I am a professor of French at the University of Virginia, where I teach courses in French cinema and French cultural studies. I have written a book on French documentary film during the interwar years, which appeared in French translation in 2013. I have also published articles on contemporary French film, film history, and colonial history. My latest book, Vivre Ici: Space, Place, and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary, was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018. I became associate dean for arts and humanities at the University of Virginia in 2019.
I have a strong interest in film, photography, and digital media, and I love getting my students involved in creative digital projects such as web design, digital storytelling, short story writing, and video production. This project-based work in a French immersion environment enhances their language development, develops their creativity and helps them to acquire skills for the 21st-century marketplace, such as effective collaboration, project design and management, visual literacy, problem solving and cross-cultural literacy.
I also designed and produced an original website, A Vos Plumes! for use by anyone wanting to practice their French grammar through video tutorials and online practice exercises (see above.)