Scott Gunther

Professor of French and Francophone Studies

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

Scott Gunther is a specialist of contemporary French culture and society. His interests include the mass media, gender and sexuality, France’s role in the European Union, Franco-American relations, the tastes of the French bourgeoisie, gender inclusivity/neutrality in the French language, and comparative (French/American) law. He teaches from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, relying on the contributions of disciplines as diverse as sociology, law, gender and sexuality studies, anthropology, history, sociolinguistics, and cultural studies. He has published articles on the regulation of sexuality in France, contemporary queer political movements in France, the cultural tastes of the French bourgeoisie, and the possibilities for gender-inclusive/gender-neutral language in French. His book, The Elastic Closet: A History of Homosexuality in France, 1942-Present, examines LGBTQ politics in contemporary France with a focus on the complex relationship between French republican values and the possibilities they offer for social change.


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

Current and upcoming courses

An examination of sexualities and genders in France, from the ancien régime to the present, that signifies the ways in which sexuality and gender have been conceptualized differently in France than in places like the United States. At the end of the semester, the course will focus on recent changes in discussions of gender and sexuality and address the issue of whether traditional paradigms for explaining gender and sexuality in France still apply or whether the French might be entering a new sexual era.