Mark Ingram

Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Van Meter 202


Ph.D. (Dual degree: French Studies/ Cultural Anthropology), New York University, 1996

M.A. (Romance Linguistics), University of Washington, 1984

B.A. (French Language and Literature), Western Washington University, 1979

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Anthropology of France and Europe, history of modern France, contemporary French theatre, French foodways

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances


2016 "Emplacement and the politics of heritage in low-income neighborhoods of Marseille"in International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 22 No.2 Feb/Mar 2016. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2015.1068212

2013 Commissioned Review: Trade of the Tricks. Inside the Magician's Craft by Graham M. Jones, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 31, 2 (summer):149-51.

2011 Rites of the Republic. 'Citizens theatre' and the politics of culture in southern France. University of Toronto Press.

2010 "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.

2009 "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.

Conference Papers and Panel Participation:

2016. "Shaping Modern Times in French Studies." Presented at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, November. 

2016. "The role of short-term study abroad in the undergraduate French Studies curriculum." Presented at the Institute of French Studies Alumni Symposium, "New York University, April 12. 

2015. "Ethnographic autobiography and the performance of neighborhood identity in the quartiers nord of Marseille" in the "Vital Memories" Performance Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Montreal, July 29. 

2014. (with Rebecca Free) "'Co-construction' and public space in Marseille: What is performed by the Theatre of the Sea's neighborhood activism," presented at the American Society for Theatre Research Conference, Baltimore, November.


Helped produce (with Director and Theatre colleague Rebecca Free) performances by students of (mostly) recent French plays:

2011: Volant! (including Le Médecin Volant of Molière and Une Petite Tache Verte by Denise Bonal)
2009: Pacamambo, by Wajdi Mouawad
2007: A Coeur Perdu (including plays by Xavier Durringer, Denise Bonal, and Christian Caro)

Funded Research

Article (with Rebecca Free) "Collaborative mapping as tool for enhancing Interdisciplinary dialogue and critical student engagement in a short-term study abroad program," for special issue of International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

Book Chapter under review: "Fault lines and bridges in the Mediterranean City: memory and site-specific performance in Marseille" for edited volume: Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francophonies

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

External Awards, Honors, Grants:

2016 "The Spatial Humanities," Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, June. 

Academic or Professional Associations:

American Anthropological Association

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity:

2016 "Mapping the American Experience" Workshop, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Oct. 17-18.

Manuscript and submission review for University of Toronto Press, and journals such as French Politics, Culture and Society, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, American Ethnologist, and European Urban and Regional Studies.


Mark Ingram is professor of French at Goucher College in Baltimore. He holds a joint doctorate in French studies and cultural anthropology from NYU. His research has addressed the politics of the arts in France (the theatre in particular), a topic especially important in his book Rites of the Republic: Citizens' Theatre and the Politics of Culture in Southern France. His recent work centers on understandings of place and identity in urban performances, and collaborative map-making both for research and for use in shortterm study abroad programs. The city of Marseille has figured prominently in all these interests. He teaches courses on French language, society, and culture at all levels, and he has helped organize many on-campus residencies for visiting French theatre artists and also speakers, including anthropologists and specialists in French studies. He co-teaches a study abroad program on French theatre with Theatre Program colleague Rebecca Free (which concludes with a capstone theatre production on campus), and also teaches a course cross-listed in sociology/anthropology and history on contemporary Europe. He presents regularly at professional conferences such as the Society for French Historical Studies and the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.