Below are the program heads for each language in the Language Studies program. Please contact them with any questions you may have about their language program. If you have a question that is not about a specific language program or a question about a non-regular language, please contact the program chair.

The Institute recently launched a new specialization program for students who are currently enrolled in any of its degree programs and are interested in developing their language expertise. Please visit the Language Studies for Professional Purposes specialization page for more information.


Pablo Oliva

Associate Professor; Program Chair, Language Studies

McCone Building M111

Mahmoud Abdalla

Associate Professor; Program Head, Arabic Language Studies

IIRC Building 7

Jinhuei Enya Dai

Professor; Program Head, Chinese Language Studies

McCone Building M107

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

Assistant Professor; Program Head, French Studies; Summer Intensive Arabic Program Coordinator

IIRC Building 2

Junko Matsuda

Adjunct Professor; Japanese Program Head

McCone 227

Anna Vassilieva

Professor; Program Head, Russian Studies; Director, Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies

McGowan Building MG208

Sabino Morera

Associate Professor; Program Head, Spanish Studies

McGowan Building MG200B