French Studies

The Department of French Studies gives students at all levels the tools they need to understand the intellectual and cultural contributions of French-speaking regions of the world.   At the undergraduate level, we offer a full range of rigorous and innovative language classes and a wide selection of advanced courses in literature and culture.  In conjunction with OIP, the Department administers study abroad programs in Paris and Lyon.  At the graduate level, our curriculum covers fields in French and Francophone literature from the Ancien Régime to the present and from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Our faculty are leading scholars with specialties in periods from the 16th to the 21st centuries and with interests in anthropology, creative writing, cultural studies, the history of ideas, gender and sexuality studies, film, postcolonial studies, poststructuralist thought, second language acquisition, and translation.  Through all its endeavors, the Department of French Studies provides a venue for exploring the place of linguistic and cultural differences in our increasingly interconnected world.

Faculty Administrative Positions

Blume, Janet, Interim Chair of French Studies

Schultz, Gretchen, Co-Chair Of French Studies

Faculty Positions

Ahearn, Edward, University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and French Studies

Alsahoui, Maan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of French Studies

Bensmaia, Reda, University Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Comparative Literature

Bossy, Michel-Andre, Professor Emeritus of French Studies

Durand, Laura, Professor Emerita of French Studies

Golopentia, Sanda, Professor Emerita of French Studies

Izzo, Justin, Assistant Professor of French Studies

Kervennic, Youenn, Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Krause, Virginia, Professor of French Studies

Majewski, Henry, Professor Emeritus of French Studies

Mostefai, Ourida, Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies

Ravillon, Stephanie, Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Ravindranathan, Thangam, Associate Professor of French Studies

Schultz, Gretchen, Professor of French Studies

Seifert, Lewis, Professor of French Studies

Wiart, Annie, Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Wills, David, Professor of French Studies

Wimmers, Inge, Professor Emerita of French Studies