Assistant Professor of Arabic
Ghassan Husseinali is an assistant professor of Arabic and director of the Arabic minor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. He also coordinates all Arabic classes at George Mason. Husseinali leads the Arabic study abroad program in Jordan through the Center for Global Education. He has lead the renowned Critical Languages Scholarship program in Amman, Jordan. He is also advising the American Councils for International Education on their Teachers of Critical Languages’ program.
Before joining Mason, Husseinali coordinated the Arabic program at Yale University. He has also taught and coordinated at various intensive Arabic summer schools. He has conducted face-to-face and online workshops related to teaching Arabic in the US and in Jordan.
Husseinali has published articles related to teaching and learning Arabic as a foreign language. He has reviewed manuscript proposals for the leaning publishing house Routledge. He holds a PhD in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin.
Assistant Professor of Italian
Kristina Olson is an assistant professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. She is currently the coordinator of the Italian Program at Mason, where she coordinates all levels of language instruction and supervises Mason's study-abroad programs in Florence, Rome and Sicily through the Center for Global Education.
While her field of specialization is in medieval studies, specifically the works of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Olson is interested in diachronic questions of Italian culture both in its peninsular (Italian) and diasporic (i.e., Italian-American) manifestations.
Olson has published articles and reviews on modern and medieval Italian literature. She is also co-editor of the anthology titled "Open City: Seven Writers in Postwar Rome." She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Italian Literature from Columbia University.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Lisa Rabin is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University.
Her research interests include the sociology of literacy, the history of heritage language teaching and activism in the United States.
Some of her most recent publications include "Language Ideologies and the Settlement House Movement: A New History for Service-Learning" in the Michigan Journal of Service Learning and "Literacy Narratives for Social Change: Making Connections between Service-Learning and Literature Education" in Enculturation. These articles include descriptions of local community literacy and Spanish heritage language programs created in Northern Virginia by Rabin, her colleagues and Mason students.
University Professor of Classics
Martin Winkler is a University Professor of Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
He teaches classical Greek and Roman literature, culture and mythology with special emphasis on the importance of the past for the presence. His special area of interest is the representation of the Roman Empire in American popular culture, especially in Hollywood epics such as "Spartacus" and "Gladiator." He also specializes in American and European film adaptations of ancient literature and myth.
He has published several articles on classical and medieval culture and mythology in film. He is the author of the books titled "Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollo's New Light" and "The Roman Salute: Cinema, History, Ideology."