Biographical Sketch

Devan Baty's research and teaching interests are closely intertwined, focusing on Francophone literature, culture and cinema of the Maghreb, the situation of Muslims in France, post-colonial perspectives and print culture and female readers in early modern France. From the beginning to the advanced level, she integrates information and intercultural literacy tasks into language instruction.

Academic History

  • PhD in French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • MA in French, University of Iowa, 1995
  • BA in French and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, 1992

Courses Taught

  • Beginning French Language
  • Intermediate French in Context 
  • Advanced French Composition and Conversation
  • Introduction to French and Francophone Literature
  • Power, Honor and Love in Medieval France
  • Passionate Extremes in Early Modern France
  • Junior-Senior Seminar
    • French-Algerian Representations of Identity in Literature, Film and Culture
    • Desire and Narration
  • Cultures of France and the Francophone World
  • Libertines, Rogues and Femmes Fatales in French Literature (taught in English)
  • Islam and Post-colonialism in Contemporary Morocco (co-taught in Morocco)
  • Advanced Conversation and Culture Abroad (taught in France and Montreal)
  • Landscape, Language and Identity in the French Caribbean (Martinique)
  • Beyond the Hexagon: France and the Maghreb
  • The French Enlightenment

Recent Conferences Attended

  • ACM Faculty Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL): "Sustainability on the Margins: Investigating Adaptation and Change in Jordan," July, 2015
  • 2015 Chicago Language Symposium:  "Contexts and Language Learning: Situated Learning in the 21st Century," April, 2015
  • NEH Summer Seminar:  "Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia:  Literature, the Arts and Cinema since Independence," June-July, 2014
  • American Association of Teachers of French Annual Convention, New Orleans, July, 2014
  • "Le Français bouge en classe/Circulating French in the Classroom:  Reading Literature in Community," University of Notre Dame, 2013

Faculty-Student Research

Cornell Summer Research Institute 2016:  "Research and Development of Digital Games for (French) Language Retention and Practice" with Kat Sayrs and Brooke Bergantzel.