The Translation Center has the unusual advantage of being housed at the University of Massachusetts, the flagship university of the state of Massachusetts. Many of our translators and interpreters are university instructors or are conducting advanced research in their respective fields.
Edwin Gentzler, Ph.D., Director
The Director, Edwin Gentzler, has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Vanderbilt University and has taught translation at universities in Holland, England, and the USA. Before coming to UMass, he was an administrator for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Translation and identity in the Americas (Routledge 2008) and Contemporary Translation Theories (Multilingual Matters 2001), which is widely respected in the field and has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Arabic, and Persian. He serves as co-editor (with Susan Bassnett) of the Topics in Translation Series for Multilingual Matters.
Görkem Cilam, Assistant Director
The Assistant Director, Görkem Cilam, has a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Economics and German Cultural Studies. She is fluent in Turkish, English and German. In addition to her passion for languages, she brings to the Translation Center financial expertise from her prior engagements as a business manager and a management consultant. Most recently, she became a finalist in the EntreClub / Mass Ventures Business Competition. She also works with the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, developing a web site with language learning materials for Turkish.
Shawn Lindholm, Project Manager
Project Manager Shawn Lindholm has a BA in French from Rutgers University and has trained in conference interpretation with Professor Dan Martin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also speaks some Spanish and Russian and has five years of administrative experience in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.