Special Announcement

Dear students of World Languages,

The department is closed but is addressing students’ inquiries via phone and via email. For matters pertaining to your particular language class please contact the coordinator of your language program listed on the side of this page. For general student questions email Paola.Ureni@csi.cuny.edu and  Graceann.Rispoli@csi.cuny.edu, or leave a message at 718-982-3700 and someone will respond to you in a timely manner during business hours.

Information about placement exams can be found at this page: Fast Track Placement Examination Page

For the tutoring schedule visit here.

We appreciate your patience during this transitional time.

Professor Ruth Calderon-GutierrezRemembering Professor Ruth Calderon-Gutierrez

Ruth Calderon-Gutierrez was a Spanish professor at CSI from 1965 until her retirement in 2010. When she retired, she was the longest-serving member of our department, and possibly in the College as a whole. She taught hundreds, if not thousands, of students in all levels of Spanish language, civilization, and literature. She specialized in pre-Hispanic civilizations and shared her love of indigenous cultures with her students and colleagues. Ruth also organized poetry-memorization competitions for students. Her colleagues will undoubtedly remember her office, which was packed with artwork and artifacts from Latin America and around the world. She was instrumental in hiring many of the current members of our department’s faculty. She was also a native French speaker, in addition to Spanish. Her family had fled France in 1941, after her father escaped from a Nazi internment camp outside of Paris and, with the help of the International Rescue Committee, emigrated to the United States. She had a remarkable life and she is missed.

World Languages and Literatures Department Overview

The Department of World Languages and Literatures prepares students to flourish in our diverse city and interconnected world. Students who have majored in Italian and Spanish have gone on to successful careers, and they have been accepted at top Schools and PhD programs. We encourage all students to minor in a second language. Language skills and cultural competence provide the leading edge in the job market and advance intellectual and personal growth.

What are some obtainable jobs with World Languages and Literatures degrees?

  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Export/Import
  • Manufacturing
  • Food Industry
  • Shipping
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Airlines
  • Banking
  • Diplomacy
  • Communications
  • Interpreting
  • Journalism
  • Telecommunications
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World Language and Literature News

World Languages and Literatures Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty

Belmonti, Valeria
Director of the Media Center
Building 2S, Room 114
Phone:  718.982.3711

DeJesus, Melvin
Assistant Director of the Media Center
Building 2S, Room 114
Phone:  718.982.3711

Rispoli, GraceAnn
Cuny Administrative Assistant
Building 2S, Room 109
Phone:  718.982.3700

Martucci, Karen
College Assistant
Building 2S, Room 109
Phone:  718.982.3700


Alessandra Zavaglia
Alexandria Pucciarelli Miller
Anna Carter
Antonio Martinez-Meraz
Armando Escobar Gomez
Benedetta Cutolo
Bianca Masilowsky
Colomba Varriano
Cynthia Soto-Santiago
Damian Lambert
Dani Venditti
Daniele Gori Mariottini
Filippo Fabbricatore
Gema Rodriguez Ibarra
Giuliana Ammavuta
Hager Abouelkhair
James Guido
Jeffrey Peer
Jennifer Smith
Jessica Wohlstetter
Jose Burbano
Juan Saborido
Katina White
Laura Cassarino
Lorena Paz Lopez
Luis Escamilla Frías
Mara Salvati
Maria Corona
Maria Rosanna Forlano
Marinetta Paone
Mohamed Badr
Mohamed Mashaal
Natalie Piccione
Oumar Toure
Paola Gambino Tranchina
Pauline Geudj
Raul Miranda
Roa Harizi
Sergio Alves
Solmaz Lee
Stephen Ogumah
Tinny Lai
Valbona Zylo-Watkins
Viana Vassallo
Xiaoling Dong
Yu-Tsui Lin
Yurien Ribot

Our Media Center, Honor Societies & Special Initiatives

English/World Languages and Literature Building
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contacts

Department Chair
Lucas Marchante-Aragon
Phone : 718.982.3700
Email Department Chair
Coordinator of American Sign Language
Russel Rosen
Phone : 718.982.3700
Email Coordinator of American Sign Language
Coordinator of Arabic
Sarah Pollack
Phone : 718.982.3702
Email Coordinator of Arabic
Coordinator of Chinese
Jean Tsui
Phone : 718.982.3709
Email Coordinator of Chinese
Coordinator of French
Jeanne-Rachel Leroux
Phone : 718.982.3883
Email Coordinator of French
Coordinator of Italian
Paola Ureni
Phone : 718.982.3707
Email Coordinator of Italian
Coordinator of Latin
Gerry Milligan
Phone : 718.982.3703
Email Coordinator of Latin
Coordinator of Spanish
Francisco Salgado-Robles
Phone : 718.982.3705
Email Coordinator of Spanish