Faculty & Staff

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Specializes in French culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the relationship between literary texts and the socio-historical contexts in which they emerged.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., University of Chicago; Maîtrise, Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne; D.E.A., Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

    Specialist of French medieval and contemporary literature. Interested in multimodal communication, visual media, and women’s writing.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., American University of Paris; Ph.D., Yale University

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  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

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  • Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

    Academic focus includes authorship, textual strategies, and the fashioning of subjectivity. Passionate about teaching and her commitment to students.

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  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Cornell University; D.E.A., Ecole Normale Superieure & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; J.D., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of contemporary French society. Interested in the media, gender and sexuality in France and the European Union.

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  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., M.A., University of California (Santa Cruz); Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Research focus: nineteenth-century French literature; Interested in postcolonial nineteenth-century studies; travel writing and photography; theories of Orientalism; modern continental thought.

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  • Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    D.U.T., Institut Universitaire de Technologie, (Brest); M.A., State University of New York (Stony Brook); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Barbara)

    A specialist of the 19th-century French novel; interests include the French novel, pedagogy, cultural studies, and the autobiography.

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Faculty Emeritus and Emerita

  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in French

    Licence de Lettres Modernes, Université de Haute Bretagne; Maîtrise de Français et de Linguistique, Université de Vincennes

    Specializes in French civilization and conversation courses.

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  • Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor Emerita of French and Linguistics

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Professor of linguistics and French. Interested in language learning and speech perception and production.

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  • Professor Emeritus of French, Francophone and Italian Studies

    B.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interests: intellectual history of the French Renaissance; confessional writing; post-war Paris; exploring the power of interactive media to teach language and culture.

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  • Professor Emerita of French

    Licence, Maîtrise, Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

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  • Professor Emerita of French

    B.A., New York University; M.A., Middlebury College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Committed to sharing with students the rich heritage of women's writing in France from the Middle Ages to the present.

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  • Professor Emeritus of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Reed College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Engaged in studying French poetry in its relation to contemporary French, philosophy, aesthetics, and intellectual history.

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  • Professor Emerita of French

    Faculté des Lettres, Université de Montpellier; M.A., Assumption College; Ph.D., Brown University

    Teaches and publishes in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on literature and medicine.

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