Faculty & Staff

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers you excellent and innovative educational opportunities to learn an additional language and culture that make you think beyond your zip code, the border, and the continent. By gaining a solid understanding of the nature of language and its intimate relationship with culture, as well as achieving a high level of linguistic proficiency, you will also be ready for advanced studies or job opportunities using the target language.

Location: King Hall D 1054
Phone:(323) 343-4230
Fax: (323) 343-4234
Office Hours:
     Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Department Staff

Administrative Support Coordinator, Tracy Gamble



Professor Qingyun Wu

Assistant Professor Hsin-fu Chiu


Professor, Department Chair, Gretchen Angelo

  • email: [email protected]
  • Office: KH D1054 (Department Chair's office)
  • Phone: 323.343.4230


Professor, Department Associate Chair, Namhee Lee


Professor Chisato Koike

Professor Toshiko Yokota


Professor Gastón A. Alzate

Professor, Graduate Advisor, Pablo Baler

Assistant Professor Marina Cuzovic Severn

Professor Paola Marin

Professor Elena Retzer

Professor Alejandro Solomianski

Spanish M.A. Program Advisement

1st week: walk-in basis; first come, first serve

2nd-15th week: by appointments only

Please schedule your appointment in KH D1054 to meet with the advisers.

Dr. Pablo Baler                 [email protected]        KH D1054     (323) 343-4230

Dr. Gretchen Angelo       [email protected]     KH D1054     (323) 343-4230

Language Program Coordinators

Chinese    Dr. Hsin-fu Chiu           [email protected]       KH A3039     (323) 343-4245

French      Dr. Gretchen Angelo   [email protected]   KH D1054     (323) 343-4230

Japanese  Dr. Chisato Koike      [email protected]        KH A3054     (323) 343-4237

Korean      Dr. Namhee Lee          [email protected]         KH A3032     (323) 343-4244

Spanish     See Department Chair