New Faculty 2021-2022

CGLLC welcomes faculty with new and visiting positions in French, Arabic, and Japanese. You can check out the content courses they will be offering and learn about their teaching and research interests.


Aroline Hanson | Visiting Professor of Spanish

Aroline Hanson

  • RLSP 101 – 01 (F) SEM Elementary Spanish

Aroline Seibert Hanson has dedicated many years to studying and teaching how language is learned and is constantly evolving. She earned her Bachelor’s in Spanish at Tufts University, Master’s in Spanish Linguistics at Middlebury College, and her Ph.D. in Spanish and Language Science at the Pennsylvania State University. She earned tenure and promotion at Arcadia University, located outside of Philadelphia, PA, and now creates and edits linguistic content for Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, language learning motivation, and language processing. Her most recent work is on the effectiveness of technological tools in language classes, and on the revitalization of the Indigenous language of Brunca in what is now Costa Rica. Seibert Hanson’s work has been published in top peer-reviewed journals including Language Learning, Language Documentation & Conservation, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education. She has also served as a reviewer and on the editorial board for various academic journals. Seibert Hanson is an avid runner, with 28 marathons and counting under her belt! She’s excited to be back in the classroom teaching Spanish 101 at Williams!

Kathryn Levine | Assistant Professor of French

Kathryn Levine

  • RLFR 103(F) LEC Intermediate Studies in French Language and Francophone Cultures
  • RLFR 104(S) LEC Intermediate French II: Advanced Intermediate Studies in French
  • RLFR 214(S) SEM Everything New is Old Again: Legacies of Medieval France

Nicholas Mangialardi | Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies

Nicholas Mangialardi

  • ARAB 101(F) SEM Elementary Arabic
  • ARAB 102(S) LEC Elementary Arabic
  • ARAB 201(F) SEM Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARAB 337(S) SEM Soundscapes of Arabic Literature: Listening to Text and Society

Nicholas Mangialardi is a scholar of Arabic literature and music whose research focuses on modern Egypt. His work explores conceptions of modernity, heritage, and national identity through the lens of twentieth-century Arab music. His articles have appeared in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Review, Smithsonian’s Folklife magazine, and ArabLit Quarterly. He has previously taught at Georgetown University and Macalester College. Nicholas received his PhD from Georgetown University in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He holds an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the Ohio State University and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger | Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger

  • Elementary Spanish

Tetsuya Takeno | Visiting Lecturer of Japanese

Tetsuya Takeno

  • JAPN 101(F) CON Elementary Japanese

Tetsuya Takeno is a Japanese linguist and professional musician, percussionist/drummer/composer. He earned his MA in East Asian Studies, Japanese Linguistics from the University of Arizona (2021), a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities (2018), and Master of Music, percussion performance from the Youngstown State University (2013).
Before coming to Williams College, he has taught Japanese courses at the University of Arizona, the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, and the Youngstown State University. In 2020-21, he developed the asynchronous online elementary Japanese course at the University of Arizona.
In addition to his language teaching, he has taught several music courses, including American Rock History I and II, in the post-secondary institution. His current research interests include Japanese pedagogy and sociolinguistics in the relation between music and language, specifically how the composers’ native tongue affects the musical output.