New Faculty 2020-2021

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

Olia Kim | Assistant Professor of Russian

Olia Kim

  • RUSS 401 (F) RuNet: A History of the Russian Internet
  • RUSS 305 (F) Dostoevsky: The Riddle of the Self and the Other
  • RUSS 204 (S) To See the Past: Russian and Soviet Cinema on History
  • RUSS 152/252 (S) Continuing Russian II

I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century Russian and Eurasian film, literature and culture. My research interests include Russo-Soviet ethno-national cinemas, socialist modernity, and the imperial legacy in Russia and Eurasia. In my research and teaching, I aim to examine these issues in both local and global contexts, hoping that such understanding on the one hand would allow us to overcome the legacy of the Cold War dichotomies and on the other hand would open possibilities for comparative analysis of Russian and Eurasian culture with other parts of the world. From a theoretical perspective, my research focuses on the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and history in visual arts and on spatial history in cinema and literature.
Before coming to Williams, I studied and taught in three different cities (Tashkent, Seoul, Pittsburgh) and in three different languages (Russian, Korean, English). I earned my PhD in Film & Media Studies and Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh, where I also taught Russian literature, film, culture, and language.
In my spare time, I like learning Ebru paper marbling, cooking various ethnic cuisines (Uzbek, Korean, and Russian are among the favorites), and learning foreign languages (currently French and Uzbek).

Kaoruko Minamoto | Visiting Lecturer of Japanese

Kaoruko Minamoto

  • JAPN 101 (F) CON Elementary Japanese
  • JAPN 201 (F) CON Intermediate Japanese

Kaoruko was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She formerly worked as a Japanese instructor in Vancouver, Canada and Hangzhou, China where she gained experience teaching students with various backgrounds, including primary school students, secondary school students, and heritage-learners.
She recently completed her MA degree in Japanese Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her current research interest is in second language acquisition in adults. She is also fond of bringing the real world into the language classroom so that students gain global and cultural awareness along with the language competence.

Carlos Macías Prieto | Assistant Professor of Spanish

Carlos Macías Prieto
Fall 2020

  • RLSP 209 (F) Spanish For Heritage Speakers
  • RLSP 230 (F) Mexican Literature and Cultural Production

Spring 2021

  • RLSP 104 (S) Upper Intermediate Spanish
  • RLSP 300 (S) Survey of Colonial Latin American Literature from 1492 to the early 19th Century

Carlos received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley in 2020. Prior to his graduate studies at Berkeley, Carlos completed a master’s degree in American Studies from Purdue University. In his dissertation, “Seventeenth Century Nahua Poetics: Domingo Chimalpahin and the Cemanahuac Archive,” Carlos examines the writings of don Domingo de San Antón Muñón Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin, a Nahua intellectual who produced a large body of written texts in Nahuatl and Spanish in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Carlos’ study reframes Chimalpahin’s work as an indigenous intellectual project which safeguards the history of Cemanahuac—today’s central Mexico—and preserves for future generations of Nahuas and their descendants the possibility to reclaim their language, history, government institutions, and land. Carlos’ research interests include: Spanish American Literature and Historiography; Nahua intellectuals of the 16th and 17th Centuries; colonial and contemporary Nahuatl; Mexican Studies; Postcolonial Studies; and Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Literature. During his time at UC Berkeley Carlos taught Spanish Language courses (including Spanish for Heritage Learners), Introduction to the Analysis of Literature in Spanish and Chicana/o/x Literature as well as advanced courses in Colonial Latin American Literature. Carlos was born and partially raised in Nochistlán, Zacatecas, México, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Liya Zalaltdinova | Visiting Lecturer in Russian

Liya Zalaltdinova
Fall 2020

  • RUSS 251 (F) Continuing Russian I

Liya Zalaltdinova earned her Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY). Her research interests focus on Second Language Acquisition and pragmatic competence, in particular on modality as a reflection of pragmatic competence, development of pragmatic competence and strategies for teaching pragmatic competence.

Before joining Williams College, Liya taught English courses at the Kazan National Research Technical University in Russia, and Russian at Oberlin College (as a Fulbright TA) and at the University of Pittsburgh. During her five years at SUNY, Liya developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate content and language teaching methods courses for the TESOL program.

Liya is а passionate quilter and she has been a member of the Union of Arts of Tatarstan and of Russia between 2007 and 2011.