• Hélène Bilis

    Associate Professor of French

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

    Specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a focus on theatrical works and institutions, and their connection to 17th- and 18th -century developments in political power.

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  • Venita Datta

    Professor of French

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

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

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  • Sylvaine V. Egron-Sparrow

    Senior Lecturer 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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  • Marie-Cécile Ganne-Schiermeier

    Lecturer in French

    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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  • Scott E. Gunther

    Associate Professor of French

    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 French media, gender and sexuality in France, and France and the European Union.

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  • Andrea Gayle Levitt

    Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor 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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    Barry Lydgate

    Professor of French

    B.A., M.Phil., 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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  • Catherine Masson

    Professor of French

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

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  • Codruţa Morari

    Assistant Professor of French

    B.A., Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Paris III

    French Cinema in International Context, Intellectual History, Aesthetic Theory, History of Film Festivals, Media Theory.

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  • James Michael Petterson

    Professor of French

    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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  • Anjali Prabhu

    Professor of French

    B.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Duke University

    Works in postcolonial studies, Francophone studies, cultural theory (especially French theory), cinema studies, African studies.

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  • Marie-Paule Tranvouez

    Senior Lecturer in French

    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; teaching interests include the French novel, pedagogy, cultural studies, and the autobiography as a genre.

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  • David Ward

    Professor of Italian Studies

    B.A., University of East Anglia (England); M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Italian antifascist culture; 21st century Italian mystery writers; contemporary Italian narrative; postmodern narrative; narrative theory

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Faculty Emeritus and Emerita

  • René Galand

    Professor Emeritus of French

    Licence ès letters, University of Rennes; Ph.D., Yale University

    Scholar of 19th and 20th century French literature; author of poetry, short stories, and other works in Breton.

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  • Vicki E. Mistacco

    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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  • Michèle Respaut

    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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Staff

  • Sarah Allahverdi

    Administrative Assistant

    S​arah provides direct support to the chair and faculty of the department, oversees five department assistants and manages various projects for the department. She is also the assistant to the Founders/Green Hall building director.

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    Hanaé Allali

    Language Assistant

    My name is Hanaé, I'm 23 years old and I live in Marseilles. I was born in Morocco, but raised in France where I have done all my schooling and Bachelor education. I just graduated in Applied Foreign Languages (French, English, and Arabic) from Aix-Marseille Université. 

     

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    Charlotte Khemiri

    Language Assistant

    My name is Charlotte Khemiri and I recently turned 25. I am both French and Tunisian; I have lived in both countries. Back in France I have been living in Aix-en-Provence for 2 years, but originally I am from Brittany (North West of France).

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    Abigail Stinson

    Student Assistant

    Abigail is a senior majoring in French and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. She spent the 2015-2016 academic year studying in Aix en Provence, France through the Wellesley in Aix study abroad program, and she loved it so much that she stayed on through half of the summer thanks to the Michèle Respaut French House Fellowship.

     

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  • Catherine Winn

    Student Assistant

    My name is Catherine, I'm a sophomore at Wellesley and a student assistant for the French Department this year. I'm a International Relations-History and French double major from Washington, D.C.

     

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