Professor of French and Chair, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
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, performance in cross-cultural perspective
Rites of the Republic. 'Citizens theatre' and the politics of culture in southern France. University of Toronto Press (2011)
Review in French Studies, Volume 66 Issue 1, pp. 122., January 2012.
"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.
"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," City and Society: Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 268-92, 2009.
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.
"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)
(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.