Deborah Lee-Ferrand, Associate Teaching Professor of French Studies, received her M.A and Ph.D. in French Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She also earned an M.A in English Studies from the Université Montpellier III, Paul Valéry in France. She most recently taught at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, after spending a year at William & Mary as a French House Fellow in 08-09.
Her research investigates the parallels between food and literary productions that are particularly dominant in the role that France has played in the domination of Francophone culinary and literary art productions. She examines how chefs, authors, and journalists fight back this French hegemony to reclaim and redefine their cultural inheritance.
Her research and teaching interests revolve around food studies, gender and sex, cinema and medieval, twentieth and twenty-first century francophone literatures and cultures. At William and Mary, her teaching ranges from language classes to courses on writing, culture, literature, and cinema.
Her last article entitled “Enracinement et déracinement gustatifs dans Le baobab fou de Ken Bugul » was published in Nouvelles Études Francophones.