I work primarily on transatlantic visions of the French New World in the eighteenth century with secondary interests in Enlightenment writers and Québécois identity issues. I have published or presented on subjects as disparate as transvestism in the eighteenth-century to the video game Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. After two years as an Assistant Professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, I am excited to be back at Furman. I look forward to utilizing the resources at the new Modern Language Center and French house to create compelling opportunities for student learning inside and outside the classroom. ​

In my classroom I strive to display my passion for the subject matter and to connect the material to the larger world. I see myself as a guide to help students develop deep reasoning skills and a personal engagement with learning. Moreover, I employ technology in the classroom - such as iMovie - to help students improve their "real world" skills. My teaching style respects the diversity of the classroom and of the French-speaking world through different learning activities and pedagogical approaches. ​

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Intensive Elementary French

Designed to prepare students with some background in French for the first intermediate level course. One semester equivalent of the elementary sequence.


Elementary French II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in French 111, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences. 4 credits.


French Conversation

Intense oral practice focusing on practical daily use as well as discourse on Francophone cultures and events with an emphasis on current, everyday speech. A variety of sources are used to develop listening and communication skills; improve fluency in speaking French; build vocabulary; and familiarize students with appropriate linguistic register. An introduction to French phonetics is included.


French Composition

Development of advanced writing skills in French with emphasis on advanced grammar structures, organization, idiomatic expressions, vocabulary building, and rhetorical strategies. A variety of sources are used to refine the ability to write in different genres for different occasions.


French for the Business World

This course equips students with language and cultural skills within the context of the French-speaking business world. Focus is placed on developing global competence in order to prepare students for potential career plans involving the use of French professionally.


Frn Lit of the Enlightenment

Introduction to the literature of the eighteenth century (1715-89), including essay, theater and prose fiction. Works by authors such as Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Beaumarchais and Laclos.


France. Friend or Frenemy?

Investigation of the Franco-American alliance and representations from Lafayette to Freedom Fries. Study of hot-button issues from American and French perspectives in an effort to understand the French and ourselves better.


Feminism and a New American in Sidonie de la Houssaye’s Nouvelle américaine : Cinq sous. MIFLC Review, 2016. "Frenchness and its Peripheries in Daniel Boukman's Delivrans! And Jean Barbeau's Manon Lastcall.” MIFLC Review, 2015; "Cultural Transvestism, Identity, and New France in Alain-René Lesage’s Les Avantures de Monsieur Robert Chevalier, dit de Beauchêne.” Romanic Review; (Review) White, Sophie. Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana. French Studies, January 2014.

  • ​​“A Bunch of Préverts : The Poems of Jacques Préverts and Engaged Learning Projects.” Foreign Language Association of Virginia. Williamsburg, VA, 2015.
  • "A Content-Based Approach to Advanced French Language Classes : Three Examples” at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia Conference, Williamsburg, VA. 2014.
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