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Deborah Lee-Ferrand

Visiting Instructor of French Studies

Office: Washington Hall 318
Phone: (757) 221-4149
Email: [[deleeferrand]]
Research interests: Medieval and contemporary French literature and culture; food studies; women, gender and sexuality; colonialism and post-colonialism; sub-saharan African and Maghrebi literatures and cultures; immigration; transnational studies

Deborah Lee-Ferrand, Visiting Instructor of French and Francophone Studies, is finishing her Ph.D. in French Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation is titled “Acquired Tastes: Food as Relation and Memory in Franco-African Women’s Literature.” She also earned a M.A in French Studies at the University of Minnesota as well as a “Maitrise” in English Studies from the Université Montpellier III, Paul Valéry in France.

She most recently worked as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, after spending a year at William & Mary as the tutor of the French House. Her research and teaching interests revolve around twentieth and twenty-first century francophone literatures and cultures, food studies, cinema as well as medieval literature. At William and Mary, her teaching ranges from language classes to courses on “The Craft of Writing,” French and francophone cinema and identity, and the symbolic economy of food. 

Her last article entitled “Enracinement et déracinement gustatifs dans Le baobab fou de Ken Bugul » was published in Nouvelles Études Francophones.