Graduate Program Success Stories
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Currently Assistant Professor at Portland State University
"I realized at Notre Dame that I could become a professor of French. My only ambitions, when I arrived on this beautiful campus, were to get my degree and then teach the French language somewhere. Then, I fell in love all over again with French literature from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, thanks to professors whose dedication to pass on their passion to their students still motivates me today. I found in the department an unexpected open-mindedness that allowed me to work on unconventional issues in contemporary French novels, and inspired me to continue on successfully to the doctorate level."
B.A. 2000, M.A. 2002
Kaneb Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002.
Graduate Student Union Award for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant for 2001
Lifetime Achievement Award, South Bend's Center for the Homeless.
Currently employed by Sotheby's in New York
"I spent my junior and senior year working at the Snite Museum of Art, giving tours of French art to students in both French and English.
I decided to stay one more year and pursue my Masters in French literature in the fall of 2001. It was a wonderful opportunity to continue my studies in a short amount of time, and it also gave me the opportunity to teach."
BA 2000, M.A. 2001
Pi Delta Phi. Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, 2001
Fulbright Award, France, 2002
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in French at Princeton University
"I have been so motivated by my courses at the University of Notre Dame, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Versailles course with Prof. Louis MacKenzie and the Proust seminar with Prof. Catherine Perry are are just two examples of excellence in teaching, and I hope to give back someday all that I have learned as a student in the Department of Romance Languages."