Senior Profile: Sarah Lettau (french & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I initially wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue my studies in French at William & Mary, but since taking a French class the spring of my freshman year, I haven’t looked back! From the Montpellier summer program with Professor Fauvel to writing my honors thesis on the Harkis with Professor Leruth, the French program… Read More

Senior Profile: Leah Roemer (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I came to W&M thinking, “I’m just going to take a French class for fun, I probably won’t major in it.” My first semester in Professor Compan’s Cross-Cultural Perspectives class made me fall in love with the French Department and find a home here. I decided to take on a French minor. The more French… Read More

Senior Profile: Kerin Daly (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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From my first class to my last class in the French department, the professors have been intelligent, organized, and compassionate. My professors encouraged me to major in French in addition to my Government major, and they have been there to help in any way they could. I have enjoyed the people in the department, whether… Read More

Senior Profile: Kathryn Ault (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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When I came to William & Mary, I knew I wanted to continue my previous studies of French language and culture. I began with a single class in French & Francophone Studies, and before long, I had met so many supportive and encouraging professors and classmates, and expanded the depth and breadth of my learning… Read More

Senior Profile: Katherine Williams (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I am so grateful for the past four years studying French at William and Mary. C’était une joie! I will always remember analyzing revolutionary cartoons from Professor Pacini’s French Revolution Class, discussing everything from Amélie to Agnes Varda with Professor Brutsche, and listening to Professor Brehm play jazz in our class on French Bohemia. I loved… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Knoche (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As a double major in French & Francophone Studies and Global Studies, through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, I have been able to continue my study of French in addition to learning both Italian and Spanish. During my junior year, I had the pleasure of serving as the resident assistant of the French language… Read More

Senior Profile: Anna Hamel (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I am proud to be graduating with a degree in French and Francophone Studies. What began as simple appreciation of the language itself has blossomed into so much more. Through this program, I have learned about wide swaths of the world. I have been exposed to the rich history of France, which continues to amaze… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexander Hayes (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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Through the French Department, I was able to study abroad in Montpellier during my fall semester of 2017. I traveled all around France to Bordeaux, Lille, Paris, and various cities in the South of France. Through the university, I took engaging courses on French private law and sociology. The best part of the experience was… Read More

Senior Profile: Lydia Funk (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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While I never anticipated pursuing a degree in a foreign language when I arrived at William & Mary, the French Program and the Department of Modern Languages has become my home during my time at the College. I love the richness of the courses offered in Washington Hall, and benefited from both the Italian and… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexandra Cole (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As an Accounting and French & Francophone Studies double major, French classes have always provided me with an opportunity to engage with culturally stimulating material (and give my brain a break from numbers!). Language and culture study has helped me understand business interactions on a global scale. The highlight of my time with the Modern… Read More

Senior Profile: Arin Atak (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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Over the past four years, Erin has dedicated herself to public service work within the community of WM and the surrounding City. Erin helped co-found the Tribe Attaché, an international relations student run publication, and was involved in several other organizations on campus where she created meaningful friendships. Additionally, Erin has worked with both the… Read More

Jesse Tanson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18) Receives Highest Honors for Thesis on French Hip Hop


Throughout his time at W&M, Jesse Tanson has studied a wide range of topics in French and Francophone Studies, including cinema, literature, and creative writing. Jesse studied abroad in Strasbourg through the IFE program and worked in cinema there. He was also the recipient of the French program’s most prestigious award: the McCormack-Reboussin scholarship, which supports significant undergraduate… Read More

Celebration of “la Francophonie”!


Every year, the month of March features a week dedicated to the French-speaking world: la Francophonie! The diverse cultures and accents of la Francophonie are celebrated throughout the world with art, festivals, and cultural events; and William and Mary is no exception! Prof. Angela Leruth organized a series of fun and engaging events including an… Read More

Maryse Fauvel Lecture Series


This exciting new lecture series recognizing the distinguished career of Prof. Maryse Fauvel began with a lecture entitled “Screening Racialized France: Immigration, Discrimination, and Citizenship in Contemporary French Cinema”. The thought-provoking lecture was given on Feb. 23 by Prof. Cybelle McFadden (W&M ’97) from University of North Carolina, Greensboro following a screening of Ligne de couleur… Read More

Alumni Video Profile: Kevin Lonabaugh


Kevin Lonabaugh, W&M Class of 2010 discusses the lessons he learned while a French and Francophone Studies major at William & Mary, and how his experiences here at the college are currently at play in his new life at pharmacy school at the University of Virginia.

Grice, Eve (class of 2011)

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After graduating in May 2011 with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies (Highest Honors/McCormack-Reboussin scholar) and Women’s Studies, Eve is now a Flagship Fellow starting her first year in the Women’s Studies Ph.D. Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. There, she will continue integrating her interests in French and Francophone studies and… Read More

Lauer, Abby (Class of 2009)

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After graduating from William and Mary in 2009 with a major in Biology and a minor in French, Abby attended Harvard Law School where she studied intellectual property  law. She is now an Associate in the intellectual property department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the law firm’s Washington, DC office. Studying French at William… Read More

Wagstaff, Laura (Class of 2009)

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Following graduation in 2009, Laura Wagstaff (McCormack-Reboussin Scholar 07-09) moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in higher education and multicultural exchange. She has held positions in the Development & Special Events department of Washington National Opera and in Georgetown University’s Office of Advancement. Currently, Laura serves as the Assistant Director in the Georgetown… Read More

Carr, Bridget (class of 2012)

Bridget, the 2011-12 Reboussin scholar write:  “I currently hold a term appointment (renewable for up to four years) at the U.S. Dept. of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. as a “paralegal specialist.” In the Antitrust Division I have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the attorneys preparing for depositions, serving subpoenas, interviewing witnesses, and… Read More

Dukes, Leonore (class of 2010)

Lenore Dukes taught English in 2010-2011 in the Académie of Creteil (just outside of Paris, France). “I’m excited to bring my experience and knowledge of American society to my teaching. I hope to continue my research on French engagements with diversity through the institution of public schools – as well as to enjoy living in… Read More

Czajka, Casey (Class of 2010)

In the Fall of 2010 Casey Czajka started a PhD program in the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University. She intends to research the politics of death and mourning in France. In particular, she plans to study state funerals under the French Third Republic and the ways in which such public displays of… Read More

Osman, Julia (Class of 2004)


Julia Osman (’04) will be returning to campus in November to meet with the students currently enrolled in Prof. Pacini’s senior seminar. In addition to speaking on Laclos’ novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (on this year’s syllabus for French 450), Osman will talk about her research and writing methods, and in particular about how she transformed… Read More

Spence, Melanie (Class of 2002)

“I’m currently living in Washington DC, after having completed an MA in international administration at the University of Denver and 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.  I now work for Population Services International ( an international NGO that works in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV in over 60… Read More

Hunsberger, Ariel (Class of 2009)

Ariel received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach English in Andorra and is currently working at the Chronicle for Higher Education “I came to William & Mary as a near-native French speaker and I was looking for a program that could offer insightful and current commentary on French language and culture.  Throughout my four years in… Read More

Lonabaugh, Kevin (Class of 2010)

Kevin Lonabaugh (French/Francophone Studies and Biology, Monroe student and Phi Beta Kappa), has just been informed by the French Embassy that he received an Assistantship for next year and that he will teach English in 2010-11 in a French lycée in Corsica. “During my four years at the College, I decided to double major in… Read More

Goertz, Jonathan (Class of 2004)

On June 5 I was ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Diocese of Richmond. I currently serve at a cluster of four parishes in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia. I don’t use my French as much, but I put my developing Spanish to use regularly to serve our Latin American parishioners. Conformance of a plan… Read More

Alexander Baroody, Barbara (Class of 1959)

I taught French at the University of Richmond for over 20 years, retiring in 2000 I but did some night school classes for a couple of years after that. At UR, in addition to teaching, I was the Director of the Intensive French Program, hiring and training Drill Instructors, and I was also the Director… Read More

Seidler, Amanda (Class of 1992)

Would you believe that one can combine language skills with teaching skiing? Yes, it is possible. For a decade straight out of W&M I used French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish with private clientele at Keystone, CO, part of Vail Resorts. Then fell into international bike guiding with Vermont Bicycle Touring http// headquartered in Burgundy, France…. Read More

Claypool, Mary (Class of 2003)

Since graduation in 2003, I worked for two years as a legal assistant before returning to graduate studies in the language I love, French. I received my Master’s degree in French in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am currently writing my dissertation in Geneva, Switzerland thanks to a dissertation fellowship. The Ph.D. is… Read More

Julia Zamecnik ‘11: from William and Mary to NATO

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When I got to college, I’d completed my language proficiency requirement and was fully prepared to stop taking French, and in fact I didn’t take any French my first semester at William and Mary. However, I can honestly say that restarting French was one of the best decisions I’ve made since arriving on campus. I’ve… Read More

Sessoms Copan, Lauralyn (Class of 1983)

(BA, MA, ED French/Elem.Ed., Museum Education): Currently I am a French Tutor ! 🙂 (Updated 2010) Pay attention to the formatting of a paper if the formatting rules are not complied with, the article will not published.

Reed, Stephanie (Class of 2006)

(BA International Relations & French): Foreign Service Officer serving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia until summer 2011. (Updated 2010) Check academic writing to the paper on literacy and uniqueness reread your paper several times.

Hutcheson, Elizabeth (Class of 1985)

(BA French): I have my own greeting card and design business (Fast Snail Greetings & Design). One of my “specialities” is French motifs. People love the Eiffel Tower! (Updated 2010)

Duffrin Kelley, Diane (Class 0f 1990)

(BA French): Getting to homecoming at W&M is never easy. I am an Associate Professor of French at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. I am also currently serving as the Chair of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department. I can only imagine all the work gone into setting up this website –… Read More

Boardman Artigues, Carol (Class of 1963)

(BA French): I work with several American study abroad programs in Aix-en-Provence, France. Enjoy seeing W&M students in my groups! (Updated 2010) writing a research paper by

Abbott Bayraktar, Breanna (Class of 2000)

(BA French & History): After teaching English for two years in France, I returned to the U.S. for grad school. I finished my master’s degree in 2004 and am nearly finished with the coursework for my PhD in education.

Zaccaria, Joe (Class of 1981)

Joe Zaccaria (class of 1981) writes: “If not for my French studies at W&M . . . I probably wouldn’t have known of Montpellier other than as a three-minute train station stop on the way to Carcassonne or Barcelona. I wouldn’t have discovered the joys of the landscapes, language, “vieilles pierres”, and people of Languedoc… Read More

Loveley, Monica (Class of 2005)


Monica Loveley (’05) writes from Guyane: “I’m working right now in Cayenne, French Guiana, the capitol of the only French department in South America. I teach English to students from ages 10 to 21, mostly children of immigrants from Suriname, Brazil, Haiti, Dominica, British Guyana, and the metropole. Here is complete immersion in the French… Read More

Johnston, Drew (Class of 2005)


Drew Johnston (’05) is spending seven months in 2005 and 2006 as an “Assistant de Langue Vivante” in the French overseas department of Réunion, a tropical island located 500 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. He works 12 hours a week in a high school and middle school with small groups of nine… Read More

Odell, Clara (Class of 2004)

Clara Odell ’04 writes about her experiences in France: “Returning to France as a teaching assistant was, for me, the perfect choice of what to do after graduation. My time in Albi was fulfilling in terms of gaining teaching experience and living in a beautiful Southwestern French town, but it also, in combination with my… Read More

Leach Kemon, Katie (Class of 2004)


In a letter from Niger, Katie Leach-Kemon ’04 reflects upon her current work in the Peace Corps. In particular, she discusses the relevance of last year’s honors thesis research on French women in the eighteenth-century public sphere. Katie writes: “In my senior honors thesis, I explored popular discussion about prostitutes as a social problem in… Read More

McFadden Wilkens, Cybelle (Class of 1997)

Cybelle McFadden Wilkens ’97 has just defended her PhD in Romance Studies at Duke University. While at William & Mary, Cybelle wrote an honors thesis in French entitled “Imagining the Impossible: Alternative Visions and Representations of Women and Their Desire in Films By Kurys, Varda, and Akerman.” After graduation, she conducted research in Brussels as… Read More

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