Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Graduate Recruiter and director of Graduate Studies
Director, Study Abroad in Reims, France Program (2010 - Present)
Carole Edwards received her doctorate from Purdue University in French with an emphasis on Francophone Studies. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Edwards teaches French grammar; Commercial and Business French, Francophone Culture and Film, and literature survey classes. At the graduate level, she teaches Postcolonial literature and theory, and translation. As a 20th/21th Century scholar, her research interests include North African, Sub-Saharan and Caribbean Francophone literature. She published a monograph on Francophone women dramatists (L'Harmattan 2008), a volume on Sacrifice (Rodopi 2014), and is co-directing a volume with Françoise Cevaër on the Representation of the loser in French-speaking Film and literature (Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2018). She has also published articles ranging from literature, history to cultural studies (Expressions maghrébines, women in French Studies, Routledge, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, The French Review etc). She is currently working on a monograph on French writer Laurent Gaudé.
Office: FL 263
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 249
Assistant Professor of French & Applied Linguistics
Dr. Kristen Michelson earned her doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona in 2015 specializing in multiliteracies approaches to foreign language teaching and learning. Her research is anchored in intersections between human action and experience, and cultural texts, with a particular focus on pedagogical and technological innovations in foreign language teaching and learning that call explicit attention to culture, affect, identities, and ideological discourses. In her courses you can expect to be challenged to reflect on biases and beliefs and to learn through collaborative, discovery-oriented activities. Dr. Michelson is also responsible for directing the first and second year French program, including curriculum and assessment development and instructor training and professional development.
Assistant Professor of French
Dr. Lucas Wood earned his doctorate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He specializes in medieval French literature and is particularly interested in the simultaneous production and deconstruction of literary, socio-political, and gendered ideologies in Old French fiction and especially in courtly and chivalric cultures. As well as teaching medieval and early modern literature at the graduate level, Dr. Wood leads a wide range of undergraduate courses aimed at developing students' French communication skills through provocative exercises in close reading and cultural criticism.
Office: FL 257A