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Our Team

Empire State BuildingAlberta Gatti, Ph.D. (Director): Alberta Gatti is the director of ILETC and the Center for Integrated Language Communities at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research and teaching has focused on Spanish literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as on language education. Before coming to New York, she directed the Foreign Languages Program and the Center for Engaged Learning Environments (CELE) at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In 2012 she was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award. Alberta Gatti holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Buenos Aires.

Eric Ketcham (Assistant Director): Eric Ketcham is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC). He previously held a Demography Fellowship from the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and teaches in the Sociology Department at Lehman College. His research interests include immigration as well as marriage and the family. He holds an M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, CUNY and a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from Northeastern University..

Ashna Ali (College Assistant): is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and an advising fellow with the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA). She has taught literature and writing in the English departments at Queens College and City College, and food and identity and food and film in the Food Studies department at The New School. Her research focuses on contemporary feminist literatures of migration written in English and Italian by migrant women of the Global North. In the office, she helps with organization, scheduling, and event planning.