The Department of French and Italian

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Marc Bizer

Dr. Marc Bizer

Marc Bizer is Professor of French Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a specialist of 16th- and 17th-century France. He has published 3 books on the poetic, social, and political implications of the reception of classical Antiquity in early modern France. In spring 2021, he will be teaching "French through Cuisine (FR 327C)" and "Representing Difference (FR 325E)". His office hours can be found here.

Graduate Spotlight

Julia Burgin

Julia Burgin

Julia is a first-year Ph.D. student in French Studies. She received her B.A. in French and Francophone Studies in 2018 and her M.A. in French Literature in 2020 from the University of Florida. Her research interests lie within the 19th C at the intersection of literature and the visual arts, Jewish studies, and colonialism. Learn more here.

Undergraduate Spotlight

Sofia Aluma

Sofía Aluma-Santos

A dual degree graduate with a B.A. in French Honors and B.B.A. in Marketing from McCombs, and a recipient of the James Stephens Memorial Excellence Departmental Scholarship in 2014. She completed a French honors thesis on the lives of the Maghreb women in France, as expressed through literature and starred in the French Department’s student production of Molière’s Les Précieuses ridicules.

Why Study Italian?

🇮🇹🌍 Why study Italian? Check out this video and explore course offerings in the department here

Learn French Online

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Graduate Programs

Study Abroad: Rome

Lyon Summer Program

Paola Bonifazio

Chair of French & Italian

Paola Bonifazio

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