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Department Head

Bénédicte Monicat

  • Interim Department Head
  • Professor of French and Women's Studies
  • Fields: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers, Travel Narratives, Children's Literature, Scientific vulgarization, Feminist Theory


Marc Authier

  • Professor of French and Linguistics
  • Fields: Syntactic Theory, Semantic Theory, Romance Linguistics
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Jennifer Boittin

  • Associate Professor of French, Francophone Studies and History
  • Fields: French colonial history (including sub-Saharan Africa, French Indochina, French Caribbean and North Africa); black and African diaspora; gender and women's studies; urban history; cultural studies and intellectual history; European history
  • On sabbatical 2020-2021

Burleigh Hendrickson

  • Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
  • Fields: French Empire, Decolonial/Postcolonial Studies, The Global 1960s, Transnational and Comparative History, Dignity and Human Rights

Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François

  • Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, and Comparative Literature
  • Fields: Francophone studies; Indian Ocean studies; cultural and ethnic studies; violence, identity and postcolonial studies
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Fabienne Kanor

  • Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. Writer and Filmmaker.

Heather McCoy

  • Teaching Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • French Republic Award: Chevalier/Ordre des Palmes académiques, 2021
  • Fields: Foreign Language Pedagogy, French for Special Purposes, Business French & French for Global Health

Lisa Reed

  • Professor of French and Linguistics
  • Fields: Theoretical linguistics, syntax, semantics, Romance languages

Tracy Rutler

  • Assistant Professor of French and Women's Studies
  • Fields: Early modern French and Francophone literature, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, utopian fiction and domesticity

Jean-Claude Vuillemin

  • Liberal Arts Research Professor
  • Fields: Early Modern French Literature and Philosophy; Theater Theories and Performance Studies; Literary Criticism and Theory.

Emeritus Faculty

Kathryn Grossman

  • Professor of French
  • Fields: Nineteenth-century French novel; Victor Hugo studies; utopian studies; popularized versions of literary classics.

Thomas Hale

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature
  • Fields: African literature; oral tradition; Caribbean literature; francophonie

Norris Lacy

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies

Willa Z. Silverman

  • Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor Emerita of French and Jewish Studies
  • Fields: French society, culture and politics, 1870-1914; Belle Époque; Art Nouveau; history of the book/print culture studies; France and the Holocaust; history of Jews in modern France.

Allan Stoekl

  • Professor, French and Comparative Literature
  • Fields: Twenty and Twenty-First French Literature and Philosophy; Theory of Sustainability and Energy Use; Cinema Studies

Monique Yaari

  • Professor of French Studies
  • Fields: 20th and 21st-century literary and cultural studies; theories of the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism; the contemporary French city; Eastern European francophonie