Catherine Slawy-Sutton


Ph.D., M.A. Indiana University
M.A., B.A. University of Nice


I teach all levels of language and literature, from French 101 to Senior Major Seminar. I have particularly enjoyed teaching my Introduction to Literature course, "Childhood and Youth" and my higher-level courses, "North Africa in Novel and Film," "Maghreb: Francophone Authors," "Asia in Novel and Film" and "Vietnam: Francophone Authors."

My primary research interest has been Colette. I have also written on the genre of women's autobiography, the contemporary French novel, literature or film by francophone authors from the Maghreb and from Vietnam, and reflecting on the meaning of having been raised in Africa during colonization. My articles and reviews have been published in a variety of journals. My current work focuses on Franco-Algerian writer Karima Berger.

I've also previously served as newsletter editor for Women in French and review editor for The French Review (Literary History and Criticism).

I've served as Resident Director on the Davidson-in-France program, as well as Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies.

I'm married with two children. My favorite activities are hiking with my dog, water aerobics, gardening, traveling and skiing.