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French and Italian

Taper Hall of Humanities 155
(213) 740-3700
FAX: (213) 746-7297

Chair: Natania Meeker, Ph.D.


Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French: Peggy Kamuf, Ph.D.*

Professors: Moshe Lazar, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature); Karen Elyse Pinkus, Ph.D.; Margaret F. Rosenthal, Ph.D.*

Associate Professors: Natania Meeker, Ph.D.; Panivong Norindr, Ph.D.; Vanessa Schwartz, Ph.D. (History)

Assistant Professors: Edwin Hill, Ph.D.; Antonia Szabari, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice of French: Alain Borer, Ph.D.

Associate Professors (teaching) French: Carol A. Hofmann, Ph.D. (Director, French Language Program); Beatrice Mousli-Bennett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (teaching) Italian: Francesca Italiano, Ph.D. (Director, Italian Language Program)

Assistant Professor (teaching) French: Colin Keaveney, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Nathalie C. Burle, Ed.D.; Julia Chamberlain, Ph.D.; Paulette Chandler, Ph.D.; Alessio A. Filippi, Ph.D.; Antonio Idini, Ph.D.; Francesca Leardini, Ph.D.; Julie Nack Ngue, Ph.D.; Atiyeh Doreen Showrai, M.A.; M. Cristina Villa, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Marie-Florine Bruneau, Ph.D.; Albert Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques

Emeritus Associate Professor: Arthur E. Babcock, Ph.D.

Associated Faculty

Professors: Elinor Accampo, Ph.D. (History); Joseph Dane, Ph.D. (English); Eunice Howe, Ph.D. (Art History); Nancy Troy, Ph.D. (Art History)

Associate Professor: David Rollo, Ph.D. (English)

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of French and Italian offers majors and minors in both French and Italian. The study of French or Italian involves the mastery of the languages and their literary and cultural expressions in fiction, non-fiction, dramatic, cinematic and poetic texts, as well as the study of social and political institutions within the context of intellectual history.

The department offers a variety of classes in French and Italian, as well as some courses with readings and discussion in English to satisfy diverse needs. Topics range broadly from the study of a single author to a literary genre; from current events to cinema; from gender studies to literary criticism.

Courses are kept small to allow for maximum interaction between students and professors. Students in both French and Italian work closely with their advisors to develop an appropriate course of study. This often involves study abroad. The department runs summer programs in Dijon, France and Verona, Italy; students also attend semester-long programs in Paris and Florence or Rome.

Graduate Programs

The Department of French and Italian offers, under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School, an M.A. and Ph.D. in French.