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The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures is pleased to welcome the addition of two faculty members for Fall 2015.

Caroline Bishop, PhD
Assistant Professor, Classics

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After holding interviews at the annual meetings of the Society for Classical Studies in New Orleans in early January, CMLL was fortunate to hire a new tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Caroline Bishop,
who will be joining the department in Fall 2015. Dr. Bishop completed her Ph.D. at the University of
Pennsylvania in 2011 and has been a visiting lecturer at Indiana University in Bloomington. We are
extremely happy to welcome her as a new colleague!



Andrea Jonsson, PhD
Assistant Professor, French

I am very excited to be joining the CMLL faculty this fall as Assistant Professor of French. Let me introduce myself: I grew up in Bozeman, Montana, a small college and ski town in the Rocky Mountains in a musical Swedish-American home. I did my undergraduate degree in violin performance at McGill University in Montreal. When I had a chance to leave my practice room, I quickly realized that the colloquial French my maternal grandmother had taught me would not take me far in Quebec. I started studying French with gusto, and studied abroad at the university and conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France in my third year. Aix is where I met my husband Guillaume, a Parisian who loves the South of France. After finishing my degree at McGill, I headed back to France—to Paris this time, where I stayed four years teaching and consulting for advertising agencies. As in love with Paris as I was, I longed to go back to school and study literature. So we packed up our little apartment in the 19th arrondissement and headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I got my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. While I was teaching, reading, researching, and writing, my husband and I restored a big, old Victorian house, adopted a street dog, and had two children, Antonia and Emeric.

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Because of my travels, hobbies, and performance background, my research interests have centered on how a poetic and musical performing arts community can become a home for marginalized members of a society. I am particularly interested in the play between the written and spoken word and how reading or listening to a recording of a live moment can expand and engage with the feelings a live performance creates. I have been interested in contemporary theatre in which the actors/characters are influenced emotionally by the performance space, and how that mimics language's relationship to text. More recently, I have been working on French slam artists and associations, striving to go above and beyond a cultural studies analysis of the genre to look at how the words, rhythms, and rhymes take on a life of their own.

In my free time, you can often find me in the kitchen improvising on a fun new recipe and then sharing it with friends. I love to hike, but never without a good picnic. I read constantly, but it's best when it's for pleasure. I love being told a good story, which is why I love podcasts, audio books, and talk radio, and love live story and poetry slams even more. I write my own short stories, and have had several published. Playing my violin makes me very happy, and I also enjoy plunking at the piano. I jog, but will probably never run a marathon, and I'm passionate about my children and my pets.