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Margaret Dempster

Associate Professor of Instruction in French; Director of the French Language Program

Ph.D., Indiana University; B.S., University of Wisconsin

Margaret Dempster (French, Ph.D. Indiana University). She earned her B.S. in French and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her M.A. in French literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. from Indiana University.  Her doctoral dissertation entitled: "Writing, Punishment, and the Self: A Study of Five Twentieth-century French Novels,” focuses on narration and identity.  She has studied with the Council in Educational Exchange Critical Studies Program as well as at the University of Paris VII-Jussieu in Paris.  Margaret has also worked in France as an interpreter and culinary aide at the Ecole de Gastronomie Française in Paris and has taught English at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris and at the Université de Pau in Pau, France. She has taught French at the University of Illinois, Iowa State University and Indiana University as well as at a Montessori school in Indiana. Her interests are in eighteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, twentieth-century women writers and autobiography as well as French for Commerce and Industry.

Margaret coordinates the Intensive First-year French program, and holds the position of Study Abroad adviser for French. Currently, she serves as a member of the University Study Abroad Committee (USAC) and the committee for Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG).  Margaret has been a member of the Council on Language Instruction (CLI) since 2003, and served as CLI Co-Chair from 2009-2011. She has taught two First-year seminars and has served as a Freshman adviser.  Margaret has been a faculty fellow at the International Studies Residence College (ISRC) since 2003 and served as ISRC Master from 2008-2012.  She and her colleague, Aude Raymond, sponsor the weekly Table française lunches at ISRC. For two years, Margaret served as the Advertising Manager for the French Review, the main publication of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

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