Jessica DeVos

Jessica DeVos
jd6@wellesley.edu
French
A.B., M.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Jessica DeVos

Visiting Lecturer in French

Current research focuses on Renaissance women poets, female voices, and gender as a lyric construct.


I am passionate about the beauties and challenges of successful linguistic communication that transcends cultural and temporal boundaries. In my volunteer work, this takes the form of assisting with refugee resettlement; helping individuals to learn the language of their new country so that they can successfully navigate and fully participate in their communities. I also serve as an interpreter for asylum seekers. As a translator at the Fortunoff Video Archive, I facilitate access to the testimonies of Holocaust survivors by producing guides to their narratives in English. When in the foreign language classroom, I adapt my teaching to the needs of my students in order to make the experience not only intellectually challenging, but also personally meaningful. In my academic research, I never tire of exploring the complexity of Renaissance Europe. My current research focuses on women poets, female voices, and gender as a lyric construct. While my interests may at first glance seem diverse, they reflect my belief that every individual’s narrative is unique and deserves to be heard and preserved.