Illinois Wesleyan
French & Francophone Studies


Learning from a Qualified Faculty

From Medieval France to the Maghreb, the French and Francophone Studies faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University represent a wide range of research and teaching interests. The interdisciplinary nature of teaching at IWU allows contributions not only to courses in French language, literature, and culture at all levels of instruction, but also to the Humanities "World of Ideas" core courses, and the Western European Studies and African Studies of the International Studies program. Our faculty also participate in courses in the "Literature and Culture" rubric and Women's Studies courses, as well as annual offerings in the university first-year student writing program, the Gateway Colloquia.


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 Cristina Almeida Vlez

 Adjunct Instructor of French


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Dr. Christopher Callahan

Professor of French

My research focuses on lyric poetry as a performed genre.  As it combines narratology and music, my work has extended to include narrative as well as lyrico-narrative nerse, the motet, and most recently, rhetoric and drama.  I am also an avid reader in art history, particularly Romanesque and Gothic iconography, and I have developed a web site for instruction in that field.

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All correspondence can be mailed to individual faculty members at:

French & Francophone Studies Program
104 Buck Memorial Library
210 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL


"The French and Francophone Studies professors at Illinois Wesleyan University are professional scholars who care deeply about their students’ success. They are always charismatic in the classroom and continuously available to help their students outside the classroom. They are the perfect example of teachers who show their students that with hard work anything is possible."Messifa Ankou

- Messifa Ankou '10,
professional educator, translator, and interpreter


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