The Department of French and Italian

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. David P. Birdsong

David P. Birdsong

David Birdsong is Professor of French at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, having previously held positions in Linguistics and Romance Languages at the University of Florida, Georgetown University, and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. 

Graduate Spotlight

Andrea Blatz 

Andrea Blatz

Andrea Blatz is a fifth-year student in French Studies. She received her B.A. in French and Linguistics from Colgate University and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores the relation between space and place, the environment, and colonialism in early French science fiction. 

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?

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Learn French Online

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Graduate Programs

Study Abroad in Rome

Study Abroad in Lyon

Paola Bonifazio

Chair of French & Italian

Paola Bonifazio

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    University of Texas at Austin
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