Department Chair; Associate Professor of French Modern Languages & Literatures

Associate Professor of French Cultural Studies

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program | Women’s and Gender Studies Program | Global Studies Program


  • Books

Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in Early Modern France (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2016).

  • Peer-reviewed articles

-“The Impossible Strip Tease: Nudity in John Calvin and Michel de Montaigne.” Renaissance and Reformation 37.1 (2014): 65-86.

-“Tracing the Origins of Success: Implications for Successful Aging,” co-authored with Peter Martin, Iowa State University. Contribution: 75%. The Gerontologist 2014. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnu054.

-“Competing Codes and Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in the Princesse de Clèves.” The Romanic Review 103.1-2 (2012): 233-253.

-“’Innocence Interrupted:’ Bewusstsein and the Body in Heinrich von Kleist.” Colloquia Germanica 45.2 (2012): 129-143.

-Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Edited Volumes

-“Embodied Transitions in Michel de Montaigne.” Co-authored article with Peter Martin, contribution 75%. In Bodies in Transition in the Health Humanities, ed. Lisa M. DeTora and Stephanie Hilger. New York: Routledge, 2019. 121-131.

-“Sins, Sex, and Secrets: The Legacy of Confession from the Decameron to the Heptaméron.” In Reconsidering Boccaccio: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, ed. Olivia Holmes and Dana Stuart. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. 403-23.

  • Editions

-Miracles of Love: French Fairy Tales by Women, edited by Nora Martin Peterson, with translations by Jordan Stump. Under contract, MLA Texts and Translations Series.

  • Manuscript in Progress:

-Collective Parrhesia in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron

  • Invited Article Submissions

-“What Women Know: Female Knowledge in the Heptaméron.” L’Esprit Créateur 57.3 (2017): 21-32.

Courses Taught at Nebraska

  • MODL/GLST 101, Windows to the World
  • MODL 189H, Gender in World Literature
  • FREN 201/2/210, Intermediate French
  • FREN 204, Advanced Composition
  • FREN 301, Survey of French Literature I
  • FREN/ENGL/WMNS/MRST 388, Body Language: Love, Politics, and the Self in French Literature
  • FREN 457/857, Modern French Writing: The Refugee Experience
  • FREN 491/891, Forbidden Love
  • FREN 491/891, French Fairy Tales
  • FREN 491/891, Love and Death
  • FREN 491/891, French Autofiction
  • MODL 870, Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • FREN 929, Special Topics: Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • FREN 929, Special Topics: French Women Writers
  • FREN 929, Special Topics: Slow Reading: The Heptaméron
  • FREN 929, Special Topics: Slow Reading: Montaigne

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Research interests

  • Early modern literature and culture: the body and self; religion, court, torture
  • La Querelle des Femmes
  • Aging and embodiment
  • Travel narratives
  • Comparative literature
  • Literary theory
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Literary fairy tales
  • Health humanities

Awards, Honors, and Nominations

  • 2019 Honors Program Distinguished Teacher

  • 2017 UNL CAS ENHANCE Research Award

  • 2016 CAS Distinguished Teaching Award 
  • 2015 Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowship (short-term)