University of Bucharest, Foreign Languages Department

English and Romanian Languages and Literatures:

Ph.D. 1984



  • Romanian language and culture
  • Foreign and heritage language pedagogy
  • Teaching materials development


Literary translations


  • A Balkan Tapestry: Women’s Stories from Southeastern Europe.

(Co-editor, contributing translator). (Forthcoming)

  • 2015. “Seven Romanian Poets” (Co-translator).

In: Cardinal Points Journal. Vol. 5. New York: StoSvet Press.

  • 2011. “The Hour Commute” by Gabriela Adamesteanu (Co-translator).

In: E. Schimmel (Ed.) Writing from Postcommunist Romania.

New York: Dalkey Archive Press.

  • 2006. Excerpt from ”A Day without a President” by Carmen Francesca Banciu

(Translator). The Third Shore. Evanston, IL: Northwestern Univ. Press.

  • 2001. “Poems by Mihai Ursachi.” (Co-translator).

Archipelago. Vol. 5, No. 3/200

  • 1996. The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania.

(Co-editor, co-translator). University of Pittsburgh Press.


Romanian language teaching


  • 2021. Beginner’s Romanian.


  • 2013. Self-monitored online activities for First-year Romanian,

Common Collaboration and Learning Environment, UCLA.


Language courses

  • Elementary Romanian: Romanian 101
  • Intensive Elementary Romanian (Summer Session A): Romanian 103
  • Second-year Romanian: Romanian 102
  • Advanced Language Tutorial Instruction in Romanian: Romanian 187


Content courses

  • Introduction to Romanian Civilization: Romanian 90
  • Survey of Romanian Literature: Romanian 152
  • Culture and Society in Central and Eastern Europe: C&EE ST 91
  • Women and Literature in Southeastern Europe: M120


Department-wide collaborative course

  • Fiat Lux seminar: Language, Identity & Power in Post-communist Eastern Europe (Lecture on “Language and Politics in post-1989 Romanian short fiction”)

Honors and Selected Presentations


Aug. 30, 2018 Romanian Cultural Merit (Cavalier Order) Decoration for Promoting the Teaching of Romanian Language, Literature and Civilization Abroad

Selected presentations

  • “Political Statements, Cultural Highlights, and Social Values in Romanian Language Textbooks for Foreigners.” 43rd Congress of the American-Romanian Academy of Letters and Sciences; UCLA, Los Angeles, November 16, 2019.
  • “Linguistic and Methodological Uses of Textbook Visuals.” AATSEEL Conference, Austin, TX, January 8, 2016.
  • “Language Textbook Writing: From Theory to Practice,” 6th UC Language Consortium Conference on SLA Theoretical & Pedagogical Perspectives, UC San Diego, April 21, 2012.
  • “East-West Encounters: Values in Conflict in Balkan Short Stories,” 35th Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 1, 2009.
  • “Online Teacher Training Manual,” Heritage Language Workshop, UCLA, May 1, 2005.
  • “A Needs Analysis of Romanian Heritage Speakers,” 6th International Conference, Center for Romanian Studies, Iasi, Romania, July 5-8, 2000.

Professional affiliations and services

  • Member, American-Romanian Academy of Letters and Sciences (ARA), USA
  • Member, Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), USA
  • Member, Societatea de Științe Filologice, Romania (1975-1990)


  • 1993-1994 Co-Chair, English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL
  • 1992-1993 Associate Chair, English as a Foreign Lang. Interest Section, TESOL


  • 1990s – reviewer of abstracts for English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL annual conferences
  • 1990s to present – Romanian proficiency tests for students in the UC system
  • 1974-1990 – Member, Foreign Languages Board, Ministry of Education, Romania