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


  • Monograph 

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

-Monograph in progress, 

From Law to Custom: Institutional Discourses in the Heptaméron

an exploration of the intersections of the Heptaméron and legal, religious, and courtly discourses of the Renaissance

  • Editions and Collections

-Editor: Miracles of Love: French Fairy Tales by Women, edited by Nora Martin Peterson, with translations by Jordan Stump. MLA Texts and Translations Series (2021).

-Co-editor (with Lisa DeTora, Jodi Cressman, and Jeannie Ludlow), Embodiment in the Health Humanities. Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, expected 2023.

  • Selected Peer-reviewed articles

      -"What Does Rape Look Like? Textual and Visual Representations of Sexual Assault in the Heptaméron (1559)."  Explorations in Renaissance Culture, vol. 49, no. 1 (2023): 82-120.

-"'Il me prit un frisson si grand': Writing the Body in the Mémoires and Letters of Marguerite de Valois." Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 17, no 1 (Fall 2022): 56-75.

-“Parler ou mourir: Speech and Danger in the Heptaméron.” Forthcoming, French Forum, vol. 27, no. 2-3, pp. 109-123.

-"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 Romantic Review 103.1-2 (2012): 233-253.

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

-"'The Truth Will Out:' Blushing Involuntary Confession and Self-Knowledge in the Heptaméron.Renaissance and Reformation 32.2 (2009): 33-52.

Courses Taught at Nebraska

  • MODL/GLST 101, Windows to the World
  • MODL 189H, Gender in World Literature
  • MODL 291, Becoming American
  • FREN 201/2/210, Intermediate French
  • FREN 204, Advanced Composition
  • FREN 301, Survey of French Literature I
  • FREN 302, Themes in French Literature (Happiness)
  • FREN/ENGL/WMNS/MRST 388, Body Language: Love, Politics, and the Self in French Literature
  • FREN 445/845, Topics in Medieval and Early Modern French Writing: Love and Death
  • FREN 445/845, French Autofiction
  • FREN 457/857, Modern French Writing: The Refugee Experience
  • FREN 482/882, Short Fiction: French Fairy Tales
  • FREN 491/891, Forbidden Love
  • MODL 870, Introduction to Literary Theory
  • FREN 929, Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • FREN 929, French Women Writers
  • FREN 929, Slow Reading Series: The Heptaméron
  • FREN 929, Slow Reading Series: Montaigne
  • FREN 929, La querelle des femmes

Research Interests

Early modern literature and culture, with particular interests in French women's writing; the body; and intersections between literature and religious, legal, and courtly documents.

Fields of Specialization

  • Women's Writing
  • La Querelle des Femmes
  • Embodiment
  • Comparative Literature
  • Fairy Tales
  • Health Humanities
  • Marguerite de Navarre

Awards and Honors

  • 2021-22 BTAA DEO Fellow (CAS Representative)
  • 2019 Honors Program Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2016 UNL CAS Distinguished Teaching Award

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, the University of Delaware Press French Studies 
  • Delegate, MLA LLC 16th Century French forum (through 2025)
  • Panel Chair, SCSC (2022, 2021, 2019)
  • 2020-21 Participating Scholar, 72 days of Heptaméron (public reading project, Nov. 1, 2020-Jan. 11, 2021).
  • Founding Member, Marguerite de Navarre Society Co-organizer, ACLA 2012 conference in Providence, RI.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies