French Faculty

Dr. Christopher Bains

Associate Professor of French
Faculty Advisor, Cafe des Mondes

Dr. Christopher Bains is an Assistant Professor of French at Texas Tech University. He completed his doctoral studies at the Sorbonne in French and Comparative Literature. His dissertation, De l’esthétisme au modernisme, is forthcoming with Honoré Champion. He teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including French cinema, literary theory, French civilization, nineteenth-century prose, short story, and conversation.

Office: FL 201A/250

Dr. Carole Edwards

Associate Professor of French
Graduate Recruiter and Convener
Director, Study Abroad in Reims Program (2010 - Present)

Carole Edwards received her doctorate from Purdue University in French with an emphasis on Francophone Studies. In her recent book on West Indian Francophone dramatists, she focuses on giving a voice to women writers of the Diaspora, a marginalized group of authors living in French Caribbean, away from mainland France. Her current research interests also include Sub-Saharan writers and their interpretation of the notion of sacrifice; literary theory and the teaching of French and Francophone theater. As a teacher, she continues to abide by the learning-centered methodology. She utilizes a communicative approach in her classes, stressing interactive and student-centered instruction. She believes that “an educator should foster an environment where teaching and scholarship coexist to the benefit of students, faculty, and the community.”
At the undergraduate level, Dr. Edwards teaches French grammar; Commercial and Business French and literature survey classes.
At the graduate level, she teaches the following courses: Fren 5310 Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Fren 5311 From the Baroque to the Revolution.

Office: FL 263

Dr. Andrea Jonsson

Assistant Professor of French

Dr. Andrea Jonsson completed her PhD in French in 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh where she specialized in 20th and 21st-Century French literature and culture. Her work on French Slam poetry and Contemporary theatre analyzes the play between textuality and orality through the lens of Performance and Affect Studies. Her research has served as a framework for how to treat text as a performance, and how the link between affect and performance serves as a community builder in marginal populations. Dr. Jonsson teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate classes such as the French Short Story and Contemporary French Theatre. She integrates pop culture, humor, and slam poetry exercises into all her classes and is passionate about teaching students how to think critically and write well.

Office: FL 257A


Dr. Joseph E. Price

Assistant Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Coordinator, Basic French Language

Office: FL 262
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Dr. Starra Priestaf

Assistant Professor of French
Texas Tech French Club Advisor & Interim Dir. Of Grad Studies

Starra Priestaf completed her PhD in French at Emory University where she specialized in seventeenth-century French literature and culture. Her research and teaching interests include early modern French studies, literary theory, medical humanities, and psychoanalysis.

Office: FL 228