Members Directory

The Society for Early Modern French Studies currently comprises over one hundred academics based in the UK, as well as North America and continental Europe. Our members represent a range of disciplines and historical periods, as well as the full spectrum of academic career stages. Here you will find a directory of some of our members, their institutions, and key research interests.

Dr Joanna Barker (University of Durham): Early modern women’s writing; education; translation. 

Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun (University of Copenhagen): Early Modern devotion.

Dr Anton Bruder (University of Cambridge, University of Utrecht): Claude Fauchet; sixteenth-century historiography; language and literature; Renaissance poetics. 

Dr Emily Butterworth (King’s College London): Sixteenth-century literature and culture; offensive and deviant language; scandal and gossip; Marguerite de Navarre; discourses of tolerance.

Dr Michael Call (Brigham Young University, USA): Early modern comedy; history of the book; cultural representations of chance, probability, and risk.

Professor Claire Carlin (University of Victoria, BC, Canada): Seventeenth-century theatre (especially Corneille), representations of early modern marriage, the medallic history of the reign of Louis XIV.

Professor David Cowling (University of Durham): Sixteenth-century French studies, especially cognitive approaches to metaphor and figurative language, and metalinguistic debates.

Mr Bastian Felter Vaucanson (University of Copenhagen & Université Rennes 2): écriture de soi, epistolary culture, philosophy, theology, the history of spirituality, and devotional practices.

Dr Alessandro De Francesco (Berne University of the Arts, Switzerland): Early modern, modern and contemporary poetry; poetics and aesthetics; relations between poetry and the visual arts; conceptual and post-gente writing; literary theory; French Theory.

Dr Emma Gilby (University of Cambridge): Seventeenth-century philosophy (especially Descartes); early modern receptions of classical rhetoric and poetics; the history of critical practice.

Dr Jessica Goodman (University of Oxford): Eighteenth-century literature; posterity; glory; authorial self-fashioning; theatre; Franco-Italian exchange; sociological approaches to literature.

Professor Paul Hammond FBA (University of Leeds, School of English): French tragedy (especially Corneille and Racine). See

Dr Thomas Harrington (Independent Scholar): Intellectual history of the seventeenth century; the thought of Blaise Pascal.

Professor Joseph Harris (Royal Holloway, University of London): Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French and comparative literature, especially theatre and dramatic theory; death and violence; laughter; misanthropy.

Dr Adam Horsley (University of Exeter): Libertinage in seventeenth-century French culture; libertin authors (especially Théophile de Viau and François Maynard); subversive texts and the criminal justice system; political and legal history, material bibliography.

Professor Katherine Ibbett (University of Oxford): Late sixteenth to late seventeenth-century literature and culture; emotions and affects; environmental humanities in general and water in particular; the French Americas.

Dr Suzanne Jones (University of Paris X): Seventeenth-century French theatre; Molière in English translation; plays in print; regionalization in drama.

Professor Neil Kenny (University of Oxford): Early modern French literature and thought (especially from the early sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century); families of writers / scholars; the relation of literature and learning to social hierarchy in early modern France.

Professor Rebecca Kingston (University of Toronto): History of political thought; development of conceptions of the public and the public good in early modern French thought; the reception of Plutarch in France and England.

Professor Lise Leibacher-Ouvrard (University of Arizona): French literature and culture (17th century); cultural and gender studies (17th-18th centuries); early-modern and feminist utopias / utopianism; libertinism and politics; medical, confessional and literary discourses on gender and sexuality; travel literature and colonial writing.

Mrs Ramona-Dana Lungu (University of Bristol): Seventeenth-century French tragedy (Racine, Corneille, Longepierre); female tragic characters (Phèdre, Médée, Clytemnestre); women and violence (infanticide, parricide, incest); social norms and beliefs with regard to violent female crimes; performance and classical reception.

Dr Charles Marshall (University of Warwick): Early Modern French travel writing; representations of Portuguese India and of intercultural encounter.

Dr David McCallam (University of Sheffield): eighteenth-century French literature; early modern environmental humanities in France and Europe; French Revolution.

Dr Mairi McLaughlin (University of California, Berkeley): Language and language attitudes in France and Italy; early-modern translation; early-modern newspapers and periodicals.

Professor Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge): Intellectual history; moral, religious, and social ideas; moralists; Descartes; Pascal.

Dr. Sarah Nelson (University of Idaho): Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature; Reformation; early modern women’s writing; translation.

Dr Annalisa Nicholson (University of Oxford): Early modern literature and culture, especially women’s writing; seventeenth-century French salons; Huguenots; exile communities; the early modern reception of Lucretius and Epicurus.

Professor John O’Brien (University of Durham): Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature; Montaigne and La Bóetie inside and outside France; French seditious and controversial literature in Early Modern Europe; libraries and collectors in France and England; the influence of classical literature and thought.

Dr Jennifer Oliver (University of Oxford): Sixteenth-century literature and culture; history of topoi, metaphors, and other forms of analogy; history of science and technology; (eco-)critical approaches to the nature/culture divide.

Dr Jonathan Patterson (University of Oxford): Early modern French Literature (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); Anglo-French exchanges; literature in its relation to law and bureaucracy; representation of money and status in early modern culture.

Professor Henry Phillips (University of Manchester): 17th-century literature and religious culture.

Dr Síofra Pierse (UCD Dublin): Eighteenth-century literature and history of ideas (the early-modern Self; Truth; Doubt); Voltairean historiography; early-modern female-authored French novelists (Tencin; Riccoboni; Graffigny; Charrière; Gougles; Staël); the city in eighteenth-century French literature.

Professor Julia Prest (University of St Andrews): early-modern French and Caribbean theatre, including ballet and opera; theatre and slavery in Saint-Domingue.

Professor Hugh Roberts (University of Exeter): Libertine poetry; nonsense; early seventeenth-century comic works and theatre, especially Bruscambille.

Dr Jean Luc Robin (The University of Alabama): 17th-century French literature and thought; Descartes; relationships between literature and science during the scientific revolution and the contemporaneous emergence of classical literature in France; philosophy of Molière from the perspective of dramaturgy.

Dr. Alexander Roose (Ghent University): French early modern literature and thought; Montaigne, Pascal.

Professor Richard Scholar (Durham University): Early modern French literature and thought; Montaigne; theories of keywords, linguistic structures and literary forms; ‘untranslatable’ French terms in English cultural contexts.

Dr Helena Taylor (University of Exeter): Seventeenth-century literature and culture; classical reception (particularly Ovid); quarrels; women’s cultural practice.

Dr Rowan Tomlinson (University of Bristol): Early-modern literary, intellectual, and cultural history; history of poetics and rhetoric; classical reception; history of disciplines; history of education; reception of Italian humanism in France.

Dr Philippa Woodcock (Oxford Brookes/CNAM, Paris): Early modern governors and French Milan;  history of the rural Reformation and Counter Reformation; recycled art; history of ambassadorial patronage; Huguenot diaspora in the British Isles; Franco-Italian rivalry.

Professor Thomas Worcester, S.J. (Regis College, Toronto): Jesuit history; papal history; religion and culture in early 17th-century France; saints as cultural history; preaching as panegyric.