Years at Knox: 1982 to present
Ph.D., French, 1983, University of Virginia.
M.A., French, 1977, University of Virginia.
Post-baccalaureate, French, 1974-1975, The College of William and Mary.
B.A., History with honors, 1969, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
17th century French literature; Third Republic; Dreyfus Affair; France under the German Occupation; French cinema. Issues of urban planning and gentrification in Paris; French Cinema (réalisme poétique); French national identity
Philip Green Wright-Lombard Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a tenured member of the faculty, 2009.
Dana Fellow in Residence at Dartmouth College, winter term, 1988.
Translations of the following articles in Diderot's and d'Alembert's 18th century Encyclopédie: Bon/Good; Grâce/Grace; Doute/Doubt; Sagesse/Wisdom. (All articles and translations are available on the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project website); translation of the article on Péché/Sin is currently in preparation.
Campus & Community Involvement
Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2002-05; 2006-to present.
Resident Director of Knox College Program in Besançon, 1984-85; 1988-90; 1994-96; 1999-2001.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.