Faculty

Cornelius Kubler, Professor of Asian Studies

Professor Kubler is the Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams–and speaks twelve languages.

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Christopher Nugent, Assistant Professor of Chinese

Christopher Nugent, Assistant Professor of Chinese, specializes in the dissemination of oral poetry and in Tang Dynasty literature. He teaches a variety of courses, from Basic Written Chinese (CHIN121) to Crises and Critiques: The Literature and Intellectual History of Early 20th Century China. How did you become interested in Chinese and Asian culture? My interest

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Austin Okigbo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Visiting Assistant Professor Austin Okigbo specializes in church music, music in the African, African American, and African Diaspora religious experience, and music as a part of the experience of HIV/AIDS. He is currently leading a two-week trip with the college Chamber Choir to South Africa for its biennial international tour. What is ethnomusicology and how

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Katarzyna Pieprzak, Professor of Francophone Literature

Katarzyna Pieprzak, professor of French and Francophone literature, specializes in contemporary literature and art from North Africa.  Born in Poland, Pierprzak also lived in England, France, Morocco, and Canada before coming to the United States for her education.  In the 2012-2013 school year, she will teach a class on contemporary North African short stories, a

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Leyla Rouhi, Professor of Spanish

Leyla Rouhi is a John B. McCoy and John T. McCoy Professor of Romance Languages, and has taught at Williams since 1993. Her work focuses especially on the interplay between Western and Islamic intellectual thought in medieval Spanish literature, as well as on Cervantes and contemporary Persian fiction. What do you study? How did you

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Marketa Rulikova, Professor of Sociology

Marketa Rulikova is a visiting professor of sociology.   The Czech Republic native specializes in global migration and post-Communist eastern Europe.   What, specifically, is your field of study?  How does it relate to international issues? I am a sociologist.  I was just entering high school when the communist regime collapsed in my country.  The period

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W. Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music

Professor W. Anthony Sheppard has taught at Williams for fifteen years, is currently reading The Hobbit to his son, several American Girl doll books to his daughter, and would like to travel to Japan in the next 5-10 years.

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Janneke van de Stadt, Chair of the German and Russian Department

Janneke van de Stadt, Associate Professor of Russian and Chair of the German and Russian Department, grew up in three countries before coming to the United States for college.   A specialist in Isaac Babel, Biopoetics, and Guy de Maupassant, she has taught at Williams since 2001, and in 2012-2013, she will teach both Spanish

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Armando Vargas, Professor of Comparative Literature and Arabic

Armando Vargas, professor of Comparative Literature and Arabic, focuses on Arabic and Latin American literature.  During his time here, he has helped structure Williams’s new Arabic program and has served on the Latina/o studies program. In addition to Arabic language courses, he will teach a course on traditional Arabic literature and one on comparative Middle

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Brad Wells, Professor of Music

Brad Wells is a Professor of Music at Williams.  A composer as well as a singer and conductor, Wells directs the Williams Concert Choir and also works with Roomful of Teeth, a group that explores the choral music of cultures worldwide, including bel canto, Tuvan throat singing, and yodeling.   How did you become interested

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