Biographies - MSMU Faculty
Montserrat Reguant - Co-Director
Montserrat Reguant is Professor and Chair of Mount Saint Mary’s University Department of Language and Culture, and Co-Director of an NEH-Grant. She specializes in peninsular literature in comparative contexts. Her current research focuses on Cervantes and Bacon, and she continues researching and applying new approaches to teaching and learning.
Dr. Reguant received her PhD and Masters from Yale University, and her Licenciatura from the University of Barcelona in Science of Education. In 1988 she settled in the United States, after having travelled extensively through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia looking for innovative techniques to improve education. She has published books, articles, and short stories in both sides of the Atlantic.
Julie Feldman-Abe - Co-Director
Professor of Education, Director, Elementary Teacher Preparation Program, Director, Center for Cultural Fluency/Bridging Cultures: US China Program
Julie Feldman-Abe, PhD is the Director of Elementary Teacher Preparation Program at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She also directs the Mount’s Center for Cultural Fluency and is the director of the Bridging Cultures: US and China program. Dr. Feldman-Abe completed her PhD at New York University. Her dissertation, entitled, “We’re All Foreigners Here: What Adult Mentors Learn from Youth in Urban Schools” explores the intercultural learning process of educators working with diverse youth. She has taught in a variety of public, private, and community-based settings in New York City and has also worked as an intercultural communication consultant in both educational and corporate settings. She received her BA in Psychology from Brown University. She has done research in Mexico, Brazil, and India, and speaks Spanish.
Jane Crawford received her PhD in European History from Brigham Young University. Periods of specialization include the Roman era, Medieval history, and the Renaissance-Reformation. Additional areas of interest include French literature, medieval religious thought, monastic history and mystical writings, especially of women. Dr. Crawford was in academic advisement administration for many years and in the last few years has been able to return to teaching full-time.
Paul Green’s first cross-cultural experience occurred at age 1½ when his family moved from eastern Kentucky to the island of Saipan in the Pacific Ocean. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence in the Philippines. He earned his BS in Business Administration from Biola University, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he has taught since 1997. His current research interests are in pedagogy and the philosophical foundations of pedagogy.
Michele Fine was born in France, raised in Venezuela, Dr. Michele Fine came the to United States and spent 17 years working in all aspects of the Travel Industry. She received her BA, MA, and PhD from UCLA in Modern European Cultural History. Areas of study include the cultural and political history of France between the two world wars, with special emphasis on women suffrage; the League of Nations and the role of the media. Dr. Fine has taught at the Mount since 1988, and was chair of the Department of Language and Culture from 1992-2002. She currently holds the title of Associate Professor.
Alan Lee, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS, GCS is an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. He was the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority Faculty Award in 2008 and Adopt-A-Doc Award in 2011 for his research on social responsibility and cultural competence in physical therapy. Dr. Lee conducts NIDRR-funded telehealth international research with University of Pittsburgh and lectures nationally on telehealth practice for physical therapists. His teaching includes management of patients with integumentary conditions, geriatrics, medical screening and acute care practice. Dr. Lee maintains clinical practice at Scripps Mercy Hospital with dual board certifications in geriatrics and wound management.
Professor Leese holds an AB in Philosophy from Amherst College, an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, a JD from Northwestern University and an MBA from California State University, Northridge. He was a real estate broker from 1978 to 2001 and has served as an attorney in the State of California from 1968 to the present. Professor Leese's legal specialty is in real estate law. He has been an investor in real estate since 1975. At Mount Saint Mary's University, Professor Leese helped form the business department as its chair for seventeen years. He continues to be interested in law, management and literature, having taught in all three disciplines for his entire career. He taught previously at Brandeis University and Arizona State University. His most satisfying achievement was his selection as Teacher-of-the-Year in both the traditional and weekend college programs.
Patty Melnick, RN, MS. Assistant Professor of Nursing started the first steps toward her professional journey when she was sixteen years old and volunteered at Bucks County Community Hospital in Bristol, Pennsylvania to talk to patients, and to help out with paperwork in the pharmacy. Continuing to pursue her interest in healthcare, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a BSN, and later earned her M.S. in nursing at CSULA. Patty has continued this passion for care of the childbearing family and women’s health as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Courtney Spikes earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Later she pursued her PhD in French history at the University of California, Los Angeles. During which time Courtney attended graduate school in Paris at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. After returning to UCLA, she received the Chateaubriand fellowship which allowed her to return to France to continue pursuing her doctoral research. Her work on political cultural in post-revolutionary France has been presented at the annual conferences of the Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society of French History. Before attending graduate school, Courtney served as a Program Director for an AmeriCorps literacy-tutoring grant in Los Angeles for many years and also facilitated volunteer opportunities for fellow alums in the city.
Vernice Grajeda holds her MA in Spanish literature and language from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She currently teaches in the Spanish section of the Department of Language and Culture at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Her current research interest is in 19th and 20th century peninsular literature with a particular focus on Catalan culture under the Franco Era. Since 2010, she has traveled and studied in both Barcelona and Madrid and recently led a group of Mount students on a travel-study trip to Spain.