The Modern Languages and Literatures department is diverse, yet united in its mission to inspire you in your discovery of foreign language and culture at Furman. Our instructors’ interests include the use of Spanish in the Upstate, representations of migration in the French-speaking world, post-war German literature and film, Mexican poetry, Latinos in the US, and historical memory in Spain. Among our faculty are 22 tenure-track professors who have proven their long-term commitment to teaching language. Many faculty members have earned special recognition, and all have an in-depth understanding of their subject and a passion for helping students gain fluency in a non-native language and culture.

French Faculty

Marianne Bessy

Lois Aileen Coggins Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; French Language Coordinator

Nathan Brown

Associate Professor of French

Carole Salmon

Professor of French

Daniel J. Worden

Assistant Professor of French

German Studies Faculty

Matthew Anderson

Assistant Professor of German

Anne Culberson

Lecturer German & French, German language Coordinator

Emily Krauter

Assistant Professor

Ilka Rasch

Associate Professor of German

Spanish Faculty

Linda Bartlett

Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Jeremy Cass

Dean of Faculty; Professor of Spanish

Mahan Ellison

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ronald Friis

Professor of Spanish; Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Sofia Kearns

Professor of Spanish

Stephanie Knouse

Professor, Spanish; Chair, Linguistics Interdisciplinary Minor

Angeli Leal


Angélica Lozano-Alonso

Professor of Spanish; Spanish Language Coordinator

Lourdes Manyé

Professor of Spanish

Jeff Michno

Associate Professor

Juan J. Garrido Pozú

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Santiago Quintero

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Maria Rippon

Associate Professor of Spanish

Eunice Rojas

Herman N. Hipp Professor of Spanish Chair, Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor

List of faculty awards and recognition:

Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching recipients:

  • Marianne Bessy and Stephanie Knouse, 2023
  • Alvin L. “Bill” Prince, 2000
  • David Herbert Bost, 1999
  • David Wells Morgan, 1998
  • Jane Scofield Chew, 1997
  • Carey S. Crantford, 1973

Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Advising Award recipients:

  • Ilka Rasch, 2019
  • Lourdes Manyé, 2016
  • Sofía Kearns, 1999

Furman Standard Grant recipients:

  • Sofía Kearns, 2019
  • Ron Friis, 2017

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award:

  • Marianne Bessy, 2017

Furman Standard Honored Professor:

  • Ron Friis, 2011

SC Department of Higher Education Service-Learning Award

  • Sofía Kearns, 2010

Endowed Professorships

  • Linda Bartlett, Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish)
  • Marianne Bessy, Lois Aileen Coggins Professor of French
  • Eunice Rojas, Herman N. Hipp University Professorship, 2021-2024

Maiden Invitational Award (In recognition of providing a welcoming environment for all students at Furman University)

  • Established in honor of Cherie Maiden, 1993
  • Presented to Linda Bartlett, 2007