Elizabeth Lowe, Professor and Director
Address: 4072D FLB
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Elizabeth Lowe specializes in literary translation, translation pedagogy, translation theory and terminology. She received her undergraduate education from Barnard College, earned an M.A. in Romance Languages from Queens College of New York, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Translation from the City University of New York. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia and has taught and lectured extensively at universities in Latin America and Europe. ATA certified for Portuguese to English translation, she is a member of the ATA Committee on Standards, and an active member of PEN and the American Literary Translators Association.
Patricia Phillips-Batoma, Lecturer
Address: 4035 FLB
Patricia Phillips-Batoma received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses for the professional track of the MA in Translation and Interpreting, as well as courses for the certificate program. Her research interests include translation studies, the pedagogy of translation and languages for specific purposes, and medieval French literature. She has an affiliate appointment with the Department of French, where she teaches a variety of courses.
Elias Shakkour, Instructor
Address: 4058 FLB
Elias Shakkour is Instructor of Interpreting for the MA in Translation and Interpreting. He holds a BA in German from Colgate University as well as three MA degrees: one in German from Middlebury College, one in Conference Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and one in Linguistics from the University of Illinois. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of Illinois. Elias grew up bilingual in Arabic and English in Israel, where he attended an American School in Jerusalem. In addition to his fluency in English, Arabic, and German, he is proficient in Spanish, French, and Hebrew and has some knowledge of Italian and Dutch. He is certified by the American Translators Association for Arabic-to-English, German-to-English, and Spanish-to-English translation.
Lane Schwartz, Assistant Professor
Address: 4019 FLB
Lane Schwartz works at the intersection of human and machine translation. His research includes work in statistical machine translation, computer-aided translation, and cognitively-motivated language models. Dr. Schwartz holds a B.A. from Luther College with minors in German and Theatre/Dance. He earned an M.Phil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. He is one of the original developers of Joshua, an open source toolkit for tree-based statistical machine translation, and is a frequent contributor to Moses, the de-facto standard for phrase-based statistical machine translation.
Yiyi Wang, Teaching Assistant
Address: 4052 FLB
Yiyi Wang teaches courses for terminology, computer-aided translation and localization. She earned her M.A and M.Phil in translation studies with the concentration in computer-aided translation at Beijing University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently a graduate student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include computer-aided translation, terminology management and computational linguistics.
Cheryl Gerber, Office Manager
Address: 4080E FLB
Cheryl Gerber is the Office Manager for the Center for Translation Studies. She is the administrator for the program and acts on behalf of the Director in her absence. Cheryl is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in General Studies at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, Illinois.