Louis MacKenzie

Emeritus Professor of French and Francophone Studies


Ph.D., Cornell University 

M.A., Middlebury College

B.A., University of Notre Dame


Professor MacKenzie's teaching and research interests include, but are not limited to, 17th-century French literature, with special focus on Jansenism (Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyère, and Racine). He also works on French poetry generally with special emphasis on those poets (e.g., Ronsard, du Bellay, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Valery et al.) who treat the subject of the poet in their poetry. MacKenzie teaches a "cultural studies" course on opera and French literature and another on Louis XIV's Versailles. He is a three-time winner of university teaching awards, the Kaneb, the Joyce and, in 2011, the Madden as the outstanding teacher of first-year students. In 2013 Professor MacKenzie stepped down as Chair of Music, a position he held for six years.