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Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy & Classics

Dorian Lee Jackson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.B.A, M.A. University of Georgia
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

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GHH 110

Dorian Lee Jackson

Dorian Lee
Jackson
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.B.A, M.A. University of Georgia
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

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GHH 110

Dr. Dorian Lee Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages (Spanish and Portuguese).  His research interests include late twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian and Latin American fiction, examining the portrayal of crime and violence in narco-fiction. His recent doctoral dissertation, The Other Side: An alternative approach to narco-narratives of Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil, focuses on representations of non-traditional roles and locations of the drug trade as presented in Brazilian, Bolivian, and Colombian novels.  At Roger Williams University, he teaches Spanish and Portuguese language courses at all levels, in addition to courses on Latin American and Luso-Brazilian literature and culture. 

Yao Bian
Adjunct Professor
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Yao Bian

Yao
Bian
Adjunct Professor
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Nahoko Collis
Adjunct Professor
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Nahoko Collis

Nahoko
Collis
Adjunct Professor
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William Ayton
Adjunct Professor

D.M.A. Boston University
M.M.E. New England Conservatory
B.M.E. Shenandoah Conservatory

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Areas of Expertise: 
Music Theory & Composition, Music History, Non-Western Music and Culture

William Ayton

William
Ayton
Adjunct Professor

D.M.A. Boston University
M.M.E. New England Conservatory
B.M.E. Shenandoah Conservatory

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Areas of Expertise: 
Music Theory & Composition, Music History, Non-Western Music and Culture

Will Ayton was born in 1948 in Kansu province, China, of missionary parents. He received a BME from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, a MME from New England Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in Music Theory  and Composition from Boston University.  He has taught in public and private schools, and has been a professor of music at Roger Williams University since the late 1970’s.  At Roger Williams, Will is the Music Departmnt’s primary instructor for music theory and composition. He has also taught private lessons, courses in music history, and specializes in courses dealing with non-western culture and music.  Will’s performing  instrument is the viola da gamba and he currently performs with with  “The Greybeards” (a Baroque trio).  He is also a composer and has published music for a variety of musical media.

Min Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Foreign Language

B.A., M.A. Beijing University
Ph.D. University of Michigan

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GHH 114

Min Zhou

Min
Zhou
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Foreign Language

B.A., M.A. Beijing University
Ph.D. University of Michigan

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GHH 114
Michael B. Wright, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

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x3251
GHH 321

Michael B. Wright

Michael B.
Wright
Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

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x3251
GHH 321
Peter Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of Foreign Language

A.B. Princeton University
M.A., Ph.D. Brown University

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GHH 115

Peter Thompson

Peter
Thompson
Ph.D.
Professor of Foreign Language

A.B. Princeton University
M.A., Ph.D. Brown University

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Peter Thompson is a Professor in the department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Classics, and has also taught literary translation and translation theory at the Madrid Summer Seminars (University of New Orleans). He writes frequently about the Negritude movement, and his related anthologies, Négritude et nouveaux mondes (new edition 2014) and Littérature moderne du monde francophone are widely used in schools and colleges.

Recent books include The Angle of Incidence and Shades (poetry), along with Hearing Your Story, A Passenger From The West, Exile and Helplessness (translations of Nabile Farès), The Gates of the Sun (translation of Nassira Azzouz), The Belly (translation of Tchicaya u Tam’si,  Red Earth (translation of Véronique Tadjo).

Thompson was director of the Engaged Writers Series at University of New Orleans Press, and now edits Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation.

Dong-Hoon Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of ESL

B.S., M.A. University of Kansas
Ph.D. Ohio State University

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GHH 111

Dong-Hoon Lee

Dong-Hoon
Lee
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of ESL

B.S., M.A. University of Kansas
Ph.D. Ohio State University

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GHH 111
Jason Jacobs, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of General Education

B.A. New College of Florida
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

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GHH 310

Jason Jacobs

Jason
Jacobs
Ph.D.
Associate Dean of General Education

B.A. New College of Florida
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

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GHH 310

Dr. Jason Jacobs is Associate Dean of General Education and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages (French and Italian). His research interests include vernacular narrative poetry in Old French and Italian from the High and Late Middle Ages; epic studies; lyric poetry; premodern gender and sexuality; literary theory (especially psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and queer theory); and contemporary queer politics, representation, and theory. At Roger Williams University he has taught French and Italian language courses at all levels; French literature courses from the pre- and early-modern periods; and general education courses at both the freshman and senior levels. Part of the founding faculty of RWU’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Dr. Jacobs has also taught a capstone research seminar in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Publications:

“Raising Gays: On Glee, Queer Kids, and the Limits of the Family.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20.3 (2014).

Anthony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Department Chairman and Professor of Foreign Languages and Classics

B.A. University of Dallas
M.A., Ph.D. Brown University

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GHH 112

Anthony Hollingsworth

Anthony
Hollingsworth
Ph.D.
Department Chairman and Professor of Foreign Languages and Classics

B.A. University of Dallas
M.A., Ph.D. Brown University

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GHH 112

Anthony Hollingsworth is professor of classical and Germanic studies, department chairman and director of the university’s study abroad programs to Munich, Germany and Perugia, Italy.

Courses he teaches include:

  1. All levels of Latin, Greek, German & Italian
  2. Core 451: It’s All Greek to Us
  3. Philosophy 252: Medieval Philosophy
  4. History 320: Ancient History
  5. Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, & The Examined Life

Recent Publications include:

  1. Commentary to Cicero’s In Catilinam
  2. Variety of articles on first century Greco-Roman topics