Titles: Associate Professor of French
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Heritage Hall 560
Catherine Daniélou (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1991) was born and raised in France. After getting a Licence in English and a Maîtrise in American History from the Université de Paris III, Nouvelle-Sorbonne, she went on to study French literature and American history in the United States. Her area of specialization is seventeenth-century French literature, with emphasis on the moralist writers. Her current research interests include early modern French women writers, the study of aging in Ancien Régime France, the influence of Michel de Montaigne's Essays on writings by women, and the theme of exile. She is interested in innovative ideas and defining a vision for French Studies in North America. Although her administrative appointment is currently keeping her away from the classroom, she believes in the value of interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, and especially likes to teach seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and civilization, pre-revolutionary French history, advanced French grammar and translation, as well as world cultures. She finds her administrative work quite meaningful, challenging, and interesting. Aside from her work at UAB, she enjoys offering immersion workshops for teachers of French, and serves her profession as Region IV Representative for the American Association of Teachers of French. Her hobbies used to include playing golf and gardening. Now it's mostly feeding the neighborhood's birds and watching them, playing with her cat, reading and going to the movies.