Associate Professor of French, Chair of Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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- Tenured Associate Professor, 2006-present
- Assistant Professor, 2000-2006
- Lecturer, 1999-2000
English, French, Spanish, conversational German
- PhD in French Literature at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1999
- MA in French Literature at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1992
- BA in Philosophy at New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida, 1987
My research interests are embedded in the literature and philosophy of the French Enlightenment, especially the role of the novel, libertinism, and the rise of deism and atheism. I am also interested in language pedagogy and the use of technology to enhance the classroom experience, as the growing popularity of web-based courses provides the potential to reach more students.
- “Apprendre le français en ligne: les avantages de Français interactif,” AATF Central Texas Spring Meeting, San Marcos, TX, March 2012.
- “From Materialism to Atheism in the Work of the Baron d’Holbach,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2010.
- “Sade and the Gothic Short Fiction,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Louisville, KN, April 2009.
- “The Tyranny of Desire in Sade’s Eugénie de Franval,” South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2007.
- “Utopian Visions: A Reading of Diderot’s Supplément au voyage de Bougainville and Sade’s Aline et Valcour,” South Central Modern Languages Association, Dallas, TX,October 2006.
- “Sade contre Kant: Reason, Religion, and “Roman,” or On Curbing Immoral Behavior in the Enlightenment,” Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures, Stetson University, DeLand, FL, March 2006.
- “Charting the Rise of the Novel: Sade and Staël at the dawn of the 19th century,” South Central Modern Languages Association, New Orleans, LA, October 2004.
- “Ose savoir... mais ne te cache pas ensuite! Rousseau et Sade aux opposés des Lumières,” Conseil International d’Études Francophones, Liège, Belgium, June 2004.
- “From Sacrifices to Crimes: the Shift in Libertine Eros from Dorat to Sade,” South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2003.
- “Les Crimes de l'amour: étude du coeur et tableau des moeurs,” Premier Colloque International Sade en Amérique du Nord, Charleston, SC, March 2003.