Associate Professor of Spanish
- Ph.D 2003, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone Number: (937) 775-2641
Fax Number: (937) 775-2820
Personal Page: xenia.bonch
Current Office Hours: 11-12 M & W
From St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Bonch got into Spanish by accident and liked it so much she went on to complete her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, she has been speaking three languages every day. At WSU since 2003, Dr. Bonch teaches a variety of courses, including Spanish and Russian languages, Hispanic literature, and linguistics. She created a number of new courses, including “Spanish as a World Language” and “Journey in Early Hispanic Literature, ” revived its Russian program, and developed “Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel,” which has become a regular offering. Whether you take Spanish or Russian with Dr. Bonch, you are guaranteed to speak the language from Day 1 - OK, maybe not yet fluently!
Perhaps because she was born in the Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists, Dr. Bonch has been fascinated with the past and enjoys studying Medieval historical, philosophical, and legal thought. Her articles appeared in Viator, Romance Quarterly, and Mediterranean Studies. She has published a semi-paleographic edition of Setenario, the first Spanish legal code dating back to the 13th century, and is currently studying ways in which Spanish chroniclers helped to bring about the reconquest of Spain from the Muslims.
In her spare time, Dr. Bonch enjoys traveling off the beaten path with a camera, reading (especially memoirs), and international cooking. She and her husband Dan are avid ballroom dancers. They have recently welcomed the arrival of a baby boy, who keeps them too busy to enjoy all of the above!