IRÈNE D’ALMEIDA is Professor of French and Francophone literatures in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Arizona. In addition to French language, Dr. d’Almeida’s teaching focuses on African literature and specifically on African women writers. Among her many publications, she is best known for her book Francophone African Women Writers: Destroying the Emptiness of Silence, the first major study of fiction and nonfiction by Francophone African women written in English.
Meet Our Professors
GEORGE DAVIS is Regents' Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Geosciences, and Provost Emeritus of University of Arizona. His academic passion focuses on field-based research on tectonics and mountain building, including earthquake geology and geoarchaeology. Liberal arts education has been a core value for George, who received an honorary degree from Carleton College in June 2012. Above and beyond his teaching and research responsibilities, he currently is the President of the Geological Society of America.
ANNA DORNHAUS is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has been on the UA faculty since 2005. She completed her PhD at the University of Würzburg. Her research centers on understanding complex collective behaviors in social insects, such as how they communicate, divide up tasks, and make decisions as a group. She has been a speaker in the UA School of Science’s public lecture series at Centennial Hall.
ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND is Professor of French, Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC), and Interim Director of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. Durand is also Honors Professor and Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies and LGBT Studies. His publications and courses deal with French cinema, hip-hop culture, contemporary novel, and the kind of popular culture that characterizes the extreme contemporary.
CELESTINO FERNÁNDEZ, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was a UA professor of sociology for 39 years, where he also served in several administrative positions, including as Vice President for Academic Outreach and International Affairs. He has studied, published, and taught courses on Mexican immigration and has lectured on immigration issues throughout the U.S. and abroad.
MELISSA FITCH is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. She is editor of the journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (University of Texas Press), author of Sides Dishes: Latin/a American Women, Sex, and Cultural Production (Rutgers UP, 2009), and author of the forthcoming “Global Tango: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary.” She has received three universitywide teaching awards at UA and was a Fulbright scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong during 2011-12.