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, 1986

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

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Cultural policy, the arts and urban regeneration, theatre and performance, place and emplacement, heritage, the anthropology of Europe, France, Marseille

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances


Ingram, Mark. 2011. Rites of the Republic:'Citizens' theatre' and the politics of culture in Southern France. University of Toronto Press. Reviewed in French Studies 66(1): 122, January 2012.


Ingram, Mark. In progress. "Fault lines and bridges in the Mediterranean City: memory and site-specific performance in Marseille." Book chapter for edited volume: Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francophonies.

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

Ingram, Mark. 2011 (Spring). "The politics of the arts and French republican identity: The living legacy of state cultural policy since 1959." Perspectives on Europe. Journal of the Council for European Studies 41(1): 15-20.

Ingram, Mark. 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 10(1): 14-25.

Ingram, Mark, 2009. "The Artist and the City in 'Euro-Mediterranean' Marseille: Redefining State Cultural Policy in an Era of Transnational Governance." City and Society: Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology 21(2): 268-92.


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, 2013.

Review: Language Learners in Study Abroad Contexts by Margaret A. DuFon and Eton Churchill (eds), in The Modern Language Journal, Spring, vol. 92, no.1: pp. 140-42, 2008.

Commissioned Review: Renouveau et décentralisation du théâtre 1945-1981, by Pascale Goetschel, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Summer, vol. 25, no. 2: pp. 151-53, 2007.


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

(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 (2014)

"City space and performances of the heritage of low-income neighborhoods in Marseille". Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy, June 5-7 (2014)

"Urban Arts in Europe: New publics and politics". Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe Luncheon Roundtable, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November (2013).

"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. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, November, 2011

"Arts circulation and the public nature of performance in Amsterdam, Casablanca, and Marseille". Session: Structured inequalities and assemblages in motion. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans. November, 2010.

"Teaching with a Digital Textbook: Where Experimental Ethnography Meets Pedagogical Innovation". EDULEARN10, the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Session (Chair): Technology-Enhanced Learning (1). Barcelona, Spain, July 5-7, 2010.


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)

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

(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.



Mark Ingram is Professor of French at Goucher. His research has addressed cultural policy, the arts and urban regeneration, and the politics of artistic practice and performance, the theatre in particular. His most recent work centers on urban heritage in Marseille. He loves teaching courses on French language, society and culture at all levels, including beginning French, Current Events in Fifth Republic France, and Special Topics in French Culture and Civilization. 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 Department colleague Rebecca Free (which concludes with capstone theatre productions on campus that he has very much enjoyed helping to produce), and also teaches a course cross-listed in Sociology/Anthropology and History on the anthropology of contemporary Europe. He presents regularly at professional conferences such as the Society for French Historical Studies and the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.