James Austin, Associate Professor of French

James Austin

Associate Professor of French

(On sabbatical Spring 2017)

Proust • French film


Ronan Y. Chalmin

Senior Lecturer of French

Eighteenth-century literature, philosophy and science • The French and Atlantic revolutions • The revolutionary eloquence

Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Chair of the French Department

Nathalie Etoke

Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Chair of the French Department

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)


Lovia Mondesir

Visiting Assistant Professor of French

19th French literature • French realism and history • Francophone literature and culture

Benjamin C.  Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor of French

French cultures and literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries • French symbolism • Belle Époque culture (poetry, periodicals, painting)

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