Third Space Lab Co-Directors
Emmanuelle Sarah Chiocca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Language and Culture, Language and Culture Center
Emmanuelle Chiocca earned her M.A. in History from the Université of Bordeaux (2010) in her native France, and her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma (2018). A “serial” study abroad participant herself, Dr. Chiocca specializes in the investigation of learning experiences that result in perspective transformation and intercultural competence development in international educational contexts. She has presented her research on transformative learning, intercultural learning, and international education at various international conferences, including the International Academy for Intercultural Research, the International Association for Intercultural Education, and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, and the American Psychological Association. Her latest work, Hearts and Minds: Goal-orientation and intercultural communicative competence of ROTC cadets learning critical languages, was published in November 2019 in the journal of Intercultural Education.
Xin Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Intercultural Communication, Language and Culture Center
Xin Zhang received her M.A. and Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature (2016) from the Ohio State University. In 2016-19, she held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship and served as a visiting assistant professor of Chinese at Oberlin College. Dr. Zhang’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of multilingualism, second language acquisition, Chinese language pedagogy, and Chinese rhetoric. Her projects have received several awards including from the Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium, National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Association, Chinese Language Teachers Association, and National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. She is co-editing a volume, which is forthcoming with Routledge, entitled Third Space and Chinese Pedagogy: Negotiating Intentions and Expectations in Another Culture.
Saghar Leslie Naghib, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Language and Culture Center
Dr. Naghib has been teaching English as a Second Language to international students from diverse personal, academic, and professional backgrounds since 2005. She received her M.S. in TESOL from Barry University (2007) and her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis in Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2018). In 2014, she was awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship for Persian-Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Her teaching experience includes curriculum development, program accreditation, classroom-community integration, and teacher training. Her research interests focus on discourse analysis, identity politics, and the role of language in conflict analysis and resolution.