Martine Guyot-Bender, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor and Chair of French

License d'Anglais option Linguistique, University of Metz; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oregon
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Areas of expertise: French 20th- and 21st-century literature and film, narrative representation of trauma (war, poverty); social documentary from the 1970s to today; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France (Patrick Modiano); women writers (Amélie Nothomb, Assia Djebar, Simone de Beauvoir)

Martine Guyot-Bender, who has a doctorate from the University of Oregon, specializes in 20th-century French studies. Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language. She is the author of Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano and the co-editor of Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano. Recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes, French popular fiction and French cinema and media, among other work. She is a co-editor of Women in French Newsletter. She is doing research on French militant documentary film.

Roberta Krueger, the Burgess Professor of French

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
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Areas of expertise: medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture, medieval and early modern women writers, Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pizan, Antoine de la Sale, medieval European courtly romance, medieval and early modern conduct books, and French language pedagogy

Roberta Krueger has edited and contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000) and is the author of Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance (Cambridge, 1993). She recently translated, with Jane H. M. Taylor, a late medieval French romance by Antoine de la Sale, published as Jean de Saintré: A Late Medieval Education in Love and Chivalry (University of Pennsylvania, 2014). She has published numerous articles on medieval French romance and conduct literature and on medieval and Renaissance women writers. Her latest project examines the interplay of didactic discourse and courtly and “uncourtly” fictions in French vernacular manuscript compilations, circa 1160-1450. She is a founding co-editor of the Medieval Feminist Newsletter and co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.


Cynthia Laborde, Visiting Assistant Professor of French

B.A., University of Franche-Comté; M.A., University of Wyoming; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D. in French, University of Iowa
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Areas of expertise: 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century literature, autobiography, comic books and graphic novel, translation and pedagogy

Born and raised in Paris, Cynthia Laborde received her bachelor's degree in France from the University of Franche-Comté at Besançon in French literature and teaching French as a second language. She received a master's in French literature from the University of Wyoming, and a master's in translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She just completed her doctorate in French and Francophone world studies at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation examines how French language autobiographical comic books (also known as graphic novels) approach the topic of health and disease and links it closely with questions of identity formation.

Cheryl Morgan, Professor of French

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Columbia University
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Areas of expertise: 19th-century literature, in particular French women writers, literary humor and urban literature

Cheryl Morgan is a specialist in 19th-century literature with particular interest in French women writers, literary humor and urban literature. She has contributed articles about Delphine Gay de Girardin to Symposium, Romantisme and Modernity and the Mass Press in Nineteenth-Century France.  Morgan wrote an article on Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le noir" for the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, among other scholarly work. Morgan is working on a cultural critical biography of Gay de Girardin and editing a collection of articles devoted to French women's humor post-1789. She earned her doctorate from Columbia University.

Joseph Mwantuali, Professor of French

B.A. and M.A., University of Zaire; M.S., New Hampshire College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
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Areas of expertise: Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures and 20th-century avant-garde French literature

Throughout much of the 1980s, prior to coming to the United States, Joseph Mwantuali served as a teacher, trainer and language coordinator at the U.S. Peace Corps training centers in Zaire and Burundi. He has written five books in French: Michel Leiris et le Négro-Africain, Paris: Nouvelles du Sud, 1999; Septuagénaire, University Press of the South, New Orleans, 2000, and L’impair de la nation, Yaoundé, Clé, 2007, Tell This to My Mother (novel). Texas: SBPRA (2013), and Le Discours africain à l’ère des exorcistes (“African Discourse in the Era of the Exorcists”). Panafrika/Silex/Nouvelles du Sud, Paris. 2014. He also has written several articles on French and African literatures. He earned his doctorate in French at Pennsylvania State University.


Pamela Diaz, Visiting Instructor of French

B.A., Cornell University; M.A., University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: French language pedagogy and medieval French literary culture

Pamela Diaz's teaching and research focuses on medieval French, Spanish and Latin literatures, especially le Roman de Renart and Ysengrimus. She also focuses on: manuscript studies (codicology and paleography,) medieval philosophy, animal studies, oral traditions, 12th-century reform and social change, history of ideas and foreign language pedagogy, especially with the integration of medieval studies. She received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is working on completing her doctorate in French and medieval studies. The title of her dissertation is "Unruly Language in the Roman de Renart."