Biographical Sketch

Devan Baty's current research and teaching are closely intertwined, focusing on Francophone literature, culture and cinema of the Maghreb, the situation of Muslims in France, eco-critical and post-colonial perspectives in French and Francophone literature and Migration Studies. From the beginning to the advanced level, she integrates information and intercultural literacy tasks into language instruction through use of authentic resources and digital technologies. 

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
  • Cultural Métissage and Francophone Voices of the African Diaspora
  • French-American Encounters (beginning in fall, 2018)

Recent Conferences Attended

  • ACM Faculty Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL):  "Wilderness in the Anthropocene," Coe College Wilderness Field Station, Northern Minnesota, July, 2017 .
  • 2016 Chicago Language Symposium:  “Blended/Hybrid Learning in the Foreign Language Context,” University of Illinois, Chicago, April, 2016.
  • Council of Independent Colleges:  “Securing America’s Future” Workshop, Augustana College, October 25, 2016.
  • World Languages Conference: “From Crisis Management to Innovation: Reimagining the Role of World Languages in the 21st Century,” Simpson College, October 6-7, 2015.
  • ACM Faculty Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL): "Sustainability on the Margins: Investigating Adaptation and Change in Jordan," ACOR, Amman, Jordan, July, 2015.
  • 2015 Chicago Language Symposium:  "Contexts and Language Learning: Situated Learning in the 21st Century," DePaul University, April, 2015.
  • NEH Summer Seminar:  "Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia:  Literature, the Arts and Cinema since Independence," Eugene, Oregon, 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.

Grants

Mellon Foundation Grant, Collaboration between languages faculty from Coe and Cornell Colleges:  “The Civic Humanities: A Foreign Language Collaboration Between Coe and Cornell Colleges,” summer, 2017-summer, 2019.

ACM FaCE Grant, Collaboration between languages faculty from Cornell, Coe and Grinnell Colleges and the University of Iowa MFA Program in Literary Translation:  “Translation for Global Literacies Across the Curriculum,” fall, 2016-spring, 2018.

ACM FaCE Grant, Collaboration between French faculty from Coe and Cornell Colleges:  “LOCALLY FRANCOPHONE: Community-Based Applied and Pre-Professional French,” fall, 2016-spring, 2019.  

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