PhD Cornell University, 2012
MA Cornell University, 2008
MA Université Savoie-Mont Blanc, 2004
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 Ph.D. 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.
On leave fall 2019.