Meet Our UDRs


The Romance Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) serve as a resource for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and bring student concerns and ideas to the department faculty and staff. They provide feedback regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors and other interested students.

French and Francophone Studies

photo of Emma HanselmanEmma Hanselman is a senior studying Art History and French and Francophone Studies. When she isn't looking at art or speaking French Emma works at the campus box office, is co-president of Adagio Dance Company, class coordinator for Hooked on Tap, and a Gallery Guide at the Rose Art Museum. This past spring Emma was lucky enough to study abroad in Paris; though she greatly misses the bread and cheese she is beyond thrilled to be back at Brandeis.

photo of Ally MooneyAlly Mooney is a junior, double majoring in French and Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. On campus she enjoys swing dancing and being a part of the Farmer’s Club. When she’s not at Brandeis, Ally loves to WWOOF (live and work on farms), and has WWOOFed in the south of France for 10 weeks.  She plans on returning back to that area (Aix-en-Provence) to study abroad in the spring of 2018. Her dream job would be to practice geriatric psychology either in France or the US.  FUN FACT: Ally is an avid sourdough baker and her sourdough starter is named Forest Lump.

Anqi (Kirsten) Zhao is a junior, double majoring in Economics and International and Global Studies (IGS), and minoring in French and Francophone Studies. She is involved in two Chinese clubs, several dance clubs and worked as an Orientation Leader in Spring 2017. She is going to study abroad in Paris in Fall 2017. She plans to work in the legal area or the Economics consulting area. She likes dancing, reading and listening to music in her free time.  FUN FACT: She doesn't like ice-cream.


Hispanic Studies

Luis Flores is a junior in the class of 2019, double majoring in Linguistics and Hispanics Studies and minoring in East Asian Studies. He is involved with Anime club, Coed-Volleyball and works in the carpentry shop at the Spingold Theater. His post-graduation plan is currently to work as an interpreter. Something he does in his free time is watch soccer games.  FUN FACT: He likes playing soccer and volleyball. 

photo of Francina MartinezFrancina Martinez is a junior, double majoring in Business and Hispanic Studies. She is the Treasurer of Brandeis Business Global Brigade and a Teacher Assistant at Lemberg Children's Center. She is planning on studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in the fall of 2018. Despite not knowing exactly what her post-graduation plans will be, she would like to have a job which involves both the areas of her studies and international travel. She also would like to pursue a master’s degree in either Accounting or Business Management.  FUN FACT: She loves to travel, especially getting to know and learn about different cultures and people.

photo of Nina RosenblattNina Rosenblatt is a junior, double majoring in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. She is a Waltham Group coordinator for SPECTRUM, research assistant in the CoPE lab, Kindergarten Sunday School teacher, and a volunteer at Waltham Family School. She is very excited to study abroad at La Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico in the spring of 2018. She absolutely loves being with children and wants to combine that with her interest in clinical psychology after graduation. She enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and reading books in her free time.  FUN FACT: Nina loves eating avocados!


Italian Studies

Ben LoCascio

photo of Alex NedellAlex Nedell is a junior double majoring in Business and Italian Studies. She is a member of Sigma Delta Tau and runs a jewelry business called RingAroundtheRosie in her free-time. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during her midyear semester freshman year. Her plans post-grad are to attend graduate school for her MBA, land a job in the business field and eventually become an entrepreneur. Her ultimate dream is to move to Italy and start her own salon. In her free time she likes to go to the gym, binge watch TV series on Netflix, cook and spend all her money at TJ Maxx.  FUN FACT: She has a Spotify playlist for every mood she’s in.

photo of Zach Phil SchwartzZach Phil Schwartz is a rising junior, triple majoring in IGS, Anthropology, and IIM in Italian Studies and minoring in Politics. He is the Opinions Editor of The Brandeis Hoot newspaper and one of three Captains of the Brandeis Ski and Snowboard Team. He will be studying abroad in the Brandeis in the Hague program in the Netherlands in spring 2017. After graduation, he will definitely be attending a graduate school, but is undecided between M.A. programs and Law school. He is a huge New York Mets fan, loves Game of Thrones, and is a competitive skier. FUN FACT: Zach is distantly related to actor John Leguizamo.