• Devan Baty

    Devan Baty

    Professor of French

Biographical Sketch

Devan Baty teaches French language, culture and literature courses from the beginning to advanced levels. Her academic interests include early modern French literature and postcolonial Francophone perspectives. Her most current project involves the integration of information and intercultural literacy tasks into language instruction using authentic resources and digital technologies. Ph.D. French Literature.

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

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.


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.

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