Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Van Meter 202
M.A. (Romance Linguistics), University of Washington, 1986
Ph.D. (Dual degree: French Studies/ Cultural Anthropology), New York University, 1996
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Cultural policy and the politics of the arts, contemporary French theatre, anthropology of Europe, ethnographic perspectives on performance, Marseille as 2013 European Capital of Culture
"Urban Arts in Europe: New publics and politics". Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe. Luncheon Roundtable, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November, 2013.
"Arts projects and social change in the northern neighborhoods of Marseille, 'European Capital of Culture' in 2013". Society for French Historical Studies Meeting, Cambridge, MA. Session: Faces of Change in France Today, April 2013.
"Hearing the Mediterranean In Performance: The Politics of Street Theatre In Marseille". Session: Sensing the Political: Materiality, Aesthetics, and Embodiment. AAA, San Francisco, November, 2012.
"Marseille. Culture Capital of Europe and the Mediterranean World". Invited lecture . Towson University, April 19, 2012.
"The 'Capital of Culture' as interpretive catalyst for the European city: Defining place in Marseille 2013"
Session: Making Places, Tracing Boundaries in the Translocal City. AAA, Montreal, November, 2011.
Selected Recent Publications
Rites of the Republic. 'Citizens theatre' and the politics of culture in southern France. University of Toronto Press (2011).
"The politics of the arts and French republican identity: The living legacy of state cultural policy since 1959" in Perspectives on Europe. Journal of the Council for European Studies, 41:1, Spring 2011, pp. 15-20 (2011).
"Promoting Europe through 'Unity in Diversity': Avignon as European Capital of Culture in 2000" in Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Volume 10 Issue 1, pp.14-25 (2010).
"The Artist and the City in 'Euro-Mediterranean' Marseille: Redefining State Cultural Policy in an Era of Transnational Governance" in City and Society: Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 268-92 (2009).
Trade of the Tricks. Inside the Magician's Craft by Graham M. Jones, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 31, 2 (summer):149-51 (2013).
French Theatre Study Abroad Capstone Productions
Helped produce (with Director/Theatre colleague Rebecca Free) French-language plays performed by students
2013 : Les Pieds des Anges by Evelyne de la Chenelière
2011: Volant! (including Molière's Le Médecin Volant and Une Petite Tache Verte by Denise Bonal)
2009: Pacamambo, by Wajdi Mouawad
2007: A Coeur Perdu (short plays by Xavier Durringer, Denise Bonal, and Christian Caro)
Recent French Theatre Guest Artist Residencies
Autour d'Albert Camus, Two French-language performances of works by Camus during one-week residency of French theatre artists from the Marseille Theatre Conservatory. Co-organized with Theatre colleague Rebecca Free, including travel and residence logistics, class visits, and workshops, Spring 2013.
Le Malade Imaginaire, Two French-language performances of Molière's play during one-week residency of the T.R.A.C. (Théâtre Rural d'Animation Culturelle de Beaumes de Venise). Co-organized with Theatre colleague Rebecca Free, including logistics, casting of Goucher students in certain roles, and rehearsals. Spring 2012.
Molière l'Imaginaire, Marseille Theatre Conservatory students. With Rebecca Free, Spring 2011.
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, the T.R.A.C. of Beaumes de Venise. With Rebecca Free, Spring 2009.
Autour de Daniel Keene, Marseille Theatre Conservatory students. With Rebecca Free, Spring 2008.
(with Theatre colleague Rebecca Free) Le Prix des Cent Livres-Emmanuelle Marie 2010. Awarded by French playwrights (the Écrivains Associés du Théâtre with the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) to one individual or institution each year for their stagings of contemporary French plays.