Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have been fascinated with languages since I was very young. After studying translation and interpretation in Antwerp, Belgium, I came to the Université de Montréal for a M.A. in Linguistics. I settled with my family in Ontario in 2006 and started teaching Dutch at the University of Waterloo in 2011.
Areas of Interest
20th century Southeastern European literature, women writers, war traumas and the everyday life theory, cultural studies, comparative literature. Mediterranean cultures in the EU context.
Onyeka Ezeh, the Russian instructor in the Germanic and Slavic Studies, has taught elementary language courses for 5 years in Nigeria and Russia before joining the department.
Onyeka completed his BA and MA degrees at Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia and earned his doctorate from the same university in 2018. He is a scholar of applied linguistics, specializing in conversational analysis in Russian and German languages. Often engaging interdisciplinary approaches, much of his research has centered on mitigation strategies in directive speech acts.