Study Away Faculty Advisors

The Office of Study Away values the academic leadership of committed faculty, and recognizes their essential role in the past, present and future growth of the College’s Study Away programs.​ Study away faculty advisory teams provide support and curricular collaboration, and work to sustain and improve our study away programs. The faculty advisory teams exist in order to provide input and guidance to the Office of Study Away and its program on-site directors in three main areas:  Curriculum, Advis​ing and Recruitment.

Trinity in Barcelona


Hebe Guardiola-Diaz​ 

​​Dr. Guardiola-Diaz conducts research at the intersection between chemistry and biology.  Her studies have focused on the molecular biology of the nervous system including biochemistry and molecular biology of nuclear receptors; regulation of gene expression in neural cells and expression of c​ytochrome P450s in the nervous system.  In addition, Dr. Guardiola-Diaz is interested in cytochrome P450 biodiversity and mechanism of azole inhibition of mycobacterial growth.  Dr. Guardiola-Diaz joined the Trinity faculty in 1998 and since then many beginning first-year students, sophomores, juniors and seniors have engaged with these topics in the laboratory and the classroom.​​

Thomas Harrington 

Thomas Harrington is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford where he teaches courses on 20th and 21st Century Spanish Cultural History, Literature and Film. His areas of research include modern Iberian nationalist movements, the history of Iberianism, Polysystems theory, Contemporary Catalonia, and the history of migration between the peninsular “periphery” (especially Catalonia, but also Galicia, Portugal and the Basque Country) and the societies of the Caribbean and the Southern Cone. He is a two-time Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (Barcelona Spain and Montevideo, Uruguay) who also has lived and worked in Madrid, Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela.  In addition to his work in Hispanic Studies, Harrington is a frequent commentator on political and cultural affairs in the US and abroad. 


David Souto 

David Souto Alcalde teaches early modern Hispanic literature, with a focus on the Spanish Baroque in a Transatlantic and Transpacific context, questions of political theory, poetics/aesthetics and ecology. He is completing Protorepublicanismo y Barroco. La revolución del ingenio, la caducidad y el anonimato, a book manuscript that explores the close relationship between Baroque aesthetics and a Protorepublican ideology by scrutinizing the political value of fundamental Baroque categories – inventiveness, mutability, anonymity – in several literary productions such as the picaresque genre, political treatises and treatises on wit, inventiveness and prudence, Luis de Góngora’s poetry and the byzantine novel. His current project explores the emergence of an ecological consciousness in the early modern Hispanic world from an early modern historical, philosophical and literary perspective. He is also a published fiction writer and has taught creative writing courses at the college level.

Before coming to Trinity College he taught courses on Early Modern Hispanic literature, Spanish language, Hispanic literature and culture, and creative writing at Wesleyan University, New York University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.​

Trinity in Buenos Aires

Aidali Aponte-Aviles 

Aidalí earned her first degree in Biology and began her graduate studies in Microbiology in her native Puerto Rico.  However, her true loves were, and still are, literature and comics. That is why she began her graduate career on Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.  She wrote a dissertation titled La reencarnación de los dioses: Mitopoesis en la narrativa de Horacio Quiroga y Adolfo Bioy Casares.  She is currently finishing her PhD studies at the University of Connecticut.  Her dissertation focuses on contemporary Chilean literature, graphic novels, film and art; and how memories of the dictatorship have shifted in the last decade.  She is also interested in humor, fantasy, sci-fi, video games and history. 

In her classroom, Aidalí enjoys working to enhance language learning through connections with games and culture while building up 21st century skills and the student’s awareness of their community.  ​

Rosario Hubert 

Rosario Hubert teaches Latin American Literature from the nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on Brazilian cultural history, travel writing, cultural geography and translation. She is working on a book manuscript entitled Disorientations. Latin American Fictions of East Asia, which discusses the epistemological and disciplinary problems of writing across cultural boundaries, and proposes a novel entryway into the study of East Asia and Latin America through the notions of cultural distance, fictional Sinology and critical exoticism. 

Before coming to Trinity, she taught Portuguese, Latin American Studies and Literature courses at Harvard University and Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). As someone educated in the liberal arts model, she values the invitation to think critically beyond one's field of specialty, so whether teaching literature, instructing a language or leading a tutorial, she presents concepts in terms of their social, political and linguistic significance. Her translations of Brazilian narrative (Clarice Lispector, Bernardo Carvalho, Nuno Ramos, Daniel Galera) and the more recent attempts into Chinese fiction (Eileen Chang) helped her develop an approach to world literature that sees linguistic diversity and translation as a fertile ground for comparison rather than a methodological obstacle. She has published and presented talks on the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz and Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and is preparing a future research project about the aesthetics of the inhospitable, particularly in relation to Antarctica and the Global South.​ 

Laura Holt 

What constitutes abnormal behavior? How do our family, friends, biological makeup, society, and culture impact the way we think and act? What treatments or interventions are most effective in preventing and/or ameliorating psychological problems? These are just a few of the issues Professor Holt explores with students in her courses and research.

Professor Holt received her B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. While at Trinity and Rutgers, she was involved in the design and evaluation of community-based prevention programming. At Rutgers, she obtained specialized training in addictions treatment and research. She continued her work in addictions and community research as a predoctoral fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine and as a postdoctoral resident with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Newington, CT.

As a graduate of Trinity, she strongly believes in the importance of a liberal arts education; she values the way in which this type of education fosters creative and critical thinking skills, encourages student-faculty collaboration, and provides students with opportunities for active learning both in the classroom and community. She views the surrounding Hartford area as an especially good setting in which students can explore their questions and curiosities, apply knowledge they have gained in the classroom, and make meaningful contributions to their community.​ 

James Trostle 

James Trostle came to Trinity after helping manage a large international health program at the Harvard Institute for International Development from 1988 to 1995, and working as a Five College Professor and Founding Director of the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science between 1995 and 1998 in Massachusetts.  From 2001-3 he was also Professor at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and in 2016 he was named a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Chile.  He has served for 13 years on various advisory groups for the World Health Organization.  His research interests are in epidemiology and global health, and he has been a coprincipal investigator on NIH and NSF-funded projects in coastal Ecuador since 2002.

Trostle's teaching often joins the classroom with a variety of Hartford communities and organizations.  He stresses writing for public audiences as well as writing for discovery.  As an instructor long ago for NOLS and Outward Bound, he has likened his courses to academic Outward Bound experiences, where he tries to create challenges that are real but surmountable. ​

Trinity in Cape Town

Seth Markle 

​Seth Markle joined Trinity's Department of History and International Studies Program in 2009.  He earned his B.A with honors from Tufts University (African Studies & English) in 2000. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in History from New York University. He is the author of A Motorcycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, 1964-1974 (Michigan State University Press, 2017). He currently working on two separate multimodal projects about hip hop culture in Tanzania and Hartford.

Markle's courses on Africa and the African Diaspora are taught through an interdisciplinary lens, with emphasis on the critical interrogation of personal memoirs, oral histories, film, fiction, photography and music.  In an effort to challenge the prevailing negative stereotypes and myths still associated with the peoples and cultures of the African continent, Markle seeks to impress upon his students the multi-layered dimensions of African agency and Africa's historical contributions to the making of the modern world. 

Professor Markle also serves as the Director of the Human Rights Program; Coordinator of the International Studies Program's Africa concentration and Interdisciplinary Minor in African Studies and Faculty Advisor to Trinity's International Hip Hop Festival.  

ohnny E. Williams​ 

Johnny E. Williams is the author of African-American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas (University Press of Mississippi 2003) and Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics (Lexington Books 2016). The former book examines the role of religious culture in motivating civil rights protest among African-Americans while the latter investigates the complex role racialized culture plays in delimiting how genome researchers think about human genetic variation. He is the author of numerous articles examining culture’s role in politics, social movement mobilization and scientific knowledge production.

He is also currently writing The Persistence of White Sociology (Palgrave Macmillan) which explores how conventional sociology as a theory, method and ideology functions to ensure the viability of systemic racism.

His commentary is featured in media outlets such as Black Agenda Report, Racism Review, CounterPunch, and The Mark News (Toronto, Canada).​

Trinity La Mama (New York)

Barbara Karger 

Barbara Karger was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and received her MFA in Physical Theater at the renowned Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. She was a founding member of the theater company, Antagon, which toured throughout Europe. As a performer she has worked with various companies including a world tour with the Swiss Mask Theater Troupe “Mummenschanz.” Since the early 90’s she has been directing productions both in the United States and abroad. She has also taught at numerous theater schools and professional theaters around Europe and in the United States, including NYU, The New School and Cooper Union.

In her teaching Barbara focuses on creating a supportive work atmosphere in the studio that allows students to discover and develop their own creativity. They gain access to the self-awareness that is needed for the creative process and learn to integrate the myriad tools of theater training. Taking the theories and traditions that constitute the basis of work in theater they then can apply them to their own work in the future.​

Trinity in Paris

Lucy Ferriss ​

Professor Ferriss's teaching, whether of literature or of creative writing, stems from her experience as a writer, a vocation that is itself a continuous experience of learning from and for literature. Put simply, her goal is to ask and prompt the question: “What is happening here?” Literature and creative writing are not ciphers by which we figure out a message, an adage, or a bit of history; they are dynamic events shaped by writers and readers in a shared imaginative world.​ 

Michael Grubb 
Professor Grubb received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from New York University. After finishing his doctoral training, he remained at NYU as a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Neural Science and was a visiting assistant professor at NYU–Shanghai. His doctoral work utilized psychophysical methods and focused on the effects of selective attention on visual perception in typically developing populations and in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. 

As a postdoc, he used structural and functional neuroimaging techniques to evaluate the impact of human aging on value–based decision making. In his lab at Trinity, he utilizes psychophysical and computational approaches to study human perception, from the visual system to the value domain, with a particular focus on attention and spatiotemporal context as critical mediating factors.

Professor Grubb feels as equally at home in the classroom as he does in the lab. Before graduate school, he spent 7 years abroad, teaching full–time in a variety of contexts. He encourages his students to think critically about scientific knowledge, to engage in constructive debate with him and with each other, and to cultivate a curious mind. ​

ara Kippur​ 

Sara Kippur is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Culture Studies. Her scholarship and teaching center on 20th-21st century French and Francophone studies, with a particular focus on postwar and contemporary literature and questions of translation, multilingualism, and world literature. She is the author of Writing It Twice: Self-Translation and the Making of a World Literature in French (Northwestern University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today (Liverpool University Press, 2016). She is currently working on a new book and Franco-American literary and cultural exchange in the second half of the 20th century.

Professor Kippur's scholarly interest in translation informs her pedagogy, as she encourages her students to recognize their role as translators of a sort who can bridge cultural and linguistic boundaries through close attention to language. In addition to language and survey courses, she teaches seminars at Trinity on the contemporary French and Francophone novel, on the intersection of history and memory in postwar literature, on Americans in Paris, and on Francophone Hartford.​

Trinity in Rome

Jean Cadogan

Jean Cadogan is probably happiest exploring the streets, churches and museums of Florence on an early summer morning.  A specialist in Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, she seeks to understand how works of art were encountered and understood by denizens of the late medieval city, and how they were imagined and produced by artists and artisans.  As a former museum curator, she is fascinated by the physical attributes of works of art—materials, technique, condition—as well as their social function as indicators of social behavior and cultural values.  Her classes in Medieval and Renaissance art history encourage students to see works of art from many different perspectives, but especially she advocates encountering them “in the flesh,” in museums or wherever they may be.

Stephanie Chambers​

Professor Chambers has developed a personal teaching philosophy that emphasizes academic rigor, the development of critical thinking and writing skills, engagement with the Hartford community, and that places a priority on issues of diversity.  As a teacher, she seeks to provide her students not only with the basic information related to her courses, but also with the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to analyze and draw out the implications of the course content in a real world context.  Chambers' courses challenge students to approach political issues with an analytical and critical eye, to keep an open mind about new ideas and concepts, and to become involved with local organizations and their projects.  In her 100 level courses she helps her student master information, comprehend course materials, and begin developing their analytic skills.  In her upper division courses she guides her students as their analytic skills become more sophisticated.  Chambers' goal is to prepare each student for graduate level education.  As a professor of political science, she believe it is her role to guide students in a manner which will help them realize their unique potential as informed citizens in a democratic society. 

Dario Del Puppo 

Dario Del Puppo is Professor of Language and Culture Studies. Besides teaching all levels of Italian language, he teaches courses on Dante’s Divine Comedy, surveys of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present, Food in Italian History, Society, & Art, and Italian Cinema. He also co-teaches first year seminars on Food, Fitness, and the Journey to Self-Discovery and Cycling, Sustainability, and the City of Hartford. 

His research deals with the manuscripts and early printed books of Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and, more broadly, with popular and material culture in Italy during the 14th-16th centuries. More recently, he has written about food history and culture. He has a longstanding research interest in the Romantic poet, Giacomo Leopardi. 

He is also Chairman of the Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture which organizes lectures, exhibits, and performances dealing with all facets of Italian culture.​ 

Trinity in Trinidad

Isaac Kamola​ 

Isaac Kamola is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His teaching and research examines the intersection of international political economy, African politics, and the politics of higher education. In the classroom he strives to challenge students to think critically about their own positionality as political and economic actors, and what this practice might mean for the project of engaging the world differently. 

Isaac’s written work is published in a number of edited volumes and journals, including British Journal of Politics and International RelationsInternational Political SociologyJournal of Higher Education in AfricaThird World Quarterly, and Polygraph. Before coming to Trinity, Isaac spent a year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University and two years as an American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow at Johns Hopkins. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2010. 

TimOTHY Landry 
Timothy Landry graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a Ph.D. in anthropology specializing in West African and Afro-Caribbean religions. Professor Landry’s research examines the ways in which religious secrecy and material culture encourage the globalization of autochthonous West African religious practices as new African diasporas are formed around the world.

In the classroom, Professor Landry directs students’ attention to the importance of human and religious diversity. In so doing, students are able to challenge the ways they have come to see African and Afro-Caribbean religious practice. Through classroom engagement, Professor Landry shows students that one can no longer study African society only in Africa. As such, in many of his courses, Professor Landry helps students to engage with established African and Afro-Caribbean communities in nearby urban centers such as Hartford, New York City, and Boston. Through community engagement, theoretical and ethnographic rigor, and dynamic classroom discussion Professor Landry instills in his students an appreciation for embodied learning and critical thinking. ​ 

Donna Marcano 


 Trinity in Vienna

Shane Ewegen 
Shane Ewegen grew up in Colorado under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. After receiving a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado (Denver), Shane migrated slowly across the continent (by way of train) to Boston, where he received his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College. His research and teaching interests coincide and are focused mostly on Ancient philosophy, 20th Century Continental philosophy, phenomenology, and their intersections. He lives in Middletown, CT, and writes about himself in the third-person. ​ 

Cheryl Greenberg

Professor Greenberg has taught at Trinity for most of her career, with a few brief stints elsewhere (University of Helsinki, Finland; Columbia University; Harvard University; Nankai University, China). She teaches courses in African American history and the history of race in the U.S., as well as courses on many social and cultural history topics including crime, protest movements, Star Trek, and American society during and after the Cold War. Professor Greenberg's research interests are equally varied, ranging from African American communities during the Great Depression to grass-roots organizing in the Civil Rights movement, and from postwar liberalism to Black-Jewish relations. Her current long-term projects include a history of civil rights organizations' views about "hate speech" legislation, and another tracing shifting African American attitudes toward gay marriage.She is also editing the memoir of a civil rights worker in Marks, Mississippi.

Erik Vogt 

​​​​​​​​​​Erik Vogt received his M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Vienna, Austria. Before coming to Trinity in 2002, he taught, among other institutions, at Oxford University. Since 2004, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate seminars in the philosophy department at the University of Vienna. For the last several years, he has also been invited repeatedly by other academic institutions in Europe to conduct graduate seminars.​