Eighteenth-century French literature and culture.
Areas of research interest: my research unfolds at the intersection of the French Enlightenment and the Medical Humanities. Having begun my career by investigating the intellectual and cultural history of sensibility, I continue to be fascinated by historical constructs of the mind/body relation and altered psychic states. I am equally interested in the conceptual transfers or cross-fertilizations that occurred between biomedical discourse, literary production, and moral/social philosophy during and after the Enlightenment era. My current book project is"The Culture of Convulsions in France, 1700 to 1900."
Major Administrative Positions within Department of French and Italian:
Chair, Department of French and Italian, August 2008-June 2011
Associate Chair for French, Department of French and Italian, 2004-2006 and 2012-2013
Director of Graduate Studies for French MA/Ph.D. programs, 2014-2016
Graduate Advisor, French MA/Ph.D. program
Pickard-Bascom Professor of French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-2021
Visiting International Fellow of UK Society for French Studies, May-June 2017
Vilas Associate Award (research support), University of Wisconsin, 1999-2001
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1997-98