Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Visual and Environmental Studies
I came to Harvard in 1995 and to the Kirkland House in 2000. Trained in French literature at Columbia University (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) in French and Art History, I taught at a number of institutions (Minnesota, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Miami of Ohio, the Graduate Center of CUNY) before joining Romance Languages and, soon after, Visual and Environmental Studies. My research is devoted to literature, cinema, and cartography. In 2003-4, a Guggenheim Fellowship enabled me to complete Cartography and Cinema (2007) and to complete a translation and American edition of Marc Augé, Casablanca: Movies & Memory (2009). While on leave at Kirkland in 2007 I finished An Errant Eye: Topography and Poetry in Early Modern France (2011), a sequel to (and bookend for a new edition of) The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France (2011). In 2010 I led a seminar on film theory at the Ecole en Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and in 2011-12 I was a fellow at the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Research where I began work on À fleur de page: Voir et lire le texte de la Renaissance (published 2015) In 2011 the Université Blaise-Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) graciously awarded me an honorary doctorate. In 2014 saw publication of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard, co-edited with friend and colleague Jeff Kline (of Boston University). In 2015-16, senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. I spent sabbatical time researching garden and landscape in 16th century France. In the spring of 2016 I was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A devotee of handball (“the perfect game”), I have play at the Boston Central YMCA, a home away from home. Verena and I are proud to serve as faculty advisors to the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. We are indelible Red Sox fans who love dogs and the great outdoors.