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Literature and Language at Mercy College

The Department of Literature and Language helps students develop the ability to think creatively and critically, communicate clearly and persuasively and recognize patterns in human behavior and history. Students are able to strengthen their voices with programs in English, Spanish and a master’s degree in English Literature.  

Student are prepared to succeed in an economy exploding with writing and communications opportunities, as well as prepare students for further in education in graduate school or doctoral programs. 

Full-Time Faculty

Elise Arnold-Levene
Elise Arnold-Levene Assistant Professor, Spanish
earnoldlevene@mercy.edu
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Jayne Burt-Ozyildirim Adjunct Instructor, English
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Sean Dugan Professor, English
SDugan@mercy.edu
Miriam Gogol
Miriam Gogol Professor, English
mgogol@mercy.edu
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Isabel Grayson Assistant Professor, English
igrayson@mercy.edu
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Luis Guzman Valerio Adjunct Instructor, Spanish
Dr. Alan G. Hartman
Alan Hartman Associate Professor

Program Director, Modern Foreign Languages
ahartman@mercy.edu
Dr. Horton
Dana Horton Assistant Professor, English
dhorton1@mercy.edu

Part-Time Faculty

Anne Gilligan-Evans
Anne Gilligan Associate Vice President, Admissions

Adjunct Instructor, English
agilligan1@mercy.edu
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Martha Aguilar Adjunct Instructor, Spanish
maguilar3@mercy.edu
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Christopher Antzoulis Adjunct Assistant Professor, English
cantzoulis@mercy.edu
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Luz Arias Assistant Payroll Supervisor

Adjunct Instructor, Spanish
larias@mercy.edu

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Frances Biscoglio Professor Emerita, English
FBiscoglio@mercy.edu
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Miriam Dick Assistant Professor Emerita, English
mdick@mercy.edu
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Joel Feimer Professor Emeritus, English
JFeimer@mercy.edu
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Betty Krasne Professor Emerita, English
BKrasne@mercy.edu

Red Hyacinth

In May, Mercy celebrated the first issue of its newest literary and arts journal, Red Hyacinth. The journal is driven by students from start to finish — from submitting original writing and art, to selecting and editing pieces, to laying out the pages and communicating with the printer. “I’m so proud of Red Hyacinth,” says Editor Hope Androsko ’19. “It’s kind of like watching my baby … It was such a rewarding experience to see submissions turn into this beautiful journal. It’s so rewarding to be able to say, ‘I made this!’”

Programs Offered

Undergraduate Programs 

  • English, Bachelor of Arts  (Major or Minor) 

  • Spanish, Bachelor of Arts  (Major or Minor) 

Graduate Programs