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Miles Beckwith, Ph.D.

Miles Beckwith

Associate Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 637-2725
Email: mbeckwith@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Yale University, 1996
BA, St. John's College, 1983

Dr. Miles Beckwith teaches courses in English, Linguistics, Latin and other classical subjects. He has also directed independent study courses for students in Old Irish and Native American Linguistics. Dr. Beckwith has a number of publications on the linguistic development of Greek, Latin and Etruscan, and is currently working on the Algonquian languages of New England.


Elda Buonanno, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2737
Email: ebuonanno@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2008
Certificate, Instructional Technology, University of Maryland, 2014

BA, Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Milan, 1993

Dr. Buonanno Foley teaches courses in Italian language and cultural studies. Her research interests include teaching through technology, instructional design and programming, cultural identities and language acquisition.
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Pilar Caballero-Alías, Ph.D.

Pilar Caballero-Alías

Assistant Professor
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2734
Email: pcaballeroalias@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Spanish Studies, University of Manchester, UK
MA, Translation, University of Exeter, UK
BA, Spanish Literature, Universidad de Deusto, Spain

Dr. Pilar Caballero teaches language courses, composition, Spanish Peninsular literature and translation courses. She specializes in Spanish Peninsular poetry of the avant-garde, transatlantic literature, pre-Spanish Civil war visual narratives and translation. Dr. Caballero has published on avant-garde poetry and photography and has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally on those topics. She is currently working on feminist writers of the avant-garde in Spain.


Joseph A. Cussen, CFC

Joseph A. Cussen

Assistant Professor
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2425
Email: jcussen@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, Theology, St. John's University, 1961
BA, Spanish, Iona College, 1957

Br. Joseph A. Cussen has been a teacher at Iona College for almost 50 years. Born in Bombay, India, Br. Cussen has also lived in Kentucky; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Santiago, Chile. He joined the Christian Brothers in 1954 and has taught all ages of students at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels. His research interests include Peninsular literature, Latin American literature, Latin American culture and Spanish culture.


J. Manuel Gómez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2738
Email: jmgomez@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Spanish, Ohio State University
MA, French Literature, Universidad de Costa Rica
BA, English Language, Universidad de Costa Rica
BA, French Language, Universidad de Costa Rica

Professor Gómez teaches courses in Spanish at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include transatlantic studies: Latin American literatures and cultures, colonial Spanish, British and French travel writing in Central American and the Caribbean areas, autobiographical testimonial literature, cultural studies, and theory.


Thomas E. Mussio, Ph.D.

Thomas E. Mussio

Professor of Italian
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2738
Email: tmussio@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1993
MA, Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1991
BA, English Literature, Yale University, 1983

Dr. Thomas E. Mussio teaches all levels of Italian as well as Humanities courses in the Honors Program. He is currently the faculty advisor of Iona's Italian Society. Dr. Mussio is active in developing and leading cultural experiences for Iona students, both in Italy and in the New York area. His research focuses on late medieval and early modern literature, with particular interest in the Italian lyric poetry of these periods, and he has published numerous articles on Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo and Marino.
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Christian Concillion

Lab Director
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2000 x4019

Email: cconcillion@iona.edu
Degrees: MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, Iona College 2005
BS, Behavioral Science with a minor in Computer Applications, Iona College 1999

AA, Computer Science, Monroe College 1995

Christian Concillion has been effectively managing the Foreign Language department's lab for over 20 years. As director of the lab, Christian interacts with both students and faculty to cultivate a more meaningful and productive learning experience.


Faculty Emeriti

Ela Gómez Quintero, Ph.D.

Student Success

Through my Spanish major, I have had the opportunity to learn about the distinct components of the Spanish language, culture, tradition, history and its magnificent people.

Marth Eiendira Barragan Tinayero

Spanish major