting, both verbally and bodily, expressions into the Japanese classroom, in order to convey the meaning of Japanese in various settings. She also has utilized updated, authentic materials from the Japanese media industry, as she has pertinent experience of editor, writer, and translator in Japanese fashion and lifestyle magazines.


Cecile Marie Amelie Tresfels | Assistant Professor of French

Cecile Marie Amelie Tresfels

  • RLFR 103(F) Intermediate Studies in French Language and Francophone Cultures
  • RLFR 104(S) Intermediate French II: Advanced Intermediate Studies in French
  • RLFR 208(F) Queens, Crusaders and Cannibals: Gender, Race and Religion in Medieval and Renaissance France
  • RLFR 302(S) Monsters of the Renaissance

Born and raised in Reunion island, a French oversea department in the Indian Ocean, I have studied French literature on both sides of the Atlantic, at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris and at Stanford where I completed my Ph.D. I study and teach early modern French literature, more specifically the interaction of gender, race and religion in 16th century France, in order to understand the history of contemporary systems of oppression. I foster a pedagogy of relevance, while developing tools to prevent anachronism and to understand the context of production of the works studied. I am also passionate about second language acquisition and strive to develop inclusive pedagogies in the French language classroom. As a white, able-bodied, cis-gender woman, I try to constantly reflect on my positionality and to use my privilege to foster societal change. In my dissertation, “The Fear Within: Apprehension in 16th century French Literature,” I studied the relationship between fear and knowledge in the Renaissance, tracing the evolution of the meaning of apprehension in the works of François Rabelais, Jean de Léry and Marguerite de Valois. I aimed to show that the cognitive/intellectual upheaval of this period of tremendous changes was accompanied by rising anxieties about knowing and learning, and that cognition and emotion are inseparable entities. In my next research project, “The Politics of Slut-Shaming in the French Wars of Religion,” I will focus more specifically on gender and sexuality in order to explore the history of the slut-shaming of powerful women in France.


Chen Wang | Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese

Chen Wang

  • CHIN 224 / COMP 219(F) Enlightenment, Revolution, and Modernity: Literature and Intellectual Culture of Modern China
  • CHIN 401 (F)Advanced Chinese
  • CHIN 402 (S)Advanced Chinese
  • CHIN 423 (F)A Century of Romance: Emotional Life in Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Culture

Chen Wang completed her PhD degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the summer of 2019. Her academic interests include but are not limited to translation studies, twentieth-century Chinese literature and popular culture, intellectual history, global diasporic literature, and urban studies. Her current research project works on the bilingual literary practice of ethnic Chinese writers in the Anglo-Chinese context between the 1930s and 1970s. The project examines how literature in non-native languages by Chinese authors has been a crucial but also contestable part in China’s experience of modernity. Chen has been teaching Chinese-language courses of multiple levels in Minnesota. She also has taught content courses on modern Chinese literature and culture. In her classes, she encourages students’ active participation, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary engagement.