I was most recently a faculty member at UCLA in the department of French & Francophone Studies, where I taught French literature, language, and culture. (Incorporating food studies whenever possible, of course!) Before coming to Los Angeles I taught French, theater history, and Latin at UC Santa Cruz, where I earned my PhD in Literature. (Go Banana Slugs!)
In addition to my regular teaching, I regularly give lectures and lead workshops at other campuses and organizations. You can view my complete academic CV, including publications and conferences, here.
Courses taught at UCLA:
Introduction to French Culture and Civilization (in English)
Introduction to French and Francophone Literature (in French)
Written Expression: Techniques of Description & Narration (in French)
Literature and Music from Romanticism to Modernism (in French)
Studies in 18th-Century Literature: The Epistolary Novel (in French)
French & Francophone Theater in Translation (in English)
The Literary Animal (in French — Senior Capstone Seminar)
At UC Santa Cruz:
Latin 1-2 (first-year language)
French 1-2 (first-year language)
Roman Poetry: Vergil’s Aeneid
Ancient and Medieval Drama
I study performance histories; my research lives at the intersections of poetry, drama, and music in early modern Europe. I’m particularly interested in exploring the work of women and other historically marginalized writers (such as the playwright Leone de’ Sommi, the subject of my recent article). My innovative, multidisciplinary approach has been recognized with numerous fellowships, grants, and awards. Most recently, my article “Sibylline Voices: Prophecy and Power at the Medici Theater” was awarded the 2020 SCSC Literature Prize for the best literature paper published in The Sixteenth Century Journal.
I’m currently working on two scholarly book projects. One is on voice and performance in Renaissance drama, a project that began as my dissertation and has since developed in exciting new directions. The other is an essay collection that I’m co-editing, on translations and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s under contract and set to be published in 2020; details coming soon!
You can read more about my scholarship, academic publications and talks here, and translations here. If you’re looking for a researcher to consult on a creative project, contact me to find out more about what I do.