James Austin, Associate Professor of French, Chair of the French Department

James Austin

Associate Professor of French, Chair of the French Department

Proust • French film


Ronan Chalmin

Lecturer of French

Eighteenth-century philosophy, political thought, and science • Revolution and counter-revolution • The French Revolution’s Impact on the Caribbean colonies • The problem of equality in 18th-century thought

Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies

Nathalie Etoke

Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies

Africana studies (film, literature, philosophy) • LGBT in the Afro-diasporic context • Melancholia Africana (loss, mourning and survival in Africa, America and the Caribbean) • Cultural studies (immigration, post-Colonial French identities, French Hip Hop, urban films)


Catherine J. Spencer, Professor of French

Catherine J. Spencer

Professor of French

17th century French literature • French cinema • Theory (structuralism & Post); Gay and Lesbian/Queer theory • "Bande dessinee" - Franco-Belgian comics


Ramla Bedoui

Adjunct Visiting Professor