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Teaching & Research Interests

  • French Colonialism in the classical age
  • Classical Literature and Culture
  • Contemporary French Culture
  • Narrative
  • Women's Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Understanding Contemporary France through the Classical Age


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • ACLS GRANT 1999

Selected Publications

  • Colonizer or Colonized. The Hidden Stories of Early Modern France (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
  • “Colonization: A Love Story. The Amerindians’ ‘Voluntary Subjection’ to Mother France in the Seventeenth Century,” in Law and Culture: Structures of Feeling, ed. Susan McClary (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2012), 90-105.
  • Discourses of the Fall: A Study of Pascal's Pensées (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986).
  • Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution, co-edited with Leslie Rabine (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992). Introduction by Sara E. Melzer and Leslie W. Rabine.
  • From the Royal to the Republican Body: Incorporating the Political in 17th and 18th Century France, co-edited with Kathryn Norberg (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998). Introduction by Sara E. Melzer and Kathryn Norberg.
  • "Magic and the Conversion of 'Outsiders' into 'Insiders' in the French Empire," in Essays on Magic from the Bible to Buffalo Bill, ed. Amy (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006), 178-210.
  • "The French Relation and Its "Hidden" Colonial History," in Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America, ed. Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2005), 220-240.
  • "Le Nouveau Monde et La Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes dans le Furetière," in Littératures classiques, ed. Hélène Merlin, No. 47, Hiver 2003, 133-148.
  • Time, Myth and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns: Racine and Fontenelle,” in Time, Space and Structure, eds. Leonard Koff and Nancy Van Deusen (Leiden: Brill Press, 2015).
  • “France’s Colonial Strategy of Cultural Assimilation,” in Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas. Intertextual Transfers, Intellectual Disputes and Textualities, eds. Marc-André Bernier, Clorinda Donato and Hans Lusebrink” (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2014). 

Honors and Awards

  • ACS GRANT 1999