Clark Atlanta University
Department of English and Modern Languages
223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Room 100 - Haven Warren – English Faculty
Room 325 Sage Bacote Hall – Modern Language Faculty
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Phone: (404) 880-6733
Georgene Bess Montgomery, Ph.D.
Department of English and Modern Languages
A member of the Department of English (and Modern Languages) since 2002, Dr. Georgene Bess Montgomery, an associate professor, specializes in African Diasporic Literature and traditional African spirituality/religion. Her book The Spirit and the Word: A Theory of Spirituality in Africana Literary Criticism utilizes a method informed by the ideas and worldview of Ifa, an ancient African spiritual tradition, to unlock deeper levels of meaning in the writings of African peoples and thus provide a powerful new way of reading Africana literary texts. An active scholar, Dr. Bess Montgomery presents at conferences and publishes widely. She is also former president of the National Council of Black Studies where she serves on the board and chairs the Student Committee. She serves as assistant editor of the International Journal of Black Studies and reviews manuscripts for several journals and publishers.
Rosalind Arthur, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, 2003
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 327
Dr. Arthur’s research interests have consistently entailed leveraging technology to heighten teaching effectiveness and most importantly, to facilitate and optimize learning.
Paul M. Brown, Ph.D., Emory University 1988
Associate Professor French/Director of International Education
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 323
Dr. Paul M. Brown is a tenured Associate Professor of French who has been employed at the University since 1989. He received the B.A. in French from Washington College, the M.A. in French Language and Literature with a concentration on Francophone regions from Atlanta University, and his doctorate in French from Emory University. He is a seasoned professional in International Education as well as the teaching of French and the Francophone world. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the French-speaking West African country of Cote d’Ivoire where he taught English as a foreign language.
Kelly DeLong, Ph. D., Georgia State University
Creative Writing and American Literature
Dr. Kelly DeLong is the author of the novel The Poor Sucker and the non-fiction book The Freshman Year at an HBCU. His short stories are T Sun, Evansville Review, Jabberwock Review, The MacGuffin, Roanoke Review and Willow Review, among others. He has won the Agnes Scott Fiction award, and the Georgia State University Fiction award. He has also been a finalist for the Spokane Prize in St. Contest and the St. Lawrence Book Award.
Jaime M. Ferrán, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2003
Associate Professor of Spanish
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 307
Dr. Ferrán has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Spanish Literature. A native of Syracuse, NY, he has also lived in Spain. His research focuses on Spanish poetry from the 20th century. He is interested in interdisciplinary topics such as literature and cities, Postmodern theory, the visual arts and cultural history.
Margaret Holloway, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Assistant Professor - English
Haven Warren Hall, Room 104F
Margaret Holloway is an Assistant Professor of English and the Composition Coordinator for the English and Modern Languages Department. Dr. Holloway has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies. Her research includes first-year writing, college composition assessment practices, and Black community rhetoric.
Piper Huguley, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Associate Professor - English
Haven Warren Hall, Room 104D
A recipient of the Paul Bowles fellowship, Piper G Huguley obtained her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Twentieth-Century United States Literature. Her scholarly work on Zora Neale Hurston can be found in “The Inside Light” New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston. She has written 10 historical fiction novels and novellas, but made her contemporary debut with Hallmark Publishing in 2021 with the publication of Sweet Tea. By Her Own Design is her first biographical historical fiction novel about the life of Ann Lowe, the Black fashion designer of Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress and it will release on June 7. 2022. Huguley currently teaches in the English department at Clark Atlanta University where she teaches Composition and Literature courses. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
Laurent Monye, Ph.D. Universitê Nancy 2 France
Professor of French
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 308
Dr. Laurent P. Monye is a tenured full Professor of French in the Department of English and Modern Languages. He received his B.A. (1983), M.A. (1984), M.Phil. (1985), and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in French Language, Literature and Civilization, from the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France.
Dr. Monye taught French, History and Geography for several years at various Lycées in France, prior to relocating to the United States in July 1993. He was subsequently appointed to the following academic positions at Clark Atlanta University: Assistant Professor of French (1993 to 1997); Associate Professor of French (1997 to 2004); and Full Professor of French (2004-present). He has previously served as Chairperson of Modern Foreign Languages Department (2000-2016), as well as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (2014-2015). He has also served on notable University committees, including the Senate, Curriculum Committee, Academic Council, Accreditation Task Force, Promotion & Tenure Committee, etc.
In addition, Dr. Monye helps the profession at large by serving as a content reviewer for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (2000-2005); an Associate Editor of the College Language Association Journal (2001-2012), and as an AP French reader for the College Board/Educational Testing Service (2008-present).
Dr. Monye has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe, French Antilles, Canada and the United States. These extended stays have given him the opportunity to study and teach both under the British, French and American educational systems. His multilingual and multicultural background, coupled with his extensive teaching and working experience with diverse student population and faculty members, make him a more culturally responsive and versatile individual.
Gwendolyn Morgan, M.A., Atlanta University
Viktor Osinubi, Ph.D., University Lancaster UK,
Professor, Linguistics and Post-Colonial Studies
Dr. Viktor Osinubi, a tenured Full Professor of English in the Department, has served as Director of the University’s Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities and the founding Director of the Ph.D. degree in Humanities. He has also served as an Interim Chair of the Department of English. An engaging teacher and published scholar, Dr. Osinubi works with students as their advisor and mentor, including working with them on research projects. He has served as director or advisor of more than 20 doctoral dissertations, 10 M.A. theses and over 20 undergraduate senior research projects. Dr. Osinubi has been elected twice as the national president of Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association, an author’s society for the study of works written by a respected African-American author and essayist. He has also served as Chair of Clark Atlanta University Faculty Assembly. As a life-long learner, Dr. Osinubi decided to expand his knowledge and skills beyond the humanities; consequently, he completed an MPA postdoctoral study at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta. In his spare time, Dr. Osinubi writes poetry to express his creative imagination, as well as telling stories of everyday living experiences and anxieties.
Tamala Simmons-Rigby, DAH
Visiting Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator
Yosalida Rivero-Zartizky, Ph.D. The University of Arizona
Associate Professor of Spanish
Peninsular Literature, Digital Literature, Cultural Studies
Dr. Rivero-Zaritzky is originally from Venezuela. She studied Education at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and Arts (Cinema) at Universidad Central de Venezuela, in her home country. Dr. Rivero-Zaritzky completed her Master in Spanish at Montclair State University, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Culture at The University of Arizona. Dr. Rivero-Zaritzky received her Specialization on Digital Literature from the Universitat de Barcelona. Dr. Rivero-Zaritzky worked nine years at Mercer University where she received tenure, and arrived at Clark Atlanta University in the fall of 2015. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator of the Spanish program and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes.Luz Rodriquez, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico
Assistant Professor - Spanish
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 328
Dr. Luz Rodríguez is originally from Puerto Rico. She is a Latin Americanist specializing in Cultural Studies, African Diaspora and the Spanish language. Her specialty is Afro Latin America. She obtained her Ph.D. on Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She completed her Master degree in Hispanic Language and Literature and a minor in Brazilian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a minor in Latin American Studies and another in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages.
Alma D. Walker Vinyard, Ed. D. University of Tennessee
Haven Warren Hall, Room 104B
Alma D. Walker Vinyard is Associate Profess or English, the former chair of the English Department and also former Chair of the Faculty Assembly. She has also served on the Strategic Academic Committee, and the University Senate. Dr. Vinyard received the first Aldridge McMillian Faculty Merit Award for her Outstanding Service 2000. Dr. Vinyard teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Tikenya Foster-Singletary, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
African American literature, American literature, and popular culture
Haven Warren Hall 115A
An experienced instructor and scholar, Dr. Foster-Singletary has research interests in African American literature, American literature, and television and popular culture. She teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in literature and writing. In addition, she is a frequent presenter at conferences by the College Language Association and the Popular Culture Association of the South. Her work has been published in MAWA Review, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, and Southern Quarterly; her essays on literature and television have been included in a number of essay collections. She is co-editor of an edited volume focused on the work of playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage entitled Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood. Published by McFarland Press, the collection features essays on the writer’s prose work as well as an interview. It is the only book-length consideration of Cleage’s work. In 2019 Dr. Foster-Singletary was selected as a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.