Faculty & Staff

  • Hélène Bilis

    Assistant 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 theater and poetics, and how they intersect with royal discourses on 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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  • Pauline de Tholozany

    Pauline de Tholozany

    Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow

    B.A., Paris IV La Sorbonne; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

    Specialist in Nineteenth-century French Literature, with a focus on the novel.

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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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  • Codru?a 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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Faculty Emeritus and Emerita

  • René Galand

    Professor of French emeritus

    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 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 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