Caroline Ferraris-Besso

Assistant Professor




Campus Box 0411


McKnight Hall
Room 32
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD Cornell University, 2012
MA Cornell University, 2008
MA Université Savoie-Mont Blanc, 2004

Academic Focus

Nineteenth and twentieth-century French literature; Postcolonial studies; Polynesian studies; Visual culture

Caroline Ferraris-Besso received her licence, maîtrise and master’s degrees in French literature from the Université  Savoie Mont Blanc. She complemented her studies with coursework in contemporary European culture in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter (UK). She then came to the United States to pursue doctoral work in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University, where she completed her PhD in 2012. Before coming to Gettysburg, she held visiting assistant professorships at Miami University, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Caroline’s research is concerned with the ways in which literature and art have been used as tools to shape racial, social, and sexual minorities in the French Colonial Empire. Her current book-length project is tentatively entitled Postcarding the Other: Polynesia and the Nineteenth-Century French Imagination.

Spring 2020 Office Hours: MW 11am-12pm; F 12pm-1pm; and by appointment

Courses Taught