Prior to his current role at Vassar, Dr. Hacthoun has held administrative and faculty positions at Marist and Mercy colleges, Adelphi University, the University of Pennsylvania, Wheaton College (MA), the University of Alabama, and the University of Florida, where he earned his doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures. He has also pursued advanced studies in comparative literature and literary translation at Brown University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with the sponsorship of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. His baccalaureate in foreign languages and education is from the University of South Florida.
Professor Hacthoun’s teaching and scholarship have encompassed the Romance Languages, literary theory, literary translation, and film history. His research and publications have centered on the works of Cervantes, Camões, Eça de Queiroz, and Pablo Neruda. He has also published poetry and short stories.
Although in all of his professional appointments Dr. Hacthoun has had some administrative responsibilities, for over two decades he focused his activities on administrative practices comprising—concurrently at times—academic affairs, undergraduate studies, student affairs, recruitment, auxiliary services, and campus facilities. In these roles, he has had oversight of institutional, federal and state funds, of funds provided by charitable and other organizations, and of funds provided by private individuals.